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Leadership Studies

Undergraduate Certificate

This undergraduate certificate is awarded by Purdue University at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). IUPUI is administered by Indiana University.

*Courses for this certificate program are offered both online and on campus. Please check the current course listings for online availability.

Today's changing, pluralistic, and global society requires leaders possessing a broad range of knowledge, skills, experiences, attitudes, perspectives, and tools.

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies gives you the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective leader in areas of supervisory management, team building, personnel selection and development, decision making, resource allocation, conflict resolution, and strategic planning in solving individual, team/group, and organizational problems. You study human behavior in organizations, ethical decisions in leadership, applied leadership, leadership for a global workforce, and leadership theories and processes.

As a student in the program, you learn to define and defend your personal philosophy of leadership and ethical behavior. You learn to make leadership-oriented decisions that are ethically, legally, morally, and strategically sound. You gain an understanding of the importance of attracting, managing, and motivating a globally diverse workforce. You learn to improve individual and organizational performance by applying the appropriate leadership theories and processes in practice. You also evaluate the appropriateness of leadership behaviors in given situations, and make suggestions for improving those behaviors. 

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies prepares you for such careers as:

  • General manager 
  • Assistant manager 
  • Sales leadership 
  • Team leader 
  • Leadership development specialist 
  • Operations manager 
  • Facility manager 
  • Production manager 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, you must complete 18 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Leadership studies core courses (15 credit hours) 
  • Any 300/400-level OLS elective (3 credit hours) 

NOTE: You must complete English W131 and Communication R110 prior to enrolling in any leadership studies core courses. 


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

  • Complete application for admission.  
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.  
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or:  
       IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions

       Cavanaugh Hall 147 
       425 University Boulevard 
       Indianapolis, IN 46202 

Application Deadlines
Fall Semester
May 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Semester
March 15


  • OLS 25200 Human Behavior in Organizations3 Credits
  • OLS 26300Ethical Decisions in Leadership3 Credits
  • OLS 27400Applied Leadership3 Credits
  • OLS 32700Leadership for a Global Work Force3 Credits
  • Organizational Leadership Courses3 Credits
  • Technical Communication Courses3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $275.17
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $825.51
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $957.58
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2872.74
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education

    With more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.