Leadership Certificate

at the University of Michigan



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 on 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 5 will open in Winter 2025. More details about the application are available below:

“To be effective, the leadership development process must adopt and achieve three goals: educate leaders, train leaders and develop leaders.”

— Barbara Kellerman, Professionalizing Leadership

You will…

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


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