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Online Individual And Team Leadership Graduate Certificate

Develop In-Demand Skills and Become a Leader

Earning a graduate certificate in leadership and management delivers the skills you need to go further in your career, plus the preparation for new opportunities in diverse fields of business. The online Individual and Team Leadership (ITL) graduate certificate program from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is designed with working professionals in mind and builds upon the leadership and management skills you already possess.

Regardless of your industry, leadership skills are essential to moving into roles that require managing one or more employees. The online Individual and Team Leadership graduate certificate is ideal for students seeking specialized team management and leadership knowledge and skills. You can earn the certificate in eight months by completing a standalone program, or you can transfer your credits to a master’s degree to accelerate your graduate education.

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Why Earn Your Professional Certificate in Individual and Team Leadership Online?

In the online ITL graduate certificate from Saint Mary’s, a faculty of experts teach the courses, offering personalized instruction through a virtual learning platform. You can study strategic management and effective leadership concepts at the times you prefer without sacrificing your personal schedule. Ideal for busy professionals with full-time responsibilities, you can access this program anywhere you have an internet connection.

Program Highlights

  • Can Be Completed 100% Online
  • Digital Badging for all Graduate Certificate Courses
  • Apply Graduate Certificate Credits to a Qualifying Graduate Degree
  • No Leadership Prerequisites Required

Course List & Requirements

The career-focused curriculum is structured to provide you with skills including leadership and ethics, communication strategies, collaboration, and team building. These skills are highly transferrable across all industries and will equip you with the ability to advance your career while driving company goals and objectives. The curriculum consists of four courses comprising 12 credit hours. All courses in the Individual and Team Leadership certificate program already exist within the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree program and are taught by an exemplary faculty dedicated to your success.

  • This course focuses on theories and styles of leadership and how outcomes are influenced through increased awareness of personal style and skills. Personal and professional ethics are analyzed, and organizational ethical issues are explored.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Evaluate personal leadership strengths and opportunities for leadership success
    • Analyze the role of the leader in the context of organizational issues
    • Analyze one’s learning and communication style as it applies to leadership in a technological world
    • Distinguish emotional intelligence competencies that contribute to leadership success
    • Analyze ethical principles that affect decision-making.
    • Analyze ethical dilemmas within organizations
    • Synthesize the individual, organizational, and systemic issues in ethical situations
    • Construct a process for ethically responsible decision-making and apply this model to ethical decision points

  • This course focuses on collaboration skills in developing high-performing teams. Personal power, conflict, and influence are examined. Team building communication techniques are also included.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Develop strategies for high-performing teams
    • Evaluate the role of influence and personal power in building relationships
    • Analyze and apply appropriate conflict management approaches
    • Evaluate collaboration skills for team building
    • Assess cultural situations in organizations
    • Evaluate supportive communication techniques
    • Analyze an emotional competence framework and apply it to teams
    • Apply systems theory, team collaboration, and shared vision to organizations

  • This course focuses on tools, techniques, and strategies for effective communication in organizational excellence. Presentation, negotiation, and advocacy are examined.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Evaluate how communication tools, channels, and techniques affect strategy
    • Demonstrate interpersonal communication to manage relationships via technology
    • Demonstrate effective and supportive listening skills in the respectful engagement of others’ ideas, behaviors, and beliefs
    • Demonstrate the use of narrative and storytelling as a communication strategy
    • Demonstrate successful negotiating skills
    • Match vocabulary and voice to audience needs
    • Argue for and influence an audience on a critical topic
    • Present material in a visually appealing manner

  • This course focuses on the dynamics of power and influence within organizations. It explores the role of power in leadership and how to exercise it appropriately. An overview of the nature and types of power in leadership roles are examined, along with the relationship between power and influence. Communication, relationship building, and organizational politics are also addressed concerning power and influence.

    Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

    • Analyze the role that power plays in leadership within today’s society
    • Describe the relationships between leadership, power, and influence
    • Evaluate the connections between power and leadership as they relate to ethical conduct
    • Define the nature and characteristics of power as it exists in the workplace
    • Articulate how power influences leadership abilities, including communication, conflict management, and decision-making

Share Your Success

Saint Mary’s supports your success by providing you with the tools necessary to not only achieve your professional goals but to share them with the world—especially the digital world.

As part of our commitment, Saint Mary’s offers an opportunity for you to be awarded digital badges. Digital badges are a graphic verification representing your achievement after completing a specific online course or program.


The online Individual and Team Leadership Graduate Certificate can be completed in as little as four months, with an average length of eight months. The certificate program accepts students from all areas of study and no background, prior work experience, or related bachelor’s degree in leadership is required. For admission to the program, you'll need:

    • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
    • If your overall GPA is below 2.75, you may receive conditional status in the program at the discretion of the program director

  • No prerequisite coursework or experience is required for this program.

  • You don’t need GMAT/GRE scores to apply for this program.

  • Transfer credits are not accepted for this program.

  • Students with transcripts from universities outside the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (except for the Quebec Province) must take and pass English proficiency testing

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 74%
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo with a minimum score of 100

  • Whether you apply through our online application via hard copy, or in-person with a Saint Mary’s admissions counselor, your application must include the following items:

    Official transcripts: An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits must be sent separately and directly from your institution. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota accepts official transcripts electronically from previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be sent to or mailed to:

    Transcript Processing Center
    Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
    851 Trafalgar Court, Suite 420
    Maitland, FL 32751

    An up-to-date résumé: Include both your educational and professional experience.

    Two references: Provide the names of two people (including title, organization, email, and phone number) who can serve as professional references, if needed, during the application review process. The best references are those who know you professionally, such as current or former supervisors.

    A written statement: Your background and future goals all impact your success with Saint Mary’s and inform your education. As you prepare your written statement, think about including previous experiences, education, and your strengths and interests. Share your motivations for earning the online Nonprofit Management Certificate and how it will contribute to your career.

  • Upcoming application deadlines for Saint Mary’s online Individual and Team Leadership Certificate:

    • Spring: December 18, 2023
    • Summer: April 22, 2024
    • Fall: August 20, 2024

  • Upcoming start dates for Saint Mary’s online Individual and Team Leadership Certificate:

    • Spring: January 8, 2024
    • Summer: May 6, 2024
    • Fall: September 3, 2024

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, expect to be notified about acceptance approximately two weeks after your submission date.

Tuition & Fees

A college education is invaluable. You can take it wherever you want to go or as far as you want to go. The cost of quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s, we are committed to providing an accessible, quality education that is focused on enhancing your personal and professional growth. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition and other fees of the online Individual and Team Leadership certificate.

Graduate Certificate: Individual and Leadership Careers & Salary

The in-demand skills and knowledge learned in the online ITL graduate certificate program are essential to those looking to advance to managerial or executive positions in various fields. You'll gain the skills to enhance your career and match the expectations employers are looking for.

Overall management employment is projected to grow 8 percent from 2021 to 2031, resulting in about 883,900 new jobs. The median annual wage for management occupations was $102,450 in May 2021, the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.1

Project Management Specialist


Public Relations and Fundraising Manager


Human Resources Manager


What You'll Learn

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Interpret the contexts and environments in which organizations operate
  • Develop individual awareness, style, and communication skills
  • Collaborate in complex work teams utilizing effective communication techniques
  • Evaluate the ethical implications of one’s actions
  • Create an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion
  • Activate self-directed strategies for continued learning

Frequently Asked Questions

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

You may apply for admission to Saint Mary's online Individual and Team Leadership graduate certificate program anytime. After you are admitted, you may begin taking online classes at the start of any semester: Spring, Summer, or Fall.

The Individual and Team Leadership Certificate program does not accept transfer credits.

No. As long as you submit your assignments by the time they are due, you can work and study when it is most convenient for you.

All the information about eligibility and admissions requirements can be found on this page.

All of the support systems available to on-campus students at Saint Mary's are available for online learners as well. If you need academic support, a team of advisers is ready to assist. Professors are just a phone call or email away, and every online Saint Mary's student is paired with a dedicated student services coordinator who will make sure your educational and professional goals stay on track. Technical support is also available to online students 24/7 at 877-308-9954 ext. 3.

It's easy! Your journey to a more rewarding career starts by calling 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor. Or, you can request more information, and we'll reach out to you. If you already know Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is the right place to earn your online Individual and Team Leadership Certificate, go ahead and begin the Online Application Process.

No. The certificate you earn online from Saint Mary's is identical to the certificate offered on campus.

To earn your online Individual and Team Leadership Certificate, you will complete 12 credit hours of program work. You'll be able to complete your coursework in as little as four to eight months.

The program is fully online.

No, these are instructor-led courses. While there are no set class times, there are assignments with set due dates.

Yes. Certain coursework requires software that is only compatible with a Windows-based PC, and will not properly work on a Mac computer (Apple iOS). Therefore, to be successful in the program, you will either need to use a Windows-based PC or partition your Mac so that the required Windows OS software is available.

Absolutely. Many different types of financial aid are available to those who qualify. To discuss tuition rates and several different financial aid options, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor.


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Management Occupations.” September 8, 2022. Retrieved August 11, 2023, from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Project Management Specialists.” March 31, 2022. Retrieved July 18, 2022, from
  3. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Public Relations and Fundraising Managers.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved July 18, 2022, from
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Human Resources Managers.” April 18, 2022. Retrieved July 18, 2022, from