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Graduate Program Certificate:
Strategic Leadership

Learn the skills, principles, and traits that successful leaders all share.

Leadership is both an art and a science. As a manager, the ability to motivate and positively influence others is central to both personal and career success. The Strategic Leadership Certificate examines productive leadership in its many facets, through the study of evidence-based approaches for motivating individuals and teams.

As organizations continue the trend of flattening hierarchies and expecting more people to lead, the skills taught in this module become even more critical. Pursing this module puts you in a unique position to help any organization that you join. It includes hands-on training in:

Because this leadership module does not focus on specific career tracks or positions, it is ideal preparation for anyone who dreams of a C-suite career managing and leading others.

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Required Courses

This course is designed to help students acquire foundational knowledge and skills related to understanding, predicting, and changing human behavior and processes in and around organizations. Students will become more aware of their strengths and weaknesses as individuals and team members. They will learn how to apply theoretical concepts to master real-world challenges. Topical coverage includes, but is not limited to, leadership models and theories, job attitudes, employee motivation, group/team dynamics, decision-making, organizational climate and culture, stress, diversity, and individual differences, such as perceptions, attitudes, and personality. The content of this core course is critical for the more-focused courses in this certificate.

This course examines major concepts, theories, processes, and practices associated with conflict analysis, resolution, and negotiation. Within an interactive learning environment, emphasis is placed on preparing for and analyzing conflict and negotiation situations, developing various goals of conflict management and negotiation, learning principles of constructive and destructive communication, assessing biases and barriers to effective conflict resolution and negotiation, and reflecting on these processes for managerial growth and development. This course is designed to address a broad spectrum of conflict resolution and negotiation problems that are faced by managers and professionals. Moreover, we will combine the theoretical concepts from class with applications, so you can understand why and how things work in context. Successful completion of this course will enable you to recognize, understand, and analyze essential concepts in conflict resolution and negotiation.

This course focuses on the process by which managers sense and respond to change. It emphasizes proactive, planned, and managed change that can involve the adaptation of structure and policy, as well as the influence of underlying system of beliefs, values, and attitudes. The course includes an examination of leadership climate, organizational culture, and individual resistance as factors influencing the change process and comparison of the efficacy of possible interventions.

This course examines how managers can create value through creativity and innovation in their companies. It is targeted to those interested in managing in high or low technology firms, as well as those interested in consulting. The course objectives are to build familiarity with creativity and innovation concepts and terms, develop skills in creative strategic thinking, build skills in persuasively communicating creative ideas, and develop skills necessary for implementing creative ideas. Through interactive exercises and simulations, the emphasis is on helping the student develop their own knowledge and skills, as well as build their capacity, as future managers, to influence the creativity and innovation process in organizations. Prerequisite: 53:620:505.

* To earn a certificate, the student must complete all required courses in the associated program in which they were admitted.  A student cannot earn three or more grades of C (including C+) or a single grade of F on her or his record. An overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 is required for certificate completion.


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BLDP Executive Shadowing Application v2

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If I am chosen and matched with an executive, I will follow through and prepare a one-page report giving honest feedback about the experience. The written summary is due by the start of the next semester. By typing my name in the box to the right I am offering my digital signature in lieu of my handwritten signature.

After the shadowing event, I will write a personal thank you letter to the executive and copy Dr. Kaufman-Scarborough and Ms. Bridget Britton for their records. By typing my name in the box to the right I am offering my digital signature in lieu of my handwritten signature.

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After notified of a match, students are responsible for providing personal information to the matched executive (e.g., current resume and cover letter with information on career ambitions). The information on this application is for internal use only, for us to match you as well as possible with and executive from among our alumni database.

BLDP Application

The Spring 2023 Application is now open! 

Priority will be given to applications received by November 18. Applications are accepted until all seats are filled. Space is limited, so apply early!

The seminar application process is our gateway for entry into the program. Upon acceptance into BLDP, students will be emailed their acceptance letter plus a special permission number allowing registration for the BLDP seminar.


Seminar applications are solicited each semester and require the following:

  1. Completed application form (at the bottom of this page),
  2. For students with GPA 3.0 – 3.49, two (2) letters of recommendation (one academic; one other)

Rutgers-Camden students are invited to apply to apply for enrollment in the BLDP seminar. All applicants are expected to meet both of the following selection criteria:  (1) have sophomore standing or above and (2) have an overall GPA of 3.0 or above. First-semester transfer students will be evaluated based on their GPA earned at Rutgers. Students who fail to meet these admission criteria may still be allowed to apply for (and possibly enroll in) the BLDP seminar, but they will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The director balances evaluations to make final decisions on people accepted for the seminar (up to a maximum of 15-20 each semester).

Students who are admitted to the BDLP are required to adopt the BLDP Code of Conduct. A signed contract is required from each student.

Students may count activities toward “leadership units” that were initiated prior to taking a seminar, as long as those activities occured primarily during their enrollment in their academic program.

Application for Admission to BLDP Seminar

Applications for the BLDP Seminar will be ongoing until class is filled.

BLDP Program Application

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