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Business Leadership Certificate


Boost Your Career with a Leadership Certificate


Enhance your résumé with the help of a leadership certificate from the School of Business. This new certificate will expose you to foundational leadership principles such as:

  • A comprehensive introduction to business fundamentals
  • Key concepts of organizational behavior
  • Execution in values-based leadership
  • Application of management strategies
  • Critical business concepts and theories

This certificate also offers a skills-based curriculum aligned with employer demand.  And upon completion, you are primed for a leadership career and are guaranteed admission into a WGU School of Business degree program

Time to complete certificate

4 Months

Learners should plan to dedicate 15–20 hours a week to the program. 

Certificate cost


Tuition covers costs for any e-textbooks or other resources.

Certificate consists of

3 courses

This certificate has 3 courses, with 9 total credits.


Business Leadership Courses

WGU is known for the high return on investment of its degree programs. The Leadership certificate is no exception. The skillsets offered in this certificate are particularly valuable for emerging leaders who want to develop an understanding of their leadership strategy and foster their ability to effectively lead others.

The certificate is a self-directed, competency-based program you can complete on your own schedule. We recommend dedicating 15–20 hours per week to successfully complete the program.  

Please note that this program does not require a bachelor’s degree and provides transferable competency units towards a WGU School of Business bachelor’s degree program.

The 3 courses in this program are:

In this introductory course, you will get an overview of the field of business. You will look at how management, organizational structure, communication, and leadership styles affect the business environment. You will also explore power skills. These skills include time management, problem-solving, emotional intelligence, and innovation. And they are essential to the success of business professionals. Finally, you will learn the importance of ethics in business..

In Organizational Behavior, you will explore how to lead and manage effectively in diverse business environments. You will explore individual behavior and how groups develop. You will also consider the nature of work teams, organizational culture, leadership, and performance improvement. Finally, you will demonstrate your ability to apply organizational leadership theories and management strategies in a series of scenario-based problems.

In Values-Based Leadership, you will engage in reflection, design, and scenario planning. Through a combination of theory, reflection, value alignment, and practice, you will examine and understand values-based leadership. You will also explore the foundations of creating a culture of care. In this course, you will have the opportunity to identify and define your personal values through an assessment and reflection process. Following that, you will evaluate business cases. Looking at these cases will give you the chance to map the influence of values on your own leadership. In scenario planning, you will practice implementing your values in your daily routine (i.e., behaviors) and then in a leadership setting. Through this course, you will see how values-based leadership is used in goal setting and problem-solving at an organizational level.


Why Choose a Certificate?

If you're not quite ready to commit to a full degree program, want to try out online learning, or need a faster way to boost your résumé, a WGU certificate could be the right fit for you. With a certificate program, you can begin any time you want—no need to wait for the first of the month. WGU Certificates are also self-paced, so you can move as quickly as you are able to master the material. Plus, the certificate courses are transferrable to WGU degree programs, so you can continue your education whenever you're ready.

100% Online Courses that Work with Your Schedule

Our certificates are 100% online, and there are no set class times. This means you can work on your certificate whenever it makes sense for you and your busy schedule. You're in the driver's seat of your education.

Full Suite of Support Services

WGU has deep experience serving learners from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds. Our instruction, coaching, tutoring, and career resources will help you complete your certificate and reach your goals.

Competitive Pricing

Our certificate is $2,250 for a four-month program. With a competitive price relative to similar programs, you’ll find that WGU Certificates can be of immediate market value, positioning you for your next leadership position.


An Affordable  Certificate

By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their programs.

For a limited time, we’re offering a 25% discount on our leadership certificate.

That cuts tuition to just $1,688. Act fast if you’re interested in this special offer with code: LEADERSHIP25OFF


Total cost

For this certificate, there are no additional fees.
LIMITED TIME DISCOUNT: 25% off tuition means you pay just $1,688 for this certificate.

The purchase price enrolls you in the program for the term length shown, which is the average time it takes most learners to complete all courses in the program. If you do not complete your program by the last day of the term, your enrollment will automatically change to a $499 monthly subscription. The credit card you provide will be charged at that time, allowing you additional time to complete your program. You may cancel at any time.


Here's What You Can Expect from This Certificate

  • This program is for emerging leaders, however this program does not require a bachelor’s degree, and provides transferable credit towards a WGU degree program.
  • To successfully complete this course, you must have internet access, a computer, and an external webcam.
  • You will take the proctored objective assessments and submit your performance assessment for evaluation by our WGU Evaluation Team. You will have three attempts to pass the objective assessments. If you are unable to pass the objective assessment on the third attempt, you will have to pay additional fees for your exam.
  • The program’s orientation course will introduce you to the full program experience and prepare you for success.
  • This certificate will be self-directed, similar to other WGU competency-based courses, allowing you to complete modules as quickly as you master the material. 
  • You are responsible for maintaining your pace toward completion and being self-directed in your coursework.
  • You should plan to dedicate 15–20 hours a week to the program. 


Real Results for Your Business Career

Whether you aspire to work for a Fortune 500 organization, a government agency, a non-profit organization, or a fast-paced start-up, this certificate can give you the keys to success in a variety of industries, including:

  • Finance and Banking
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • IT
  • Consulting
  • Nonprofit
  • Government

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