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Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Social Transformation

Program Contact: Dr. Vernice Solimar

(Formerly called 'Leadership for Sustainable Change Certificate.')

This leadership certificate is a 14 -unit graduate program that trains leaders for transformative change and social responsibility in any field, including business, education, ecology, community and organizational development, arts, health, social entrepreneurship and conflict transformation, among others.

Students learn leadership skills and practices necessary to identify and address systemic and root causes of challenges facing organizations and communities. They also learn design skills that create results-oriented projects for solving problems, shifting systems and sourcing inner wisdom, compassion and self-empowerment for creative expression and service in the world.

This program is a learning-in-action, highly experiential process that includes self-inquiry, emotional intelligence, deep integrity, and a commitment to make a difference in whatever situation arises. Participants attend three 4-day week-end intensives over 9-months. Over the course of the program, students complete reading and writing assignments, apply leadership skills to their projects, and receive feedback and coaching from faculty via emails and phone calls.

The leadership program can be taken as a stand-alone certificate or as part of a master’s degree program which offers specializations.


This Leadership certificate program consists of the following three courses taken over a period of nine months.

IPP 5800 Being the Change: Visionary Leadership in Action (5 units)
IPP 5802 Designing Change: Creating Shifts and New Leadership Practices (4.5 units)
IPP 5804 Leading Change: Actualizing Your Vision and Project (4.5 units)

Gainful Employment Disclosure
Per U.S. Department of Education requirements, JFK University provides the following information regarding the Leadership for Sustainable Change Certificate to assist students in making their educational decision.

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code: 52.1401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-2021.00
Program tuition & fees: $10,677

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Online Education

This program is available online.

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