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Online Graduate Certificate in
Strategic Leadership

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Why Earn a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership?

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership from Elizabethtown College's School of Graduate and Professional Studies is a valuable asset for enhancing leadership skills in a professional setting. It offers a focused approach to leadership development, beneficial for career advancement and professional growth. For those hoping to pursue an advanced degree, the certificate provides a springboard into the Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Strategic Leadership programs.

Program Outcomes:

  • Articulate and refine a personal leadership style through practical exercises.
  • Effectively lead and manage organizational change, fostering collaboration and innovation.
  • Identify and solve complex problems, ensuring clear communication with stakeholders.
  • Build and manage effective teams, understanding dynamics in various sectors.
  • Develop strategic communication skills, tailored to ethics and diverse stakeholder needs.
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Etown SGPS Ranked in the top


For Best Online

Colleges in Pennsylvania

by Forbes for 2023

Build Leadership Skills for the Future

The online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership equips students with a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge, preparing them for various leadership roles in diverse sectors. Graduates can pursue careers like Program Manager, Director of Business Development, Operations Manager, Risk Manager, and Project Manager, applying these skills in diverse organizational contexts.

Understand Tuition Costs and Explore Scholarship Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership is priced at $695 per credit. Scholarships and financial aid are available to make your Etown SGPS education even more affordable. Below are just a few of the scholarships and programs available to students:

  • Alumni Scholarship: 15% tuition discount, available to Elizabethtown College alumni.
  • Affinity Partner Scholarship: 15% discount, offered to employees of organizations partnered with Etown SGPS.
  • Jay Fellowship Referral Program: This is a referral program that benefits both current students/alumni and prospective students. When a student or alum refers a new student, both the referrer and the referred student receive a complimentary credit for their program of interest.

Tuition and fees are reviewed and subject to change annually.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership from Elizabethtown College requires 12 credit hours of academic work. Students must take all 12 credits from Elizabethtown College to be awarded the graduate certificate.

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Application Requirements & Process

To be eligible to apply to any of our graduate certificate programs you will need to:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (waivers can be granted based on professional work experience and other factors).
  • Have a minimum of three years of professional leadership/management experience.
  • Have time to devote to your coursework; in an accelerated program, time spent outside of class is considerable.

  •  Contact or meet with our admissions staff for guidance and to find out more information.
  •  Complete the graduate application via the online portal which includes the submission of a $25 nonrefundable application fee, which is waived for Elizabethtown College graduates.
    • You will need to request official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you have attended and upload your current resume.
    • Additionally, prepare a 1-2 page essay addressing your motivation for pursuing the graduate certificate, a statement of professional goals, and goals for the application of the graduate certificate to your professional life.
  •  After submitting your application, the SGPS Team will review it and make an admissions decision.
  •  If accepted, you will receive an initial offer letter via the applicant portal, which you must accept to proceed with matriculation.
  •  If there are any questions or concerns, the admissions team will contact you for further discussion.
  •  After successfully completing your Elizabethtown College graduate certificate, students may complete the Advance in Graduate Certificate or Degree form in the JayWeb student portal to apply to a future graduate certificate or graduate degree. Additional materials may be required, depending on the program of interest.

Etown seniors, alumni, and employees may be able to take advantage of our two-step, fast-tracked application process.

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