UCSB Professional and Continuing Education is in the process of launching a newly revised Business Leadership Certificate Program. For the Fall 2018 quarter we will publish a new program matrix of offerings that will require successful completion of at least 16 units to earn the certificate. As of July 1, 2018, students who have enrolled in, but not completed the certificate program as published on this page, will fulfill the requirements in place at the time candidacy is filed. Students who previously completed Marketing courses, but who have not yet established candidacy on July 1, will be required to meet the new certificate program requirements.

If you have any questions about these changes or about this certificate program in general, please contact student services at (805) 893-4200 or help@extension.ucsb.edu.


Complexity in today’s work environments requires leadership defined by a strong foundation in business functions, effective communication skills, and diverse managerial skills. These include, but are not limited to, thinking and planning strategically, assessing implications of decisions, and mobilizing change within an organization. Some organizations invest in basic management training, but few offer effective leadership training—coaching that helps individuals determine their strengths and weaknesses, helps them identify their career and/or organizational goals, and enables them to meet their leadership development goals. 

This Professional Certificate Program Provides:

  • Opportunity to expand and (re)define your vision on the purpose of business
  • Strategies for developing emotional intelligence and strategic thinking to improve decision-making skills
  • Trusting environments to increase creativity, productivity, and morale
  • Models of effective leadership through team building and project management exercises

Intended Audience:

Designed for professionals seeking to develop effective leadership and management skills, individual contributors within an organization aspiring to positions of increased responsibilities and authority, and international students with experience working in business and studying to develop knowledge and understanding of U.S. policies and practices.

Additional Details

Program Course Schedule

Required Courses
(10 units total)
Course # Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
Foundations of Leadership BUSAD X435 4 UCSB   UCSB  
Business Negotiation BUSAD X432 4 UCSB   UCSB  
Workplace Culture BUSAD X436 2   UCSB   UCSB
Elective Courses
(10 units total)
Introduction to Project Management ENGR X452.01 4 UCSB OnlineUCSB    
Managerial Accounting ECON X432 4   UCSB   UCSB
Human Resource Development BUSAD X482.201 3   UCSB   UCSB
Principles and Practice of Public Relations BUSAD X401.3 2   UCSB   UCSB
Employment Mediation BUSAD X437 2   UCSB   UCSB
Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace BUSAD X450.38 1 UCSB UCSB UCSB  
Sustainable Project Management MGMNT X474 4   UCSB    

Online Online       UCSB UCSB

This matrix lists courses we plan to offer during the time indicated and is subject to change. Additional courses may be offered; see our current quarter's catalog for the most up-to-date information.


The program requirements are defined in the Program Course Schedule.  The approximate cost of completion of this program is $ 2,620. Individual course fees are paid upon enrollment. Estimated costs are subject to change and do not include fees for course materials. For more information visit our Help Center.


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