Leader Certificate Program | University of Portland

Leader Certificate Program

The University's Leader Certificate Program is a three course program that 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 video about the Leader Certificate Program to find out how this program is making a difference for program participants! 

Program Overview

Leader Certificate Program graduatesLDR 225: Foundations of Leadership

  • One credit course
  • LDR 225: Foundations of Leadership introduces students to the University of Portland Leader Certificate Program.
  • The Goal: 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.

LDR 325: Leadership Practice

  • One credit course
  • LDR 325: Leadership Practice is the experiential component of the University of Portland's Leader Certificate Program.
  • The Goal: During this course a Dexheimer Leadership Fellow coaches each student along his or her journey consisting of 3 leader habit development opportunities.

LDR 425: Applied Leadership Reflection

  • One credit course
  • LDR 425: Applied Leadership Reflection is taken by students during their final semester in the program.
  • The Goal: 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.
  • The Final Achievement: 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.
  • Those enrolled in the Leader Certificate Program receive priority in the RA and Global Perspectives on Leadership selection process.
  • Scholarships may be available for students in need of financial assistance to be able to participate in the Leader Certificate Program. 
  • Please complete the brief leadership scholarship application https://uportland.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9vmExvjY3CPjIt8 to be considered for financial assistance. Scholarship applications are due by Friday, May 3rd at 5pm (Pacific Time)


For more information about the program, contact the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at houglum@up.edu.