Certificate in Leadership Studies


Individual leadership courses can either be applied to the Certificate, can go toward a leadership minor within a UNB undergraduate program, or as part of the Bachelor of Integrated Studies.

The Certificate in Leadership Studies is open to current UNB students only. However, students not enrolled in a UNB degree program may complete individual course offerings.


To register for a particular course, New students should contact the College of Extended Learning:
1 866 599-4646; extend@unb.ca, UNB students should register through their UNB eServices.

About the Certificate in Leadership Studies

The Certificate in Leadership Studies introduces four concepts

  • Leading Self
  • Leading Projects
  • Leading With Others
  • Leading Others

All four concepts include certain elements of knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding

  • Actions and decision-making
  • Managing resources
  • Vision and values
  • Setting goals and directions
  • Reviewing the process  

These concepts and elements interplay in the context of dynamic relationships between individuals, groups, and communities in a diverse set of fields of application (e.g., not-for-profit, private businesses, government). In this model, leadership means the intentional and effective application and facilitation of these various concepts and elements to initiate, influence, and achieve positive change within a given community context.
The Certificate in Leadership Studies will focus on developing competencies that will help you to be more effective in contributing to leadership processes in any community context (for example, in municipal or provincial communities, in not-for-profit organizations, or in business communities and professional communities of practice).

Certificate Requirements

The Certificate in Leadership Studies requires the following 5 courses of the minor (RCLP 1001, RCLP 1011, RCLP 1062, RCLP 2001, RCLP 3030) totalling 15 credit hours. Students are advised that in order to complete the certificate they may need to take more than the usual number of credit hours required by their degree program. Students should check with their faculty advisoras well as the Renaissance College, College coordinator.

RCLP 1001 - Leadership Foundations
Students will be introduced to the philosophical and historical foundations of leadership theory and practice. Furthermore, they will study theories and models of leadership. Finally, they will explore their own as well as others’ potential to contribute to leadership processes. The course will focus on developing student skills in academic reading and writing, self management and presentation, to enhance their leadership abilities. The main course outcomes will enhance student growth and competency in the Knowing-Self-And-Others (primary) and Personal-Well-Being (secondary) learning outcomes of Renaissance College.

RCLP 1011 - Worldviews, Religions and Cultures
This course will explore various worldviews and religions, and their formative influence on cultures, communities, individuals and particularly people in positions of leadership.

RCLP 1062 - Citizenship and Community Issues
Citizenship requires an awareness of civics and community issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. This module will introduce the area with reference to a topical community issue.

RCLP 2001 - Practicing Leadership in Community Projects
Students will study and practice leadership in the context of diverse communities and national organizations. Initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing a leadership project in an organization of the student’s choice as well as continuous reflection on and evaluation of this project will be at the core of this course. The course will focus on developing student skills in project management, communication, and cooperation. The main course outcomes will enhance student growth and competency in the Problem-Solving (primary) and Effective-Citizenship (secondary) learning outcomes of Renaissance College.

RCLP 3030 - Integrated Learning Portfolio
Students graduating from the Bachelor of Integrated Studies are required to construct personal learning portfolios to demonstrate achievement in each of the program's articulated learning outcomes. This course will introduce the learning outcomes, the theory and practice of experiential learning, and reflective writing, as they work toward constructing their understanding of the role and purpose of a personal learning portfolio. May be taken only by students registered in the BIS program.

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