Enhance your leadership potential.

An MBA or other Master’s degree is often expected if you plan to advance through the management ranks. At Nichols, you can set yourself apart and become even more marketable with a Certificate of Advanced Leadership Studies.

Nichols Certificate of Advanced Leadership Studies complements any Master’s degree by providing greater education in leadership, negotiation and conflict management, organizational change and innovation, and ethics. It gives you just what you need to be a confident and respected leader.


Students earn the Certificate of Advanced Leadership Studies by taking the 9 credit leadership core curriculum and choosing 9 credits of specified electives. If you’re enrolled in an MBA or MOL program, you can finish faster by choosing electives that meet both your certificate and degree requirements.

Leadership Core (9 credits)

GSB 751
The Ethical Leader
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course examines public responsibility, personal integrity, and competitive pressure in organizations and the significant influence of the political, legal, social and ethical environments upon leadership, ethics, and business. The application of ethical, regulatory, and legal systems to the responsibilities of people in organizations toward society and individuals is explored. Legal and moral aspects of management are analyzed and compared. The course uses experiential exercises, case studies, and student projects that allow students to form a deeper understanding of accountable and responsible leadership.
Prerequisite: GSB 600 & GSB 602

GSB 752
Global Leadership
3 Hours, 1 Semester

Effective global leadership is built upon in-depth understanding and insight into a variety of international issues and cross-cultural concepts. Global leaders must identify and respond to key characteristics, behaviors and attributes within the internal and external environment. Students will explore leadership and management as it relates to complex social, cultural, and organizational contexts around the world. Future global challenges are also considered.
Prerequisite: GSB 600 & GSB 602

GSB 753
Leadership Priorities: Maintaining Balance & Creativity
3 Hours, 1 Semester

Understanding yourself as a leader, maintaining balance both personally and professionally, managing stress and leading without compromising your values are some of the concerns of today's leaders. This course will examine the personal life of the leader including overload and stress, energy and creativity, and finding satisfaction and purpose, and will explore issues such as the responsibilities of leadership, accountability to the organization and to followers, and leadership character and values.
Prerequisite: GSB 600 & GSB 602

Leadership Elective Choices (9 credits)

GSB 708
Financial Management for Nonprofits
3 Hours, 1 Semester

Analysis of internal financial procedures unique to nonprofits, including topics such as nonprofit accounting; financial planning; creating and monitoring a budget for a nonprofit; setting prices for nonprofits; investment of surplus funds; short- and intermediate-term financing including bank relations; long-term financing; analysis of new programs; elimination of existing programs.
Prerequisite: GSB 504 or equivalent

GSB 725
Marketing Strategies
3 Hours, 1 Semester

Focuses on the strategic decisions necessary to match organizational resources and objectives with market opportunities. Emphasis on the managerial approach to product development and diversification, pricing, communication through advertising and selling, and distribution decisions. Planning, research, and organizational aspects of marketing decision-making are stressed throughout. Examines consumer and industrial products and services, profit, non-profit, public and private organizations, and the social and legal implications of marketing policies.
Prerequisite: GSB 505 or equivalent.

GSB 737
Change and Innovation Management
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course examines the problems and possibilities encountered when leading an organizational change effort. Emphasis is on organizational vision, focusing behaviors, inspiring behaviors, levels of concern when making organizational change, alignment of organizational systems, and theories of change. Students will learn to form vision statements, examine systems alignment, implement strategies for organizational change, anticipate obstacles, optimize scarce resources, and maintain motivation. Students will also analyze the successes, the failures, and the multiple dilemmas of
modern organizations in both the private and public sectors in order to better understand the causes, implications, and potential leader actions and strategies associated with organizational change.
Prerequisite: GSB 502 or GSB 600

GSB 738
Negotiation and Conflict Management
3 Hours, 1 Semester

Negotiation and conflict occur routinely within and between organizations, and the ability to handle these situations are critical management skills. This course examines the strategies and techniques needed to become an effective negotiator. Students will examine the elements of the negotiation process, including bargaining and persuasion strategies, within a variety of settings. Conflict management will also be addressed and will focus on interpersonal conflict, mediation, investigation, and arbitration.
Prerequisite: GSB 502 or GSB 600

GSB 739
Creative Decision Making
3 Hours, 1 Semester

This course examines qualitative and quantitative tools for leaders to develop creative solutions to problems of various kinds. Included are theoretical and practical applications of creatively solving problems in a wide range of organizational settings. Students will study the connections between innovation, creativity, visualization, memory, thinking, overcoming mental barriers, problem definition, idea generation, idea evaluation, solution implementation and improved communication.
Prerequisite: GSB 502 or GSB 600