Certificate in Leadership

Certificate in Leadership
Skills and Interests

You want to empower your career as an influential, dynamic leader in your field, demonstrating critical thinking and informed strategic decision-making abilities.

Work Environment

Private, public and non-profit organizations, government, regulatory agencies, academic institutions, consulting

Program Location:

Delivered primarily online with some optional in-class instruction

Program Length:

24 credit hours, completed on a full-time and part-time basis


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Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  Applications now being accepted.

For More Information:

2021-2022 Undergraduate Viewbook| Program in Leadership Certificate Booklet

Program Description

The Fisheries and Marine Institute’s Certificate in Leadership is designed to encourage individuals interested in developing their professional leadership competencies towards encouraging and empowering others to achieve their collective goals.

Open to undergraduates, recent post-secondary graduates, and professionals across a range of industries, this certificate program will empower you to:

  • Explore and understand your own current leadership strengths and areas of challenge;
  • Challenge your personal leadership assumptions and develop new leadership skills and insights;
  • Demonstrate a historical and theoretical understanding of leadership with particular emphasis on contemporary theories, models, and research;
  • Balance management knowledge and strategic leadership competencies;
  • Provide a broad and multifaceted perspective on the challenges of acquiring, developing, engaging, and leading people in pursuit of organizational effectiveness; and
  • Apply contemporary leadership theories and models to real-life problems.
Program Structure

The undergraduate Certificate in Leadership consists of 9 courses, and is offered online with select elective courses available on campus. It is comprised of 5 required for credit courses (15 credit hours), 3 elective courses (9 credit hours), and a pass / fail Capstone Leadership course designed to positively transform an individual’s personal concept of leadership while developing as a better leader.

All core courses are available online, as are several of the elective courses. In addition to completing the core courses, students will complete electives that revolve around three related streams of professional Competencies, History and Politics, and Law and Human Resources and Labour.

The Leadership Capstone course allows the student to reflect on the program as a whole and to examine how their personal leadership characteristics have matured through the process. The final capstone course will be delivered as an online 6-week intersession course that finishes with a leadership seminar in St. John’s, that can also be attended virtually.

Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Leadership is open to all students who are granted admission to Memorial University and

  • have at least three years of full-time work experience that is deemed acceptable by the Admissions Committee of the School of Ocean Technology, or
  • a minimum of 30 credit hours or post secondary study.
Advanced Standing

A maximum of three courses can be transferred into the program. The program will pursue Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) options of up to a maximum of nine credit hours.

What Faculty Say

"The Certificate in Leadership program challenges students to explore their understanding of leadership while developing new strategic competencies to enhance their abilities.  The student-centered learning environment actively engages students to evaluate and enhance their leadership capabilities. Graduates of the program will have developed essential employability skills in effective communication, critical thinking, time management, and the ability to lead to ensure organizational effectiveness."

- Georgina White, Program Chair, Marine Institute