Leadership Studies

Certificate of Graduate Study in Creative Leadership and Global Strategy

This unique, 12-credit, post-baccalaureate certificate draws professionals interested in improving their understanding of the societal, cultural, historical, and philosophical aspects of creative leadership from a global perspective. It provides a solid, advanced-level grounding in leadership theory, the research and practice of deliberate creativity and innovation, and working effectively in multi-cultural and multinational environments.

Students who earn this certificate will...

  • Increase their knowledge of theories of leadership and leadership contexts
  • Assume an orientation which encourages self-awareness as a leader, sensitivity to diversity issues, global awareness, and reflective professional practice
  • Develop skills in creativity and Innovation, thinking critically, building relationships, and motivating individuals, groups, and organizations.

 

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Creative Leadership and Global Strategy is available through a combination of fully asynchronous online (100% of course activities online and no on-campus requirements) and blended (at least 50% of the coursework online with class meetings that can be attended in person on campus or virtually via web conferencing) courses.  Blended courses meet on our Portland campus. For more information, please contact Graduate Admissions at (207) 780-4386 or email usmgrad@maine.edu.

Certificate Requires 12 credits

LOS 500 Foundations of Leadership Studies: Theory and Practice I 3 cr

LOS 512 Deliberate Creativity and Innovation 3 cr

LOS 550 Cultural Contexts 3 cr

LOS 571 International Leadership Association Annual Global Conference 3 cr OR

LOS 670 Leadership Study Abroad 3 cr

Application Procedures and Required Materials 

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

Applicants are required to provide the following materials: 

  • Application: Online Application
  • Application fee: $25.00 paid through the online application.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, excluding the seven campuses of the University of Maine System (UMS transcripts are accessible to USM). A transcript is official when sent directly from the institution.
    • International College transcripts: In addition to an official copy of the transcript, an official evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency is required.
  • Resume: Submit a resume or CV that outlines professional, volunteer, and community experience.
  • Essay: Applicants must submit a personal statement of purpose about why they are interested in this program
  • TOEFL or IELTS: Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. See additional information below regarding test scores.

International Applicants

In addition to the standard application materials, international students must also provide the following materials:

  • College transcript evaluation: official course-by-course evaluation of college-level transcripts from a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) approved transcript analysis agency
  • Declaration of Finances form accompanied by the appropriate financial documentation
  • International students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Applicants whose first language is not English

Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official scores as part of the application process. Only applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 213 or higher on the computer-based test; or IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher will be considered for admission to a graduate program.

Where to send transcripts and application materials

Official transcripts and other supporting documents can be sent to:

Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Colleges and universities that participate in electronic submission of transcripts can send official transcripts to edocs@maine.edu. Resumes, essays, and other documents can also be sent to edocs@maine.edu.

For a transcript or recommendation to be considered official, it must be sent by the institution or the person writing the recommendation.

Although there is no required course sequence, it is recommended that students first take LOS 500 Foundations of Leadership Studies: Theory and Practice I.