Leadership & Communication, Certificate

The Certificate in Leadership and Communication at Penn LPS Online is an exciting skills-building and career-enhancing program designed by distinguished, award-winning Ivy League academic experts and researchers in consultation with top executives and leaders from the real worlds of business, government, and the nonprofit sector. Drawing expertly on the social sciences, humanities, and data sciences, each of the five Leadership and Communication courses is scheduled especially for working adults and taught by dedicated and experienced Penn-affiliated scholars.  It is designed, developed and delivered through a working partnership between the leaders and staff of Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS), the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, and those of Civic Enterprises, headquartered in Washington, DC.

The Certificate in Leadership and Communication is a 5-course, 5 course unit program of study taught by University of Pennsylvania faculty.  Penn LPS Online courses in the Certificate in Leadership and Communication are offered on an accelerated (8-week) schedule. Courses in this certificate program include a weekly synchronous session. For more information about specific course dates, please visit the Course Schedule page.

You have the option to enroll in individual courses without committing to the entire certificate, enjoying the flexibility and expertise offered by Penn LPS Online to suit your schedule and interests.


To earn the Certificate in Leadership and Communication, students must successfully complete all five courses listed below and maintain a 3.0 overall grade point average (GPA).

Leadership and Communication Certificate
LEAD 101Leadership Theory, Practice and Purpose1
LEAD 202Leadership Lessons from Social Sciences1
LEAD 203Leadership Lessons from Humanities1
LEAD 304Professional Communication and Self-Development1
LEAD 305Introduction to Data Analytics1
or DATA 101 Introduction to Data Analytics
Total Course Units5

Courses are subject to change.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.