Every day, we see students like you engaging in the work of developing leadership skills and habits. The work of leadership learning, training and development happens across classrooms, programs, positions, organizations and projects.
We have curated an accessible pathway for you to learn, develop and reflect on your leadership experience at the University of Michigan.
In partnership, the Barger Leadership Institute (LSA) and M-LEAD (Student Life) have built a leadership certificate program that utilizes research from the field of undergraduate leadership studies to create a framework that brings together existing leadership coursework and experiences across campus.
Based on the work by Dr. Barbara Kellerman in her book Professionalizing Leadership we have oriented our program toward three areas that emphasize leadership learning, training and development. Through the certificate you will complete coursework (learning), co-curricular experiences (training), and your choice of engagement in either service, student employment or student organization work (development) with the emphasis of formalizing your undergraduate leadership experience.
Our program is open to any undergraduate student and our programming and experiences are drawn from multiple colleges, units and programs across campus to offer a truly interdisciplinary experience at the University of Michigan.
Leadership is a journey, we hope you will join us.
Interested in joining the next cohort? Applications for Cohort 3 (Fall 2023) are now open till Thursday, March 16 at 11:59 PM. Click the button below to find more information about the application:
“To be effective, the leadership development process must adopt and achieve three goals: educate leaders, train leaders and develop leaders.”
— Barbara Kellerman, Professionalizing Leadership
Explore and reflect on your leadership development through coursework, experiences, trainings and service to others
Document your leadership experiences for applications to grad programs, scholarships, fellowship programs, and internships
Join a community of peers working toward certification, receive one on one coaching and attend specialized workshops
Receive access to funding opportunities, a certificate of completion and graduation medallion