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The Graduate Leadership Certificate is comprised of five leadership critical courses designed to fine-tune the leadership capability and effectiveness of mid-managers to executives.

Overview: This program is designed to prepare managers for long-term career success by distilling the essence of proven leadership knowledge and strategies at the personal, team, and organizational level.  Learning is grounded in evidence based research and facilitated by lecture, case study, simulations, and group activity. To earn the certificate, the five courses must be completed by June 2019. Otherwise, the courses can be taken individually. Read more to learn about the highlights and your professors.


Tuition: $2,900/course or $13,000/certificate for the five-courses total and earn the Graduate Leadership Certificate. Tuition includes class materials and daily breakfast, lunch, and snacks.



  • Learn the behaviors associated with exceptional leadership
  • Increase personal awareness related to leadership performance and development
  • Learn how to lead high performance functional and cross-functional teams
  • Strengthen ability to coach team members to maximize their performance, increase their responsibilities, and mitigate career derailers
  • Enhance critical reasoning and improve outcomes when there are high stakes business decisions to be made
  • Improve ability to lead change through accurate organizational diagnosis, stakeholder analysis, influence and adaptation.

Your Professors

D. Brent Smith, Ph.D. Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education | Essentials Of Leadership; Leading High-Performance Teams; Leader as Coach

Scott Sonenshein, Ph.D. Professor of Management  | Leading Change

Vikas Mittal, Ph.D. J. Hughe Liedtke Professor of Marketing | Strategic Decision-Making & Critical Reasoning

All Graduate Leadership Certificate faculty are award winning professors who teach full time in the MBA and EMBA program at the Jones Graduate School of Business and have extensive business and consulting experience. Read more about their research at Rice Business Wisdom, our online ideas magazine with clear, practical translations of faculty research that will change the way you think.

Cancellation Policy: Attendance at a Rice University Executive Education program requires significant advance preparation. Written notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days prior to the program start date to be eligible for a full refund less a six percent administrative fee. At Rice University Executive Education’s discretion, qualified substitutes for confirmed registrations may be accommodated prior to the program start date with written notice and will incur no fee for substitution. Notice given after 30 days prior to the program will not be eligible for a refund.

It is expected that participants have their own health insurance valid in the United States. The university is not responsible for medical expenses incurred by participants during the program.

Brent Smith

D. Brent Smith

Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, Associate Professor of Management and Psychology (Organizational Behavior)
Vikas Mittal

Vikas Mittal

J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Management (Marketing)
Scott Sonenshein

Scott Sonenshein

Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management (Organizational Behavior)