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Strategic Leadership Certificate

Develop your inner leader. Be the difference in business.


Students must be great at their profession, but that is not enough. Although organizations are focused on the future, dealing with uncertainty and managing increasing complexity, they must also create present-day stability and growth. Strategic leadership refers to the ability to maintain a dual focus on a vision for the future and the operational mission of the present.

Strategic leadership does not come easily and research indicates that a company’s level of leadership development has a greater impact on their long-term business performance than most other factors. It is not surprising that a recent employer survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education found that executives are less interested in considering candidates with specific majors and more interested in candidates who have learned these key strategic skills.

The strategic leadership certificate is for any student looking to differentiate themselves in the competitive job marketplace through key business training and the ability to articulate how their leadership potential contributes to the strategic direction of the organization.

The strategic leadership certificate program consists of 15 semester hours including four required and one elective course. The program incorporates practical, hands-on experiences and activities that are designed to help you internalize the skills and attitude that is required for success as a strategic leader in organizations.

The Ohio University College of Business established the Robert D. Walter Center for Strategic Leadership in response to the challenges facing current and future leaders in industry today. The College of Business recognized a need to cultivate leadership potential by developing the skills through experiences offered by the Walter Center for Strategic Leadership.

Required Courses (6 Credits):

MGT 2590 Strategic Leadership Onboarding

This course prepares students to become leaders and to embark on a path of personal leadership development to lead self through the framework of authentic leadership and within the context of strategic organizational objectives. Students will develop and utilize skills in business strategy, regulatory focus, executive presence and communications, fostering collaboration, and learning agility through reading, lecture, reflection, discussion groups, assessment, active coaching, and experiential learning- applying knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems or situations where the instructor directs and facilitates learning through case studies, guided inquiry, or simulations. Requisites: Approval; Credit Hours: 3.0

MGT 3400 Organizational Behavior

This course examines the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. Focus on high performance and satisfaction in the modern workplace, and in context of cultural diversity, globalization, ethical behavior, and social responsibility. Designed to enhance career readiness in management and team leadership. Requisites: Jr or Sr; Credit Hours: 3.0

Elective Courses (9 Credits):


  • JOUR 2500 Strategic Communicaton; Credit Hours: 3.0
  • COMS 2050 Techniques of Group Discussion; Credit Hours: 3.0
  • COMS 2060 Communication in Interpersonal Relationships; Credit Hours: 3.0


  • MGT 4580 Managing Transformations and Organizational Change; Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MGT 4430 Decision Making; Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MGT 4640 Cross-Cultural Leadership and Management; Credit Hours: 3.0


  • MGT 3435 Strategic Leadership in Practice; Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ET4950/5590 Robe Leadership Seminar (ET Majors Only); Credit Hours: 3.0

Internship (for credit or not for credit) experience is strongly advised, but not required.

For questions about the Strategic Leadership Certificate, please contact Kim Jordan.