Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership is a 12-hour program (four courses) designed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge to enhance leadership skills. The program is specifically designed for the working professional. The hours earned in the certificate program may be applied toward the Master’s degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Strategic Leadership.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership requires twelve (12) credit hours:

Applying for Admission to the Program

We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2018 semester, with a submission deadline of December 8, 2017.

All applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university. It should be noted that as applicants are selected on a competitive basis, admission is not granted to all applicants who meet only the minimum requirements.

Step 1: Application for admission to the Graduate School

The Graduate School at the University of Memphis accepts applications via electronic submission.  Review their site for specific deadlines.

Steps 2: Recommendation Letter and Application Essay

As soon as possible after applying to the Graduate School, students should submit the following by email to:

  • Resumé: The applicant's resumé should include the applicant's employment history, academic history, current contact information, and any additional relevant information, such as professional skills, training, presentations, publications, etc.
  • Recommendation Letter: Applicants must submit at least one official letter of professional reference, preferably from a colleague or superior who can attest to the applicant's capacity to succeed in the profession. All recommendation letters must meet University College requirements or they will not be accepted.
  • Personal Essay: Applicants must submit a brief, original essay (approximately 500-600 words) that addresses why they chose to apply to the MPS program and how the program will help them achieve specific professional goals.

To expedite processing, applicants are strongly advised to submit their materials all at once rather than sending each document separately. Each document must have the applicant's name and submission date, and may be either emailed to or mailed to the following address:

Graduate Programs Coordinator
University College
University of Memphis
201 Brister Hall
Memphis, TN 38152-3440

Only after all of these steps are completed will a final decision be made on the application. Please note that the University College only has the authority to recommend or deny admission. The Graduate School makes all final admission decisions and will notify applicants once a decision has been reached.

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