Graduate Certificate Programs

Psychology of Leadership

Department of Psychological Science
Department of Business and Information Technology

Program Description:
This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of the psychology of leadership.


Choose three courses from the following:

  • PSYCH 5600: Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 5602: Organizational Process: Research and Practice
  • PSYCH 5610: Advanced Leadership Theory & Practice
  • ERP 5210: Performance Dashboard, Scorecard and Data Visualization
  • IST 5251: Technological Innovation Management and Leadership

And a fourth course from one of the following five:

  • PSYCH 5601: Advanced Group Dynamics
  • PSYCH 5603: Advanced Social Influence
  • IST 6680: Advanced Web and New Media Studies
  • IST 6887: Research Methods in Human Computer Interaction

* Curriculum is subject to change. Please contact the department for up-to-date information on courses. Other courses approved by the Program Advisor may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis. For course descriptions, please refer to the Graduate Course Catalog.

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PSYCH 5600Advanced Social Psychology
An advanced study of the behavior of individuals in interaction within groups. Consideration will also be given to the experimental literature dealing with the formal properties of groups, conformity and deviation, intergroup relations, and attitude formation and attitude change. Prerequisite: Psych 4600.

PSYCH 5602: Organizational Process: Research and Practice
Examination of the field of organizational psychology. An emphasis is placed on research methods and application of practices related to individual processes, group processes, organizational structure and function. Prerequisite: Psych 4710 or graduate standing. Prerequisite: Psych 4602 or graduate standing.

PSYCH 5610: Advanced Leadership Theory & Practice
Examination of research surrounding the major theories of leadership. Topics include leadership measurement of traits and skills, major theories of leadership including LMX, Charismatic, Transformational, and Authentic Leadership Theories. An emphasis is given on researching leadership topics and applying findings of leadership research in organizations. Prerequisite: Psych 4610 or graduate standing.

ERP 5210: Performance Dashboard, Scorecard and Data Visualization
This course will study different performance management systems including dashboards, management cockpit, scorecards, and strategy maps in an organization. SAP's BW, Business Objects Xcelsius, Crystal Reports, Sybase Unwired Platform will be used to develop the applications. Prerequisite: ERP 2110 or preceded or accompanied by ERP 5110.

IST 5251: Technological Innovation Management and Leadership
The course focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for the development and implementation of effective strategies for the management of technology-based organizations. This involves: developing a general management perspective on technology and innovation, examining the problems of new product development, identifying distinctive technological competencies, licensing and marketing technologies, assessing the organizational and industrial context of technology. Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate Standing.

PSYCH 5601: Advanced Group Dynamics
An in-depth review of the concepts and theories related to group dynamics. Topics include group goals, communication within groups, group structure, norms, leadership, decision making, controversy, conflict resolution, power, diversity issues, and team development. Students will consider theoretical implications and practical applications of topics in group dynamics in the form of independent reading, research proposals, and observational assignments. Prerequisite: Psych 4601 or graduate standing.

PSYCH 5603: Advanced Social Influence
An in-depth review of the principles and procedures that affect the process of social influence, with consideration given to attitudinal, compliance inducing, and perceptual influences. Students will consider the theoretical implications and practical applications of topics in social influence in the form of independent reading, research proposals and/or projects, and observational assignments. Prerequisite: Psych 4603 or graduate standing.

IST 6680: Advanced Web and New Media Studies
The course covers web culture, including topics such as social media; citizen journalism, crowd intelligence, privacy, and copyright. This course is an advanced version of Intro to Web Studies, with additional assignments.

IST 6887: Research Methods in Human Computer Interaction
This course covers quantitative and qualitative research methods for exploring the interaction between people and information technologies. The course covers techniques and tools for carrying out literature reviews, forming research goals, designing research, conducting data analyses; and preparing manuscripts and live presentations. Prerequisite: Preceded or accompanied by IST 5885.

Please check the semester wise Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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The psychology of leadership certificate program is open to all persons holding a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD degree who have the required prerequisites for the courses offered. Students who do not have all of the prerequisite courses necessary to take a course in the certificate program will be allowed to take "bridge" courses at either the graduate or undergraduate level to prepare for the formal certificate courses.

Once admitted to the program, the student must maintain an average cumulative grade of 3.0 or better in the certificate courses in order to receive the graduate certificate.
Students admitted to the certificate program will have a non-matriculated status as a graduate student; however, if they complete the courses with a grade of B or better in each course they will be admitted to the Missouri S&T master's degree program in information science and technology. At the discretion of other graduate programs, these courses may also be transferred as graduate credit to those programs.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2015-16 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016)


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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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