XI. Special Study Opportunities

Certificates and Diplomas

Certificate in Leadership

The Certificate in Leadership is offered by the University of Guelph through the College of Management and Economics. This certificate program allows undergraduate students to complete both their degree program and the certificate concurrently. As well, the certificate is available to students in the Open Learning program.

The program focuses on new leadership models and practical applications in a variety of organizational settings. Five undergraduate courses are required, in addition to 120 hours of leadership practice. Students will develop an historical and theoretical understanding of leadership with particular emphasis on contemporary theories, models and research.

The program consists of two Required courses (1.00 credits), three Elective courses (1.50 credits) chosen from the list below, and 120 hours of leadership practice, in an approved placement. Some courses require particular prerequisites; it is important to take into account the necessary prerequisites and semester offered when determining the sequence in which courses are taken. Many of the courses are offered in both on-campus and distance formats. Refer to the undergraduate calendar for specifics concerning course formats and schedule.


UNIV*2000 [0.50] Foundations of Leadership
UNIV*4000 [0.50] Leadership Capstone

Electives (Choose One)

PHIL*2120 [0.50] Ethics
PHIL*2600 [0.50] Business and Professional Ethics
POLS*3440 [0.50] Corruption, Scandal and Political Ethics

Electives (Choose Two)

ENVS*2010 [0.50] Decision-making and Communication Skills
HTM*2150 [0.50] Introduction to Canadian Business Management
[Note: B.Comm students may not take this course for credit in their degree program.]
BUS*2090 [0.50] Individuals and Groups in Organizations
BUS*3000 [0.50] Human Resources Management
BUS*4000 [0.50] Organizational Behaviour II
BUS*4100 [0.50] Applied Research in Human Resources Management
EDRD*3140 [0.50] Organizational Communication
EDRD*3160 [0.50] International Communication
EDRD*4120 [0.50] Leadership Development in Small Organizations
PHIL*2100 [0.50] Critical Thinking
POLS*2250 [0.50] Public Administration and Governance
POLS*3940 [0.50] Accountability and Canadian Government
PSYC*3070 [0.50] Psychology in Human Resource Management
PSYC*3080 [0.50] Organizational Psychology
SOAN*2040 [0.50] Globalization of Work and Organizations
SOAN*2120 [0.50] Introductory Methods

In addition to the five degree-credit courses selected from the above list, 120 hours of leadership practice are required to obtain the undergraduate Certificate in Leadership. The selection and approval of the 120 hours of leadership practice takes place during UNIV 2000 (Foundations of Leadership). For more information, please visit the website at: http://www.leadershipcertificate.com

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