Women in Leadership Certificate

Extend your influence with a Women in Leadership certificate

Mercer University’s Women in Leadership graduate certificate develops individuals for leadership roles and inspires innovation to create greater gender equality in organizations. Gain the actionable knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to confront the unique challenges women face along their leadership journey.

This experiential women in leadership certificate program is designed for emerging leaders and seasoned professionals.


Format: On Campus, Cohort • Start Term: August • Completion Time: 9 months


Admission Requirements for the Women in Leadership graduate certificate program

To be eligible for the graduate-level Women in Leadership certificate, you must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a college or university accredited by an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with an acceptable level of scholarship. Learn More

International applicants must submit transcripts and academic records showing completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a foreign university. Mercer’s Office of Graduate Admissions evaluates international credentials in-house at no cost for applicants. Students must submit certified English translations of their academic records if the language of record on such documents is not English. Learn More


Your Women in Leadership certificate program experience

Learn to navigate negotiations, lead crucial conversations, resolve conflicts, influence innovation, and make data-driven decisions. Master entrepreneurial skills in strategic thinking, problem-solving, and others. Equip yourself with all of this and more through the Women in Leadership certificate program.

You will find challenging, exciting coursework taught by expert faculty members who are committed to your academic and professional success.

Power your leadership journey forward

One of the most effective ways to develop and hone new skills is by flexing them. The experiential Women in Leadership certificate program will offer you many opportunities to practice what you learn.

As you complete Women in Leadership program courses, you will have the collaborative space, support, and guidance to uncover problems, create real solutions driven by data, and leverage your influence as an effective leader.

You will study economic models, learn to use data as a critical tool for planning organizational change or business initiatives, and create your own business model and business pitch.

As part of your capstone project, you will plan, design, communicate, implement, and assess an organizational change initiative or business venture, so you will know how to apply what you have learned throughout the women’s leadership certificate program in the real world.

Personalize your Women in Leadership certificate studies

Mercer is committed to ensuring you get the education you need to meet your career goals. Pursue the graduate certificate in Women in Leadership as a stand-alone offering, or stack it with other graduate certificates offered by the School of Business through the Master of Science in Integrative Business. Add to your toolkit with a graduate certificate in:

  • Business and Data Analytics
  • Compliance, Regulation, and Analytics in Fintech
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Healthcare Management and Analytics
  • Supply Chain Management

Build specialized skills to enhance your resume—and your career—when you personalize your learning experience at Mercer.

Explore graduate-level Women in Leadership certificate courses

At Mercer, the graduate-level women’s leadership certificate program will help you make good use of the skills you have while providing you with a supportive environment to develop even more.

The dynamic curriculum will help you gain and hone negotiation skills, conflict resolution strategies, tools for effective communication in challenging and critical situations, and many others—all through the context of navigating the unique challenges women face.

If you desire to start or grow your own business, or take on more leadership roles, the program will also help you develop your entrepreneurial mindset, understand the entrepreneurial process, and recognize opportunities for growth.

Complete four courses to earn your Women in Leadership certificate:

  • WIL 610 Negotiation and Critical Conversations for Women
  • WIL 620 Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Women
  • WIL 630 Data-Driven Decision Making for Women Leaders
  • WIL 640 Women in Leadership Capstone

View course descriptions for the Women in Leadership graduate certificate.

How earning a Women in Leadership certificate will help advance your career

Whether you’re an aspiring leader or you’re an accomplished professional seeking to increase your influence and impact, Mercer’s Women in Leadership certificate program is designed for you.

Graduate-level studies demonstrate to employers a commitment to your professional development, and that you have put forth the time and effort that’s required to increase your skills and advance your work.

As you consider pursuing the women’s leadership certificate program, now is an excellent time to develop your leadership skills or advance your career in a managerial or leadership role. The overall employment in management occupations is projected to grow 8 percent through 2031, which is faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Women in Leadership certificate could help you qualify for a variety of managerial and leadership roles in many industries. It can also be combined with other graduate certificates offered by the School of Business or stacked into the M.S. in Integrative Business.

2023-2024 Tuition Rates

Per credit hour: $851
Per 3 hours: $2,553
Per 6 hours: $5,106
Per 9 hours: $7,659
Per 12 hours: $10,212

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Learn from Experienced Faculty

Build your network and learn from highly credentialed entrepreneurs, experts, and industry leaders in the Women in Leadership certificate program.

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Grow your leadership and negotiation skills

Extend your influence as a leader through the Women in Leadership graduate certificate. Take the next step and apply to Mercer today.