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Leadership Foundations Certificate

Leadership is about more than achieving goals. It's about inspiring others to fulfill a vision.

The Leadership Foundations Certificate will give you valuable perspectives on leadership theories and current practice. The certificate program consists of 5 courses that are shared between our MBA and M.A. in Strategic Leadership programs. All students in our MBA or Strategic Leadership programs earn this certificate on their way to their degree. In the certificate program you’ll have the opportunity to try out a Bethel education with the option of continuing on for your M.A. in Strategic Leadership, MBA, or both.

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Leadership Foundations Certificate

The Leadership Foundations Certificate consists of 5 courses that are shared between our MBA and M.A. in Strategic Leadership programs, providing valuable perspectives on leadership theories and current practice.

Deliveries Face to Face, and Online
Locations Anderson Center, and Online
Credits 15
Cost per Credit $723
Estimated Total Cost $10,845*

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

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Learn Valuable Leadership Skills

At Bethel University, we believe that good leadership can make a profound difference in individual lives, organizations, communities, and culture in general. The courses in the Leadership Foundations Certificate address key areas of leadership practice and will help you develop the knowledge, character, wisdom, and collaborative skills you need to grow and thrive. Best of all, you'll experience all of this in a Christian setting that is supportive and encouraging. An array of assessments and personal coaching opportunities will help you understand your own God-given strengths and how to put those strengths to use. You'll be challenged to think differently about your life and work, and you'll recognize your own unique ability to make a difference.

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Program Highlights

Practical leadership skills

Courses combine current scholarship with practical application, helping you gain the skills and experience you need to develop future leaders and to lead people and organizations.

Opportunities for growth

The Leadership Foundations Certificate shares its 5 courses between our MBA and M.A. in Strategic Leadership programs, putting you in a good position to earn your degree and advance your career.

Personal coaching

One-on-one coaching sessions will help you chart your professional and personal growth, and grow in areas that are important to you.

Strategic leadership

Our courses will help you apply leadership theory to real-world situations so that you can develop strategies that anticipate and lead your organization through changes and challenges.

Character-based education

Character, ethical thinking, and collaboration will help you build your life and your career.


The Leadership Foundations Certificate will prepare you to integrate your learning with practice, lead others, develop productive teams, and develop strategies that are relevant to a global, socially diverse world.


Learn how to

  • Foresee opportunities, challenges, and strategies
  • Understand the impact of change on organizations and be prepared to lead through it
  • Assess the health of an organization and lead efforts to make it healthier
  • Understand the organizational, social, and personal value of ethics, character, and trust
  • Create processes for developing future leaders and recognize the strategic value of holistic, personal development
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