Audience: The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Human Capital is designed for professionals who want to enhance their potential to grow into leadership positions, while exploring topics like managing high performance teams, workforce analytics, developing great company culture, and more.

Program Type: Full-time or part-time

Unique Features:

  • Study at a U.S. News and World Report ranked top 40 U.S. research university.
  • Certificate programs are designed for busy professionals. Courses are offered on our Boston campus on weekday evenings Monday through Thursday and during the day on Saturdays. As a Boston campus based student, you may also complete one course online.
  • Upon successful completion of a graduate certificate program, you may have the option to apply your credits to eligible MBA or master’s programs at Northeastern University.
  • International students who successfully complete a one-year, 15-credit graduate certificate program on campus may be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. OPT authorization allows for 12 months of work eligibility in the U.S.

Class Size: Approximately 20 students per term

Class Begins: 3 entry terms each year: January, May, and September

Class Location: Boston, MA

Class Schedule: On-campus courses are primarily offered Monday–Thursday during the evening. Some courses are also available on Saturdays. Certificate students may take one course online. International students must complete all of their classes on campus.

Credit Hours: 12-15 credit hours

Time to Complete: The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Human Capital may be completed over the course of just two semesters, or spread out over as long as three years. The length of the program will depend on your course selections.

Tuition Costs and Fees: Please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and you will find the rate next to “Business Administration.

Eligible for International Student Visa? Yes. This program is F-1 visa compliant.

Where Do I Apply? Apply online

GMAT/GRE Required? No

Interview Required? International applicants who are not native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency. You may demonstrate this in one of two ways: submit your test score from TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE academic; or complete an intake interview.

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