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:

Online (select courses on campus)

Program Length:

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


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Application Deadline:

Fall Admission:  June 30 Official Transcripts due July 15
Winter Admission: Oct 15 Official transcripts due Oct 30
Spring Admission: Mar 15 Official Transcripts due Mar 30

For More Information:

2023-2024 Undergraduate Viewbook

Program Description

The Certificate in Leadership is designed for undergraduates, recent post-secondary graduates, and professionals across various industries who want to develop their professional competencies to become influential, dynamic leaders in their field.

The Marine Institute’s Certificate in Leadership will empower students to:

  • Explore and understand their current leadership strengths and areas of challenge;
  • Challenge personal leadership assumptions and develop new leadership skills and insights;
  • Balance management knowledge and strategic leadership competencies;
  • Apply contemporary leadership theories and models to real-life problems.
Program Structure

The undergraduate Certificate in Leadership consists of 9 courses (24 credit hours), 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.

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 nine credit hours.

Core Courses

LEAD 3000 - Leadership Fundamentals
LEAD 4001 - Project Management
LEAD 4002 - Technological Entrepreneurship
LEAD 4003 - Communications and Conflict Management
LEAD 3006 - Special Topics in Leadership
LEAD 3007 - Leadership Capstone Project


3 credit hours chosen from each of the following elective fields for a total of 9 credit hours.

Electives A - Related Professional Competencies
Electives B - History and Politics
Electives C - Law, Human Resources, and Labour

Admission Requirements

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

  • 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