Online Executive Leadership Program Certificate Option Available

Executive Leadership Program Certificate

A History of Launching Great Leaders

Seattle University's Executive Leadership Certificate program has been developing transformational leaders for more than 20 years. This seven-month business certificate program is designed to address what C-suite and senior level executives found lacking in their organizations -- wise and thoughtful leadership and insightful, well-informed, discerning leaders.

Great leadership isn’t about what you know, it’s about who you are. SeattleU’s Executive Leadership Certificate program will help you cultivate the internal qualities of great leaders—insight, self-awareness, confidence, and humility.

Offered Online and On Campus 

Designed to meet you where you're at, this program is offered in two modalities: online and on campus. Both program modalities include a retreat at the beginning and conclusion of the program.

On Campus Program 

The on campus program includes a three day weekend on campus each month, and incorporates classes online and on campus. This is a great fit for professionals who want to engage in regular face to face learning in the Seattle area.

Online Program

The online program provides remote courses with one four day retreat at the beginning of the program and one three day retreat at the conclusion of the program. This program is a great fit for professionals across the country who can commit to traveling to Seattle twice during the program. 

What Makes Us Stand Out?

This top leadership program is more than a business certificate. We’ll challenge you to examine yourself in the context of your work life and your personal life, and you’ll get the opportunity to put your leadership into action on an issue of importance to you. Experience: 

  • A residential retreat
  • Advanced experiential learning
  • Engaging team projects 
  • Opportunities to work one-on-one with some of the area’s top executive coaches

Residential Retreat

At the beginning of the Executive Leadership Program Certificate Program (on campus and online) you will be invited to campus for a residential retreat. This retreat provides unique opportunities to bond with your cohort and challenge your ideals of self, leadership and teamwork.

During this time on campus you will: 

  • Engage in team building and trust activities
  • Solidify your goals for engaging with the program
  • Reflect on the type of leader you want to become


The Executive Leadership Certificate program was truly an amazing experience. The program was transformative; it challenged me in ways I wasn't expecting. I would do it again in a heartbeat! I wish we could offer this program to everybody. This is the kind of leadership program that would be beneficial in every setting and for all disciplines.

Anne Hirsch, ELP '17 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UW School of Nursing

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