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Certificate in

Strategic Leadership

Program Overview

The best leaders value people first, but leading teams and organizations to reach goals and achieve success requires more than business acumen and an orientation toward people. You must inspire, motivate and persuade others to join the strategic vision of the organization and work together in pursuit of that mission.

Some leadership skills are innate, but others are learned. That’s why Lipscomb University offers a graduate certificate in Strategic Leadership for aspiring and established leaders who want to achieve business objectives through sound management and decision making. At Lipscomb, you’ll grow your gift for shepherding others and master other competencies crucial to successful leaders, such as communication, drive and energy, influence, organizing and planning, problem solving and relationship building. Learn to implement business strategies that will elevate your business to become a top-level competitor in your industry. Our faculty leadership experts will teach you how to develop strategic concepts and expand your influence. With the confidence to handle any challenge that comes your way and lead others around you to a common goal, you’ll maximize your potential and establish your position as a leader in your organization.

Gainful Employment

The Certificate in Strategic Leadership is a Gainful Employment program regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education requires additional information to be provided to you about this certificate program. For more information, view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Ready to apply? Let’s get started. We’re here to help at every step. Here’s what you’ll need to apply to Lipscomb Online.

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Completed online application
  • $50 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official college transcripts from all schools attended (minimum 2.5 GPA)
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Résumé
  • Interview with faculty

If your undergraduate GPA is below 2.5, please provide a standardized test score or evidence of substantive professional experience.

Steps to Apply

Follow these simple steps to submit your application for admission:

  1. Complete our online application. Please be sure to list each college you have previously attended.
  2. Request to have your transcript(s) from all previous schools and colleges sent directly to Lipscomb. Mail to:
    Lipscomb University
    Online Admissions
    One University Park Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204
  3. You may submit the $50 application fee via credit card after completing the online application, or mail a check made out to “Lipscomb University” to the address above.

Program of Study

The 15-hour Strategic Leadership Certificate can stand alone as a graduate credential, or you can apply it toward a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) by completing the MPS core curriculum or combining another certificate for a master’s degree based on your preferences.

Strategic Leadership Certificate (15 hours)

OGLD 5403 - Leadership Skills and Assessment
This course includes an initial assessment of leadership skills for students followed by individualized feedback, a personalized learning plan and further development of one out of 15 CORE competency areas. Development of the chosen competency area will support each student’s career goals by including working with a competency development coach, online learning modules, job-embedded activities and feedback. The price of this course includes transcription fees of all demonstrated competency areas.

OGLD 5503 - Strategic and Advanced Competency Development
This course includes a 360-degree perspective of leadership skills and development across competency areas indicative of successful leadership for professionals working toward an advanced or strategic level. Students will seek objective feedback from supervisors, peers and direct reports related to leadership style as well as strengths and development opportunities. In partnership with the instructor, students will design a strategic action plan to develop to the next level, advanced or strategic, in one or more competency areas. A final reassessment of leadership style and skills will provide feedback on leadership growth.
Prerequisite: OGLD 5403
Corequisite: OGLD 5613

OGLD 524V - Advanced Mission Focus
Effective performers translate their purpose into a functional mission, establish plans and goals that support their mission and integrate their mission into all activities.
OGLD 5613 - Leadership Seminar
This course creates the conceptual framework for the entire program with readings from classic leadership texts and study of great leaders. This course will survey leadership styles and applications in a real-world context.
Prerequisite: OGLD 5403

Three (3) of the following two-credit hour competencies required:
CORE 505V - Advanced Communicativeness
Effective performers consistently and effectively communicate with a wide spectrum of people at all levels, implement sustainable communication procedures, find innovative ways to share knowledge and proactively share best practices with others.

CORE 512V - Advanced Drive/Energy
Effective performers set the pace for the functional work ethic of the organization, conduct business at a fast-paced and high-energy level, leverage functional meetings and communications to energize associates, work enthusiastically and productively under stress, and establish structure and processes to reward enthusiastic drive.

CORE 518V - Advanced Influence
Effective performers communicate an agenda across functions, understand the dynamics of power and responsibilities of leadership, and clearly articulate advantages of situations.

CORE 526V - Advanced Organizing and Planning
Effective performers constantly anticipate problems, are experts at changing priorities as the situation demands, design supporting functions to maximize efficiency, align functional priorities and manage competing priorities across teams.

CORE 529V - Advanced Problem Solving and Decision Making
Effective performers possess cross-organization analytical skills, mentor and empower others, proactively consider cross-team impacts, consider outcomes and facilitate functional decision-making sessions.

CORE 530V - Advanced Relationship Building
Effective performers establish and maintain a broad network of relationships, effectively utilize a network of relationships, help others improve their relationship-building skills, and mentor and coach others.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Time is precious, especially for a busy adult like yourself. That’s why Lipscomb created personalized online programs tailored to fit your career needs and busy schedule. Lipscomb Online offers the same high-quality degree as our traditional on-campus programs with the flexibility to fit your life. Tuition is $899 per credit hour.

In addition, you can earn up to 6 credit hours in one day through a behavioral assessment in our CORE Competency Assessment Center.

Financial Aid

Earn a Lipscomb education in a way that fits your budget through financial aid opportunities like scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment.

  • Grants: You may qualify for federal grants or grants from other sources specific to your program of study and personal background.
  • Loans: Finance your education through one or more loans, either from the federal government or a private lender, that you can repay after college.
  • Scholarships: Depending on your credentials, you may qualify for scholarships from federal, state and other sources.
  • Tuition Discounts: If your employer offers tuition assistance or has a corporate partnership with Lipscomb University, you may be eligible for an application fee waiver and reduced tuition.
  • Military Benefits: Veterans, military members and their families attending Lipscomb may qualify for a variety of aid, including scholarships, stipends and tuition assistance.


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I chose the program because it allowed me the flexibility I needed to work at my own pace while being in multiple places all over the country. Ryan Lawson, senior network engineer, Dollar General and officer in the National Guard

Why Lipscomb Online?


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in your chosen industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.


Study in a program where you don’t have to sacrifice academic quality in order to enjoy the flexibility of online school. A Lipscomb master’s degree is more than just letters after your name—it’s next-level innovation that will drive the success of your organization.


Each of our graduate degrees is specially designed to work with your busy schedule. Our online class model allows you the best of going to school as a full-time working professional, without having to put your life on hold.

You have what it takes.