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Program Overview

The program curriculum incorporates applicable concepts and strategies for negotiations, communications and designing an organizational structure through methods that help you develop your own leadership style, as well as techniques for promoting an ethical workplace. Program courses are designed and led in an interactive online classroom by some of the top researchers in management, including Broad College of Business management department faculty members recognized as some of the most productive researchers in top management journals. All five of these five-week online courses (9 credits total) are also included in MSU's 100% online Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership program, allowing you to apply the course credits toward a master's degree (8 graduate certificate credits can be applied to the MS-MSL degree).

The relationship between leader behavior and employee motivation and behavior directly impacts your organization's bottom line and productivity. Gain the skills and knowledge you need to effectively lead high-performing teams that achieve organizational objectives with Michigan State University's Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Managing Teams.

Program Outcomes

MSU's Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Managing Teams will equip you to:

  • Develop and improve your personal approach to leadership, considering implications of trait, behavior, contingency and path-goal models
  • Recognize strengths and weaknesses of various organizational structures and how a company's life cycle drives organization design
  • Establish an enriched, fair work environment for your team to drive performance and motivation
  • Apply techniques for effectively leading and motivating people based on theory, research and best practices
  • Guide team members to meet objectives and overcome obstacles using different negotiation tactics
  • Adopt practical approaches to promoting ethics in the workplace based on best practices and real-world examples

Career Outlook

Today's top companies are made of high-performing teams that can effectively work together to achieve organizational objectives. The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Managing Teams is designed for management professionals in a variety of fields who are looking to improve their leadership competencies and enhance their career potential with positions and salaries like these:

Financial Manager: $127,990*

Human Resources Manager: $113,300*

Marketing Manager: $117,130*

Sales Manager: $124,220*

General and Operations Managers: $100,930*

Administrative Services Manager: $96,180*

Business Management Consultant: $83,610*

*Average annual salary, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics median pay figures as of 2018.



  • MGT 802Strategic Analysis1 Credit
  • MGT 824Developing Managerial Skills2 Credits


  • MGT 840Leadership and Team Management2 Credits
  • MGT 863Negotiations2 Credits


  • MGT 814Managing Diversity in the Workplace2 Credits
  • MGT 881 Creating an Ethical Organization2 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Official four-year bachelor’s degree-bearing transcript from a regionally or nationally accredited institution(s)

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience

    Current résumé detailing professional work experience, academic credentials and related accomplishments and pertinent biographical information

  4. A written personal statement

    Statement of intention essay (two pages maximum) detailing your direct supervisory and/or project/program management experience, as well as a statement on how you will leverage the Graduate Certificate in your career

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation from professional, work-related references, preferably direct supervisors. Recommendation letters should attest to your ability to work within and lead teams, as well as to your contribution to a professional business environment.

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete an online application.
  2. Pay a one-time, nonrefundable $100 application and transcript fee.
  3. If you indicate that you are a veteran or military service member, provide an official military transcript.
  4. Although the GMAT is not required, it may be requested if you have a GPA below 3.0.
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Key Dates

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

November 30, 2020

Summer 2021

Application Deadline

April 2, 2021

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

August 6, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $9,810
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $9,810
  • Total


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