Business Leadership and Innovation Certificate

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For organizations to thrive in a rapidly changing world, they need leaders with the skills to solve problems, manage change and tackle complex ethical challenges.

The business leadership & innovation certificate is grounded in the systems theory, which guides managers to avoid analyzing problems in isolation and instead develop an integrated approach. 

With an emphasis on management, leadership and change, courses help students to strengthen competencies in critical thinking, communication, problem solving and strategic analysis. You will develop an effective blend of visionary, big-picture thinking and a keen understanding of the effective operations that enable successful organizations to thrive in today’s marketplace.

Business Leadership and Innovation Certificate Curriculum

Students will complete 12 credit hours including:

Required Courses

  • Systems Management & Organizational Theory
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Managing Change, Creativity & Innovation

Electives (Choose One)

  • Project Management
  • Corporate Citizenship & Ethics in a Globalized Economy

Schedule and Class Participation

Classes meet on weeknight evenings and students choose how to participate with three options for attending classes: in-person, in real-time online or by watching a recording. All three options can be utilized throughout the program based on the most convenient option for your schedule. This format enables you to balance a busy schedule and earn a credential in less time than a traditional MBA or other master's program.

Stackable Certificates

If you're interested in earning your MBA but don't have the time to commit to a full program, our stackable certificates allow you to earn credits toward an MBA degree and earn micro-credentials along the way.

Learn more about stackable certificates

Tuition and Fees

  • $832 per credit hour; minimum 12-credit-hours are required.
  • Minimum certificate cost is $9,984 for 12 credit hours.
  • Books are additional and may be purchased at the BW Bookstore.
  • Federal Student Aid (FSA) is not currently available for this new certificate.
  • Other aid sources can be found here.
  • This information reflects current tuition; costs are subject to change without notice.


Ready to take the next step and learn more about graduate business certificate programs at BW? Submit the form below or contact Carmen Castro-Rivera at (440) 826-3331 or today.