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Leadership for Science Professionals Certificate

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  • Level: Graduate
  • Credits: 12
  • Format: Fully online
  • Partnership: Offered in conjunction with the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the School of Public Health

Enhance your hard-earned science knowledge with this 12-credit, fully online graduate certificate. In just one to two years, you’ll gain the business and leadership skills to boost your career in the government sector, nonprofit agencies, international organizations, corporations, and more. 

For current University of Minnesota students, this is a perfect credential to add to your graduate degree. You’ll set yourself apart with the professional expertise employers seek. 

Why Choose the Leadership for Science Professionals Certificate?

It's relevant. Learn timely leadership skills with real-world applicability in your job. Graduate students can also take courses that may not be offered in their home program. 

It's accessible. Our fully online certificate is open to qualified applicants around the globe. Pursue your studies while working full-time in a program focused on working professionals.

It’s stackable. If you want to continue your education and skill development, this certificate can stack with another graduate certificate to complete the Master of Professional Studies in Applied Sciences Leadership

The certificate features:

  • faculty who are professional experts working in the field.
  • four online courses that can be completed in one or two academic years.
  • applied final projects that let you take your learning into the real world.
  • a diverse and inclusive student environment.


Fall Deadline: July 15
Spring Deadline: November 15

We strive to be equitable in the admissions process. Our program thrives with the inclusion of students from different backgrounds and cultural experiences. Our admissions committee reviews applications holistically including all components of the application, and does not require standardized test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have questions about the admission requirements or would like advice on how to put together application materials, please contact us.

Minimum requirements:

  • bachelor's degree from an accredited post-secondary US institution or its foreign equivalent
  • an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00*

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

* In exceptional circumstances, promising applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for the program. Explanation for GPA and evidence that academic success at the graduate level is achievable must be addressed in the application (extenuating circumstances).

  1. First, access the online application.
  2. All required application materials must be attached electronically to your application.

Applicant Statements

  • Personal statement: 1−2 pages
  • Diversity statement: Optional 
  • Extenuating Circumstances statement: If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, please provide an explanation.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are optional. If you choose to submit letters, they should be solicited from individuals who can provide a candid assessment of your abilities (including strengths and weaknesses), personality, character, and potential for graduate-level academic success and professional achievement.


Unofficial transcripts or academic records for each institution (even if you didn’t receive a degree) should be uploaded directly to the online application. International students should also upload an English translation if the transcript is not in English. If possible, make sure the institution has put your name on the transcript/record.

Resume or CV

Submit a current resume or CV.

GRE Scores

The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee is due on submission. 

International Students

If your native language is not English, please submit scores from the TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS English proficiency examination. Read more about required scores.

  • Required TOEFL scores are 84 or above, with section scores of at least 21 on writing and at least 19 on reading.
  • Required IELTS score is 6.5 overall with 6.5 section scores for both writing and reading.
  • Required MELAB score is 84.

How to Register for Graduate-Level Courses BEFORE Being Admitted to a Graduate Certificate

Up to 3 credits of the coursework listed above can be taken before admission and may applied to this certificate. Follow these steps to register:

Follow these steps to register:

  1. Download and submit a Registration Request for Graduate Credit for Nondegree Students Form. Registration for nonadmitted students is not available online.
  2. Send the form to the department offering the courses for authorization. This form must be used each term until you are admitted to a program.
  3. Upon authorization, the department offering the graduate course will forward the form to the registrar or provide you with further instructions.
  4. You will receive confirmation and payment instructions by email.

More information can be found on the One Stop page for nonadmitted students.

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

  • Tuition for residents and non-residents is $1,400.00 per credit for 2021−22.
  • You may also be charged additional fees

We want to ensure you have access to the education you want. Find out more about financial aid or talk to our scholarship advisor.

COVID-19 Information

Prospective Students: Please connect with enrollment advisor Steve Wicks with your questions or to schedule an appointment.

Current Students: Reach out to your academic advisor with any questions.

The U of M Online website offers helpful tips and resources for students for successful online learning.

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