Certification Overview

The Certification in Executive Leadership provides students with those skills necessary to lead operational units across a broad organizational spectrum. The focus is on developing the talents required to advance competitiveness and motivate others to succeed. Students successfully finishing the four courses not only complete the certification but also earn twelve hours of graduate credit. This emphasis is offered online and may be completed in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Professional Development and the Master of Science in Human Relations & Business.

A background in executive leadership is something that can benefit a professional in virtually any industry or career path. If you are interested in pursuing further leadership training and improving your professional skills and marketability as a potential corporate executive or leader, then Amberton University’s Executive Leadership certification program is the perfect fit for you.

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What Is the Executive Leadership Certification?

The Certification programs at Amberton are aimed at individuals who want to build upon existing skills or experience and give themselves an extra boost toward landing a specific type of job or promotion. Some students pursue these programs in conjunction with other degrees that we offer. Other students pursue certification programs as stand-alone paths of study. The Certification in Executive Leadership is a graduate-level program designed to help students develop or hone the skills required to lead organizations or one of its internal operational units.

What Types of Courses Are Included in the Certification in Executive Leadership?

The Certification in Executive Leadership is a 12-credit-hour program that consists of four courses. These courses include:

  • HBD6776 Leadership Theories and Practice
  • HRT6570 Leadership & Team Development

  • MGT5670 Executive Leadership

  • HBD5173 Organizational Behavior

What Are the Requirements for This Leadership Training Certification?

The Executive Leadership course/certification is intended as a supplemental path of study for students who are already completing master’s programs in other disciplines. Specifically, the program can be completed in conjunction with either the Master of Science in Human Relations & Business or the Master of Arts in Professional Development. In either case, students can complete the entirety of the certification in Executive Leadership via online study. The program not only earns students the certification but also 12 hours of graduate credit for the four required courses.

How Can the Certification in Executive Leadership Be Applied?

This certification focuses on key leadership values and functions, such as credibility, integrity, management team development, goal setting, motivation, innovation, and vision. Leaders with these skills are better equipped to accomplish remarkable things in virtually any organizational environment. Students who engage with this leadership training program, especially in conjunction with Amberton’s professional development and human relations programs, will be prepared to take on high-level leadership positions in private sector businesses, nonprofit organizations, or public sector departments alike.

Hours Required: 12


HBD6776 - Leadership Theories and Practice

The course presents leadership development theories necessary for the challenges of today’s organizations and for the rapidly changing work environment of the future.  The course addresses current terminology, concepts, competencies, and attitudes to enable students to become leaders who accomplish effective outcomes in organizations while maintaining integrity and credibility.

HRT6570 - Leadership & Team Development

The course acquaints the student with processes to utilize interpersonal, conflict management, team building, and leadership skills to achieve objectives in a group. The primary objective of the course is to help students analyze the role of leadership and teams.

MGT5670 - Executive Leadership

The course provides students with the skills necessary to lead an organization at the executive level in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. The course will explore the general theories of leadership applied specifically to the executive level. After exploring the theories and foundations of executive leadership, students will investigate and discuss the changes and challenges in executive leadership. A variety of crucial leadership skills and techniques will be addressed. Topics include the history and various theories of leadership, the uniqueness of executive leadership, knowledge management, Emotional IQ, international and culturally diverse aspects of executive leadership, negotiation skills, governance and the board of directors relationship, and leadership development and succession.

HBD5173 - Organizational Behavior

The course presents an integrated social science view of human behavior in organizations. Topics include inter-group relations, conflict in organizations, organization structure, work design, and the quality of work life.

CAVEAT: No graduate credit will be awarded if HBD3173 has been successfully completed

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