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The graduate leadership certificate is designed for working professionals and provides a deep foundation of problem-based learning about leadership from many different perspectives. The program is entirely online. Participants can expect to finish the program in approximately one year. Credits may be applied to additional graduate work. 

The certificate program can be applied to any field and is designed to help individuals explore how they are called to lead and can enhance their own ability to navigate personal leadership challenges. All participants will be mentored and will receive a high level of faculty support as they progress through the program.

Program Benefits

Advance your career

Earn a credential

Create a summative portfolio of work

Earn credits toward a master's degree

Grow leadership abilities

Sharpen professional skills

Collaborate with a faculty mentor

Complete the program in 12 months

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Kassy Grosser
Director of Graduate Program Operations
(319) 352-8511

Wartburg College defines leadership as “taking responsibility for our communities and making them better through public action.”  Community, in this context, can be broadly defined to include employment community, a spiritual community, and a geographic community, etc. Understanding the relationship of your role in various communities is critical for personal satisfaction and effective leadership. 

  • Apply online through our free graduate application.
  • Submit an undergraduate transcript from a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Submit an online essay.
  • Submit letters of recommendation.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00* from degree-granting college/university.
  • A personal statement (1-3) pages which addresses the following topics:
            – Your education and professional experience and how this has prepared you for graduate study in leadership.
            – Your personal reflection on what makes you a good candidate for an advanced degree in leadership.
            – A basic overview of a change you’d like to see in your workplace or organization of interest and how this program might assist you in implementing that change.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume including any relevant educational and professional experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references that must be received directly from references.  One letter should address the student’s leadership capabilities and ability to create positive change.  One letter should address the student’s ability to manage multiple priorities and be successful in academic pursuits.

*Students may be admitted on provisional status with a lower GPA.  Students on provisional status must obtain at least a 3.00 GPA after their first fall or winter term.

Financing Your Education

There are many ways to finance your graduate education at Wartburg. Below are some additional options students should consider:

  • Employer Support – Consider visiting with your employer about the possibility of financially supporting your education. Many employers offer partial or even full financial support for graduate programs. If your employer is a Learning Alliance member, employees and their spouses receive a 10 percent tuition discount for graduate study.
  • Alumni Scholarship – Wartburg College alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on the cost of tuition.

Upon completion of the graduate certificate, the learner will have demonstrated the following abilities and attributes:

  • Express a personal leadership identity, maximizing on personal effectiveness. 
  • Analyze complex environments and the need for change. 
  • Evaluate the role innovation and entrepreneurship play in organizational effectiveness within economic, social and political environments.
  • Develop knowledge, skills and commitments that foster stewardship of human and material resources. 
  • Translate the leadership development process through the creation of a portfolio reflective of the leadership journey. 
  • Articulate reflective analyses on what it means to live a life of purpose, distinguishing a life of success and a life of significance.
Leadership Intensive Seminar: Integrating Mind, Body, Spirit
Communication Theory and Ethics
Leadership History and Theory
Inclusive Leadership
Leadership Resource Management
Portfolio Summary and Leadership Intensive

Courses are developed in a condensed/accelerated format that allows students to take courses primarily one course at a time.