Do you have a passion to be an admirable leader? In only five courses, you'll explore the relationship between leadership and the capacity to assume responsibility for one's actions. You'll understand how to act with a sense of integrity while building confidence in your leadership skills.
The certificate program in leadership and ethics focuses on understanding the broad transdisciplinary field of leadership and its application to various elements of society and community, and it prepares individuals for positions of leadership and responsibility in the university, in student organizations, in their communities and throughout their careers in business and government.
At A Glance
Leadership and Ethics (Certificate)
- Offered by: Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
- Location: Downtown
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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The certificate in leadership and ethics requires four core courses (12 credit hours), including a leadership capstone experience, plus one elective discipline-based course in leadership or ethics (3 credit hours). The three credit hours of elective course work may be selected from an approved list of elective classes or upon the recommendation of the department.
All courses applied to the certificate must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better.
PAF 311 Leadership and Change, SB (3)
PAF 410 Building Leadership Skills, SB (3)
PAF 421 Leadership Capstone (3)
PAF 460 Public Service Ethics (3)
Electives: (choose one from the following list)
BUS 497 or HON 497 Honors Colloquium (3)
COM 430 Leadership in Group Communication (3)
MGT 300 Organization and Management Leadership (3)
PAF 420 Public Leadership (3)
POS 314 The American Presidency, SB (3)
NLM 430 Managing Nonprofit Organizations, L (3)
All core courses and the leadership capstone must be taken at Arizona State University. Any course substitutions for the certificate are at the discretion of the School of Public Affairs.
Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.
Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the undergraduate academic advisor in the School of Public Affairs.
Current students interested in earning the certificate must complete a request to add an undergraduate certificate and return it to the undergraduate academic advisor in the School of Public Affairs at the University Center on the Downtown Phoenix campus. Students may begin taking courses before they formally register for the certificate; however, they are encouraged to complete the paperwork as soon as possible.
Those interested may download the request to add an undergraduate certificate located at https://students.asu.edu/forms/undergraduate-certificate.
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. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.
Students receiving this certificate are prepared to pursue a career in a field related to public administration or public policy, particularly in the areas of participatory governance and public engagement. This may include opportunities as either a manager or policy analyst in local, state or federal agencies; nonprofit organizations, and private organizations whose work interfaces with the public sector.