Leadership Certificate Program

Learning Leads to Impact


The LCP is a year-long program experience completed by students as a cohort. This program provides students the opportunity to learn the principles of effective leadership by examining leadership models and ideas in class, while acquiring hands-on experience beyond the classroom. This type of experiential learning allows students to collectively select an annual focus and work together to solve a challenge in Georgia, teaching them analytical and problem-solving skills.  

LEAD courses include: reflection exercises and action plans; leadership models and theories; leadership assessment inventories; team-based initiatives; TED Talk discussions; book circles; leadership workshops and presentations given by guest facilitators and speakers; a leadership practicum project; a personal philosophy of leadership capstone presentation; etc.

Program events and activities include: challenge-course programs; community-based service projects; leadership conferences; leadership forums with visiting executives; presentations by visiting lecturers; leadership workshops; discussions on community, state, national, and global issues; professional and career development opportunities; etc.

No previous leadership experience required

Application Deadlines, Qualifications, and Instructions

  • Application Deadline for LCP 2017-18 for Returning GC Students: March 1, 2017
  • Application Deadline for LCP 2017-18 for Transfer Students: July 31, 2017

To qualify for participation, students must:

  • be of sophomore, junior, or senior standing by the anticipated start of their program experience
  • be willing and able to take LEAD 2010: Principles of Leadership I during the fall semester of their participation - tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-12:15pm, 3 credit hours
  • be willing and able to take LEAD 2011: Principles of Leadership II during the spring semester of their participation - tentatively scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-12:15pm, 3 credit hours
  • be willing and able to participate in leadership and professional development events and activities both fall and spring semesters of their participation, some of which may take place outside regular class times
  • be committed to maintaining good Academic Standing and abiding by the GC Honor Code


Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate at an end-of-the-year recognition ceremony and a medallion to be worn at graduation.

To apply, complete and submit the LCP Application found below:

Leadership Certificate Program Application


Returning students will be notified of their application status by March 13. Transfer students will be notified by August 7.