Cross-Sector Leadership (Certificate)

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Do you wish to become a transformational leader? This certificate program develops the next generation of character-driven leaders within their respective areas of interest. It is designed for students in ASU's Next Generation Service Corps or in the Army, Navy or Air Force ROTC.

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.

At A Glance

Cross-Sector Leadership (Certificate)

Application requirements

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 ASU GPA, a 3.00 GPA across certificate courses 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 -- 12 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.

Enrollment requirements

Enrollment in the 15-credit hour certificate program in cross-sector leadership is offered only to students participating in ASU's Next Generation Service Corps or in the Reserve Officers Training Corps. Enrollment requirements for the certificate are the same as admission requirements for the Next Generation Service Corps or Reserve Officer Training Corps (by request). Public Service Academy staff and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions Dean's Office enroll the students.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree.