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Graduate Certificate in Complexity Leadership

The purpose of this certificate program is to understand leadership that transforms and how to develop it. Specifically, it aims to integrate current and cutting-edge research on adult development and transformative leadership.

Our aim is to inspire the development of future transformative leaders who are equipped with the knowledge and tools to respond to the evolution of nations, communities, and organizations.

The certificate in complexity leadership focuses on four areas, equipping learners to:

1.Understand and discern the theory and practices of leader formation and leadership development 2.Explore transformative leader mindsets and how to thrive in complexity 3.Understand how to develop sustainable systems of leadership development that are agile, dynamic, and capable of ethical responses to 21st century challenges 4.Develop and enact transformative leadership in an action project of their own design


The Graduate Certificate in Complexity Leadership allows students to develop leadership readiness (individual and systemic) to meet the continuous learning demands placed on leaders in today’s constantly evolving context.

The certificate will provide the educative scaffolds for degree bearing and non-degree bearing students at UGA to understand their own formation as transformative leaders. Participants will master the theories, methods, and practices of leadership and will gain the opportunity to participate in a practicum under supervision of faculty in a system they are currently serving in and/or an opportunity that they will create with faculty advisors.

Core Curriculum (15 hours)

  • LLOD 8230/8230e: Foundations of Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • LLOD 8210/8210e: Leading Change
  • LLOD 8620/8620e: Adaptive Leadership
  • LLOD 8205 8205e: Leading from Within: Developing Personal and Interpersonal Leadership Capacity
  • LLOD 9800/9800e: Leadership Practicum

Electives (3 hours)

  • LOD 8140/8140e: Equity and Inclusion in Organizations
  • LLOD 8090/8090e: Adult Development
  • LLOD 8320/8320e: Facilitating Group Change and Development
  • TBD - Other elective as approved by the program director, particularly for students in majors other than LLOD

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How to Apply

The Graduate Certificate in Complexity Leadership is appropriate for professionals who are working in or aspiring toward leadership roles, are mid-to upper-level managers, high potentials, and senior leaders who regularly face complex and adaptive challenges in their organizations. This leadership credential would allow students to develop their own leader identity as well as learn strategies and approaches that foster sustainable and just leadership development interventions for their nation, community, and society.

The program is open to both degree-seeking and non-degree students. Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School standards and non-degree students are required to apply through the Graduate School application.

For the Graduate Certificate in Complexity Leadership, non-degree-seeking students should apply through the Graduate School . The degree code is ‘CERT_2COL_GW’.

Current UGA graduate students should complete and submit an online application form . Note a completed form requires approval from the student’s major professor. After submitting a completed form, the student’s name will be added to the program database of Complexity Leadership Certificate students, and the certificate will be added to the student’s file by the Registrar’s Office. Students who are admitted to the Complexity Leadership Certificate will be given priority when registering for further coursework (e.g., LLOD 8230/8230e).

Students can apply any semester. It is recommended, though not required, that students matriculate in the Summer or Fall semesters.

Additional Resources

Meet Your AdvisorMost graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.
Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Our students have a range of opportunities available outside the classroom as well, from professional organizations, experiential learning, clubs and other non-academic experiences.

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