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Leader Certificate Program

The University's Leader Certificate Program is focused on preparing the next generation of leaders with the knowledge, tools, and mindset that model, motivate, and engage others to make right and just choices for the common good. Watch a short video about how this program is making a difference for program participants!

Learn more about the University of Portland's seven leader character habits by clicking on the Leader Certificate Program booklet

Program overview

  • One cartoon person helping another cartoon person up a flight of stairs.The one credit course LDR 225: Foundations of Leadership introduces students to the University of Portland Leader Certificate Program. During this course students explore what it means to be a leader using the 7 Leader Habits within Common Leader Vocabulary, assess and understand their strengths, explore several leadership theories, and create a personalized leader development action plan with a leader coach.
  • The one credit LDR 325: Leadership Practice is the experiential component of the University of Portland's Leader Certificate Program. During this course a Dexheimer Leadership Fellow coaches each student along his or her journey consisting of 3 leader habit development opportunities.
  • The one credit course LDR 425: Applied Leadership Reflection is taken by students during their final semester in the program. The culmination assignment of a student’s leadership journey is a written philosophy of leadership that each student will take with them into the world to increase their capacity for good.
  • Students who successfully complete all requirements of the program will be awarded a Leadership Certificate from the Franz Center.

Program details

  • LDR 225 has a $250 course fee and LDR 325 has a $750 course fee.
  • Scholarships may be available for students in need of financial assistance to be able to participate in the Leader Certificate Program. 


For more information about the program, contact the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at 503.943.8914.