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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.

Lead your career. Gain the knowledge, skills, experiences, attitudes, perspectives, and tools necessary to understand leadership in individual, organizational, and community settings in an ever-changing global society.

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies gives you the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective leader in areas of management, team building, HR management and development, decision making, resource allocation, conflict resolution, and strategic planning in solving individual, 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) 

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

Student Services

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  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you  
  • Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU 
  • Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management 
  • Success Coaching: One-on-one support to reach your academic and personal goals 
  • Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants 
  • Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career 
  • Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians 
  • Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training 
  • 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU 


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
  • OLS 39000Leadership Theories and Processes3 Credits
  • Organizational Leadership Courses3 Credits

    Choose one: OLS 33100, OLS 37100, OLS 38300, or other as approved by department.

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $293.16
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $879.48
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1015.90
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3047.70

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is eligible for financial aid at IUPUI. 

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