Cross-Sector Leadership (Certificate)

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The certificate program in cross-sector leadership provides a comprehensive overview of leading solutions to complex social challenges by integrating the public, private, nonprofit and military sectors.

Students engage in a systems-thinking approach to real-world challenges faced by local and global communities, explore the diverse characteristics and motives of each sector in engaging in cross-sector collaborations, and master processes to formalize such partnerships. Students gain leadership skills, such as leading change within and between organizations across multiple sectors, and they learn to use human-centered design, social entrepreneurship and other approaches when tackling community challenges. Students study values-based leadership and how individual, organizational and sector values can drive a leader's ability to act. Students end the program with a thesis or applied project that integrates the theories, procedures and concepts learned in the certificate courses with experiences from the students' internships in each sector.

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Cross-Sector Leadership (Certificate)

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program Requirements

The certificate in cross-sector leadership is a requirement for, and is limited to, participants in the Public Service Academy's Next Generation Service Corps, a four-year leadership development track that engages future civilian leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to engage in collaboration and change in the context of social challenges in which they hold interest. Students are required to maintain a 3.00 GPA and demonstrate forward academic progress to maintain enrollment in the certificate as well as the Next Generation Service Corps. ROTC students also may pursue the certificate, but must maintain a 3.00 GPA in certificate courses.
Required Courses -- 15 credit hours
Elective (Choose one) -- 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.