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Are you ready to elevate your management and leadership skills? Whether you are looking to move up the corporate ladder, empower your team, or embark on a new career path, this management and leadership training program will help you gain the essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed as an effective manager or supervisor.


About the Program

SDSU’s Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership is a comprehensive online program designed to equip you with the knowledge and expertise needed to excel in an ever-changing, dynamic business environment. Offered in partnership with Ed2Go, this certificate is a non-credit offering comprising a series of eight carefully selected courses that are expert-led, each aimed at shaping influential leaders and proficient managers. Choose from an instructor-moderated six-week format with monthly start dates, or you can complete all eight courses at your own pace. Flexibility is important, so you can also choose to take all eight courses through a single delivery format or mix and match based on your schedule and preferences.

Format Estimated Cost Ave. Completion Time Course Format
Instructor-Moderated $1,992 15 months Fully Online
Self-Guided $1,592 9-12 months Fully Online

Meet Your Instructors

In today’s competitive job market, leadership and management skills are invaluable. The Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership credential is your gateway to gaining a competitive edge in the professional world. Topics include team building and management, delegating responsibility, motivating employees, time management, solving problems and resolving conflicts, business strategies, and other business and leadership fundamentals.

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Vivian Harte

Vivian Harte has been teaching people the skills they need to build and maintain successful teams for more than 15 years. In addition to her online course, she helped students at a major university learn the skills of being a great team member and a team leader in the classroom, workplace, and organizations.

Patricia Addesso

Patricia Addesso has worked for more than 20 years in retail, academic, and telecommunications organizations. She has a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is well-grounded in the theory of human behavior at work. In addition, she has held management positions in three companies, and thus "speaks the language" of upper management. This blend of the theoretical and the practical is the hallmark of her consulting style. Dr. Addesso's specialty is organization development and team building. She has been involved in managing mergers, acquisitions, and other large-scale organizational changes, and is currently involved in projects such as strategic planning and personality assessments.

Dave Paquin

Dave Paquin has been teaching computer skills in the classroom for more than 15 years. He holds a Master of Science in Training and Learning Technology and has extensive experience as a Human Resources manager.

Lynne Morton

Lynne Morton is a management consultant and certified leadership coach. She has 30 years of experience helping individuals and organizations maximize their potential to achieve high performance. A globally recognized consultant and author, she has also taught at the university level for over 15 years. Her professional experience includes having served as President of Performance Improvement (PI) Solutions, Associate Director at PwC, and Vice President at Marsh & McLennan Cos. A graduate of Vassar College and Georgetown University, Lynne is active in a range of DEI organizations, helping women achieve leadership.

Scott Paxton

Scott Paxton is a Certified Public Accountant and holds master's degrees in business administration and accounting. Scott has extensive business management experience across several industries. Teaching in both an in-person and remote work environment, he uses techniques to improve team communication and efficiency.

His background also includes experience as a public accountant, an entrepreneur, and a college business instructor. In addition, Scott has worked as a consultant advising business owners on how to successfully implement and troubleshoot QuickBooks, improve internal control policies, and maximize organizational performance.

Tony Swaim

Tony Swaim has helped many clients, colleagues, and students reach their professional and personal goals. He has been an online instructor since 1998 and has taught at colleges and universities across the United States since 1981. His focus areas are project management, Six Sigma, and supply chain management. Tony manages a successful consulting firm, and his industry experience includes 20 years of supply chain management. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and holds professional certifications in six disciplines, including the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)® from the American Society for Quality (ASQ)®.

Anna Smith

Anna Smith has worked in the human resources field for 30 years and has taught at the university level for more than 20 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Spalding University, a master's degree in management from Webster University, and a Master Online Teaching certificate from the University of Illinois. She is also a certified Professional in Human Resources from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI), a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources, and an SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Her experience spans many areas of human resources, including recruitment, labor relations, and affirmative action plans.

Is This Program Right for Me?

Designed for professionals looking to enhance their leadership and management skills, this program is ideal for those already working in leadership roles or those aspiring to lead in various industries.

Your peers hold positions such as:

  • Team leaders
  • Project managers
  • Supervisors
  • Administrators
  • Systems analysts

All management and leadership courses are 100% online and accessible from anywhere in the world. Our experienced instructors blend theory with practical insights, using case studies and hands-on exercises to ensure your success. With continuous curriculum updates, you will stay current with industry trends.

What Can I Learn

The Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership program at SDSU Global Campus offers a wealth of knowledge and skills to elevate your career as a dynamic leader and effective manager. Through engaging online courses, you will develop the expertise required to excel in today's business environment.

You will explore a wide range of critical competencies, including:

  • Leadership: Understand the essential qualities of a successful leader and their impact on organizational success.
  • Management: Gain fundamental and advanced management skills, from goal setting to team optimization.
  • Team Building: Learn strategies to foster collaboration and high-performance teamwork within your organization.
  • High-Performance Culture: Discover how to create and maintain a culture of excellence and productivity.
  • Remote Team Management: Master the tools and techniques required to successfully lead remote teams.
  • Business Fundamentals: Enhance your understanding of key business principles to make informed decisions.
  • Talent Management: Optimize your team's potential and performance through effective talent management.

In addition to these core competencies, you will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of leadership theories and their practical application.
  • Acquire skills in effective communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution.
  • Gain insights into talent acquisition, retention, and performance evaluation.
  • Explore the strategies and tools for managing teams in person and virtually.

Career Outcomes

Labor Analysis
Management Occupations — Nationwide

Job Postings
1.1 million
Projected job openings each year through 2032 (Source: BLS)

Projected Growth
The median annual wage for those in management occupations (Source: BLS)

Salary Range
Job postings per month (Source: Lightcast)


Due to nearly every industry needing strong management and leadership, the outlook for these types of trained professionals is bright. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall employment in management occupations is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations from 2022 to 2032.

Why Choose SDSU?


Our Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership program is designed to cater to individuals at various stages of their careers. Whether you're a seasoned professional looking to enhance your leadership skills or someone just beginning their journey in management and leadership, our program’s curriculum equips you with the knowledge and expertise needed to excel in virtually any industry.

Highly Experienced Instructors

Learn from industry experts with years of experience and credentials across various high-demand industries in business, project management, people management, human resources, computer science, and more. Forge valuable connections with a diverse community of peers who share your passion for leadership and management excellence.


We understand that your schedule may be demanding. That's why all our courses are available 100% online, offering the flexibility you need to balance your studies with your professional commitments. Our program is tailored to fit the needs of today's busy students and working professionals, ensuring you can pursue your educational goals without interruption.


Course List

To earn the Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership credential, you’ll need to successfully complete eight (8) courses, each addressing a unique aspect of leadership and management. For each course, choose the learning style that is best for you: Instructor-moderated courses are six weeks in duration with monthly start dates. The self-guided format includes three-month course access allowing for additional flexibility to complete coursework on your own schedule.

Core Courses

Two formats are offered per course. Click the "Enroll Now" link for course descriptions, upcoming start dates, and to enroll.

Course Instructor-Moderated ($249) Self-Guided ($199)
Building Teams That Work Enroll Now Enroll Now
Fundamentals of Supervision and Management Enroll Now Enroll Now
Fundamentals of Supervision and Management II Enroll Now Enroll Now
High-Performance Organization Enroll Now Enroll Now
Leadership Enroll Now Enroll Now
Managing Remote Teams Enroll Now Enroll Now
Mastery of Business Fundamentals Enroll Now Enroll Now
Talent and Performance Management Enroll Now Enroll Now

Finished all the required courses?

Click the button below to receive your certificate.


Registration Instructions

To register for courses in the Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership, please complete the following steps:

  1. Choose your course in the "Courses" tab.
  2. Click on the red course links to register.
  3. Select your desired enrollment option (instructor-moderated or self-guided)
  4. Click "Add to Cart."
  5. Add more courses to your cart or click "Checkout."
  6. If enrolling in the instructor-moderated option, select your desired start date.
  7. Click “Begin Checkout”
  8. If you have previously taken an Ed2Go course and created an account with Ed2Go, you will Sign In with your existing Ed2Go username (email address) and password. If you are a new student, you will enter your email address, then click “Create Account” and follow the prompts.
  9. Pay for your course(s).
  10. After you have successfully completed the checkout process, the following screen will include an Enrollment Confirmation as well as a link to “Enter The Classroom” to access Orientation. You will also receive an emailed Enrollment Confirmation, which serves as your receipt of payment.
  11. Until the first day of the session, your course(s) will be listed to the left under the Upcoming Courses section of their Classroom homepage. You can access the Orientation for any Upcoming or Active courses. On the first day of the session, your course will be moved to the Active Courses section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can this certificate help me advance in my career?

Absolutely! Our program is designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in leadership and management roles across various industries. Whether you're looking to move up the corporate ladder or embark on a new career path, this certificate can significantly enhance your career prospects.

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How can I check my progress in the program?

Login to your Ed2go account to view your course progress and to access any earned course completion certificates.

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How is the program structured?

The program comprises eight core courses that cover a wide range of leadership and management topics. These courses can be completed at your own pace, providing flexibility to fit your schedule and needs.

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What is the program format?

All courses in the Professional Certificate in Management and Leadership program are offered online. This format ensures you can access course materials and participate from anywhere worldwide. Courses are available in two learning styles: Instructor-moderated or self-guided. Instructor-moderated courses are cohort-based, six weeks in length with monthly start dates, and include peer-to-peer and peer-to-instructor discussions with lessons released on a scheduled basis. Self-guided courses provide three months of course access, including peer-to-peer discussions with all lessons available upon enrollment.

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Are textbooks required?

The program curriculum includes all necessary materials. While some courses may recommend supplementary readings, there is no requirement for expensive textbooks.

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How do I receive my professional certificate once I've finished the program?

If you have successfully completed all courses, fill out and submit a certificate request form. SDSU Global Campus will verify that you’ve completed all the required courses and assignments. Once you’ve been verified, you’ll receive a digital copy of your certificate. Login to your Ed2go account to retrieve individual course completion certificates.

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I'm interested. How do I get started?

Getting started is easy! Simply click on the Courses tab to browse our courses and register for each individually. If you have any questions about the program, our Welcome Center can help. Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to get in touch.

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When can I get started?

Instructor-Moderated: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.​

Self-Guided: Your course begins immediately after you enroll.​

Please note that altho​ugh it is possible to take more than one course concurrently, we do not recommend taking multiple courses at the same time.

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How does it work?

Instructor-Moderated: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends. You will interact with the instructor through the online discussion area. There are no live sessions or online meetings with the instructor.

Self-Guided: You have 3 months of access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students in the online discussion area.

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How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Instructor-Moderated: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release. However, you will have access to all lessons from the time they are released until the course ends.

Self-Guided: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period. Discussion areas for each lesson are open for the entire duration of the course.

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What if I need an extension?

Instructor-Moderated: Students enrolled in a six-week online class benefit from a one-time, 10-day extension for each course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.​

Self-Guided: Because this course is self-guided, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.

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Want to Learn More?

Submit this web form, and we’ll be in touch to answer all your questions and explain the next steps in the process. Or, you can reach a program recruiter by emailing recruiter.global@sdsu.edu or by calling (619) 594-7700.

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