Undergraduate degree programs

Leadership in business

Leadership in business

The leadership in business certificate gives W. P. Carey students a distinct opportunity to bridge the gap between leadership theory and practice. You’ll learn what leadership means, how leadership works, and why leadership changes in different contexts. You’ll cultivate a leadership identity, and become a master communicator, collaborator, and problem-solver. And when everything’s said and done, you’ll emerge with the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to thrive as a modern business leader.

Business leadership curriculum

The business leadership certificate develops tomorrow’s business leaders through a combination of classroom and experiential learning — including six courses (two required courses, one cultural competency elective, and one leadership development elective) and four co-curricular experiences.

Required courses

  • Collaborative Team Skills
  • Leading Organizations

Co-curricular experiences

  • Complete an approved internship*
  • Hold an approved leadership position on the executive board of a registered ASU club or organization on campus
  • Hold an approved leadership role in support of the W. P. Carey School of Business or ASU community
  • Complete an ASU-affiliated study abroad program, or 75 hours of service learning or community service

Sample approved electives

  • Public Speaking
  • Persuasion and Social Influence
  • Globalization and Socio-Economic Justice
  • Leadership and Change
  • Race, Gender, and Media
  • Women, Gender, and Leadership
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Technology and Society
  • Public Leadership
  • Business and Professional Ethics
  • Collaborative Team Skills
  • Cross-Cultural Management

*Please note that the required internship must be completed after the certificate has been added.

Career opportunities

In a recent survey by the World Economic Forum, 86 percent of respondents said there is a leadership shortage in the world today. To overcome today’s challenges, the world needs strong political, nonprofit, and business leaders who can facilitate cooperation between business, government, academic, and civil society. The business leadership certificate uniquely positions W. P. Carey students to meet this demand, with the right knowledge, skills, and experience to become lifelong agents of change.

How to enroll

The leadership in business certificate is open to current students in the W. P. Carey School of Business. W. P. Carey students may apply to this program once they have completed MGT 310 (Collaborative Team Skills), and at least one of the four required co-curricular experiences. Please consult with your W. P. Carey advisor to learn more about adding the business leadership certificate to your academic plan. If you’re already enrolled in the certificate or need more information about applicable courses, click here.