Leadership Studies

Certificate of Graduate Study in Leadership Studies

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Leadership Studies provides a sound, advanced-level grounding in leadership theory and research and the skill sets required to work effectively in multiple contexts. It requires 12-credits of specific graduate-level leadership courses offered in a mix of traditional and virtual classroom styles. This program draws professionals from non-profit, corporate, and civic sectors. It is an especially attractive option for those seeking additional education in leadership skills but who are currently unable to commit to a full degree program.

Students who earn this certificate will…

  • Increase their knowledge of the history of leadership studies, theories of leadership, and the nature of followership
  • Assume an orientation which encourages self-awareness as a leader, reflective professional practice, and social responsibility
  • Develop their skills in exercising leadership both formally and informally, complex problem solving, managing conflict, communicating effectively, and building relationships

 

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Leadership Studies 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 the Office of 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 501 Foundations of Leadership Studies: Theory and Practice II 3 cr

LOS 611 Communication and Relationship Building 3 cr

LOS 614 The Conflict Process 3 cr OR LOS 615 Leading Difficult People 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.