2023-24 Graduate Academic Catalog

2023–24 Graduate Academic Catalog Page 63 Robert W. Plaster School of Business Graduate Certificate in Leadership Graduate Certificate in Leadership Purpose Statement The Graduate Certificate in Leadership emphasizes the principle of servant leadership, a leadership approach that prioritizes the needs and development of others, as well as the well-being of the community or organization as a whole. Throughout the program, students will learn to integrate the values of servant leadership into their leadership practice, developing a deep understanding of the importance of humility, empathy, and service. By exploring the principles of servant leadership within the context of biblical leadership, project management, applied leadership, and management and leadership of organizations, students will develop the skills and knowledge needed to lead with compassion and effectiveness, fostering a culture of trust, collaboration, and innovation. Graduates of the program will be equipped to serve others and lead with purpose and excellence in a wide range of leadership roles. Values • Excellence – adhering to the highest standards in ethical and moral behavior. Providing continuous quality goods and services using processes that are customer-focused. Applying biblical wisdom and discernment in everyday business interactions. • Missional Purpose – recognizing that our purpose is to serve Christ and minister to others. Reflecting godliness as salt and light in a business world. Edifying others who we interact with on a daily basis. • Stewardship – using our talents, skills, money, and time recognizing that they originate from God and are for use in His purposes. Making decisions that reflect the diversity of stakeholders in ways that bring glory to God. • Servant’s Heart – an attitude of humbly serving God and our fellowman with compassion in the business setting. Showing mercy and grace in business relationships, which reflects God’s love for us. Program Objectives Candidates who complete the Graduate Certificate in Leadership are equipped to: • Demonstrate knowledge in specific disciplines and functional areas of business and how the holistic nature of these separate systems contributes to organizational success. • Anticipate and analyze trends, both internal and external to the organization, and develop appropriate strategies and managerial actions. • Identify, evaluate, and propose solutions to ethical dilemmas affecting business decisions from a biblical worldview • Evaluate core leadership and management strategies for designing organizations and managing change. Program Delivery Cedarville University has designed the Graduate Certificate in Leadership to be flexible and responsive to student needs. Courses are offered in fully online seven-week sessions. Graduate online course content will be available for student access one week prior to the start of the course. Course Requirements Course requirements involve a minimum of 12 semester hours including: BTAT-6210 Biblical Leadership.......................................................3 MGMT-6300 Project Management. ................................................3 MGMT-6710 Management and Leadership of Organizations.........3 MGMT-6720 Applied Leadership....................................................3 Accreditation In addition to University accreditation listed in the Accreditation section of this catalog, the Robert W. Plaster School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Admission Standards Cedarville University invites applications to the Graduate Certificate in Leadership from candidates who have received a degree from a regionally accredited or otherwise approved university, who are able to present strong academic records, and who have a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Each candidate's application will be reviewed on an individual basis. In addition to the general admission requirements listed in the Graduate Admissions section of this catalog, students must meet the following requirements: • Meet all program prerequisites. Applicants not meeting program prerequisites or admissions standards may be considered for conditional admission to the program. • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). Conditional acceptance may be offered in some cases when the overall grade point average is at least a 2.0. Specific conditions will be decided by the MBA Admissions committee. • Completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be required for those with a grade point average below 2.75. Some exceptions are made on an individual basis. The GRE is an acceptable alternative. • Computer proficiency and ability to take courses in an online environment. • Recommendations from a church leader and professional colleague. Recommendations from personal friends or family members will not be accepted. Admission Process and Timeframe Applicants should follow specific admission criteria found in the Admissions section of the graduate catalog. Application decisions are generally made by the graduate program leadership in the Robert W. Plaster School of Business within two weeks after an admission application is completed. Graduate Admissions will notify applicants of the admission decision. Tuition and Fees Tuition cost for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership for the 2023–24 academic year is $680 per semester hour. Audit is $340 per semester hour. Financial Aid Leadership courses completed for the graduate certificate, as a nondegree program, are not eligible for federal or state aid. However, students may qualify for personal loans to pay for this program. Leadership courses completed for the MBA degree program may be eligible for federal and state aid. For more information, contact Financial Aid.