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Collaborative Community Leadership
214 Litton-Reaves Hall, Mail Code: 0343
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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Why this certificate?

Surveys conducted by Harvard University indicate that Americans believe “we have a leadership crisis in the country today.” Furthermore, the sentiment is that “unless we get better leaders, the United States will decline as a nation” (Rosenthal, 2012).  In our rapidly changing world, we need leaders with interdisciplinary skills to solve complex societal issues on local, national, and international levels (Getha-Taylor, 2008). The Collaborative Community Leadership graduate certificate program will prepare participants with the educational background necessary to lead in a diverse and multi-cultural environment.

This certificate will complement Virginia Tech graduate students' academic education by preparing them with the following abilities:

  • Apply knowledge of leadership principles in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contexts,
  • Engage in scholarly inquiry as a way to critically analyze leadership theory and practice,
  • Promote collaborative leadership in real-world settings, and 
  • Practice social responsibility in today's diverse and multicultural environment.

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

Admission & Conferral

Admission to the graduate certificate program in Collaborative Community Leadership will be considered from students enrolled in any graduate program at Virginia Tech and from non-degree students who have been admitted to take courses by the Graduate School.  Students who intend to pursue the certificate should complete the Graduate Certificate Application. When all requirements have been satisfied, participants will submit an application for certificate conferral to have the certificate added to their academic transcript.  


The certificate requires successful completion of 13 credit hours, including completion of a project that demonstrates application of concepts from the program.  The required coursework includes two core courses and two courses from restricted electives.  All courses are graduate-level and three credit hours.  The project should be completed with one credit hour of independent study credit (LDRS 5974).  Click here for a list of core courses and electives.