MSU Leadership Fellows Certificate

Montana State University’s Leadership Fellows Certificate Program (LFCP), a 16-credit program of study, is interdisciplinary in nature.  With personal development as a focus, and based upon historical and theoretical foundations of leadership, students develop competencies needed for relational and engaged leadership in all their future endeavors.

Required coursework toward the certificate includes  UC 202 Leadership Foundations*, 3 credits, and UC 302 Leadership Capstone, 1 credit.  Designed to provide students with the essential tools needed to discover and develop their potential as positive change agents and empowered followers, these courses utilize critical reading and writing; require original undergraduate research; and encourage dialectical thinking through lecture and class discussion, experiential learning, and in-nature and arts-based modalities. 

To obtain the Leadership Fellows Certificate, students must take 12 additional, selected electives. Six of the selected electives are chosen from the student’s major area(s) of study.  This allows the student to investigate more deeply the ethical, contextual, and relational issues of leadership and followership within their particular program of study. The remaining six electives are chosen from an approved list of leadership-specific electives outside the student’s major area(s) of study, thereby providing the student with universal perspectives on leading and following.

Sooner or later, regardless of one’s chosen career, everything comes to how one leads and, for that matter, follows.  The courses offered in MSU’s Leadership Fellows Certificate Program are universally applicable to, and relevant for, any student interested in effecting life-affirming change in the world.

To access the updated complete list of approved, leadership-specific electives and to learn more about the program, please see the Leadership Fellows website.

Other requirements:

  1. Earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in each course used to satisfy the certificate
  2. No "credit by exam" may be used
UC 202Leadership Foundations3
UC 302Leadership Capstone1
Leadership Electives12
Total Credits16