Darden Certificate in Leadership & Management

Certificate in Leadership & Management

Darden's noncredit leadership & management certificate exposes current and advancing leaders to a broad field of management specialties and leadership capabilities, transforming managers into executives capable of leading from the inside out.

Professionals can earn their noncredit certificate by completing four Executive Education programs over a seven-year period. While similar in length and proximity to business practice, programs vary by topic material, offering participants the chance to tailor their curriculum to their purpose.

We have one other noncredit certificate that also count toward the Certificate in Leadership & Management:

Not sure which programs will best fit your needs? Our Lifelong Learning team is here for you — to help you evaluate and compare programs, and build the best learning journey to meet your goals.

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Upcoming Programs

Live Virtual Live Virtual Online Online In person In-Person


Live Virtual Responsible Business for Corporate Boards
5 August–30 September 2024
Online Collaboration and Influence
5 August–9 September 2024
In person Strategic Negotiation
9–13 September 2024
In person Leading Teams for Growth and Change
23–27 September 2024
In person Managing Individual and Organizational Change
7–10 October 2024
In person Women in Leadership Program
21–25 October 2024
In person AI-Powered Data Analytics
12–15 November 2024
In person Driving Ethical Innovation in the Age of AI
13–15 November 2024

Hear from participants and faculty on the importance of lifelong learning and how Darden's noncredit Certificate in Leadership & Management can help you sharpen your skills and advance in your career.

I have taken six courses at Darden and they have all been extremely well taught, interesting and immediately applicable to my job as a manager and a leader.

Ben Lord
Construction Executive, Clark Construction

What You'll Get

  • Your Benefit
    Certificate in Leadership & Management

    Whether you're addressing a specific management competency or taking a total revamp to your leadership approach, you'll complete your certificate not just with the skills and perspectives you hoped to obtain, but others you never knew you could. Soaking up career-long lessons from both colleagues and Darden's top-ranked faculty, you'll address blind spots and heighten your professional credentials — all while multiplying your network.

  • Your Organization's Benefit

    Whether you're an employee or an employer, your organization will benefit from a targeted leadership and management track customizable to industries and specific areas of development. Future leaders get a first-hand account of the demands of responsible leadership, while current managers challenge conventions and whet their point of view through the perspectives of their peers. By investing in a few weeks of development, employees return to their positions with a renewed sense of purpose and the tools to affect change at the enterprise level.



Leading Mindfully

Learn evidence-based practices to effectively lead under pressure and build your team’s resilience with compassion and communication.

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Leading Teams for Growth and Change

Cultivate a healthy, collaborative culture, even while undergoing change. Features rowing with Olympian Dan Lyons.

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Managing Individual and Organizational Change

Develop the critical skills and perspectives to navigate organic and disruptive change to drive growth and innovation.

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Finance & Banking, Management Competencies

Financial Management for Non-Financial Executives

Gain financial acumen to make better business decisions. Learn to interpret financial reports, improve the bottom line and speak a common language with financial executives.

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Women in Leadership Program

Enhance your leadership and influence skills to create the change you need to succeed.

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Collaboration and Influence

Discover what motivates your organization's internal and external stakeholders to build trust, promote positive engagement, gain support for new ideas and ultimately drive long-term success and growth.

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Servant Leadership: Leading with Humanity

Develop the essential leadership skills necessary to lead with and through your team in a changing world.

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Management Competencies

AI-Powered Data Analytics

Harness the power of AI-driven data analytics to better recognize opportunities, more effectively guide innovation and make smarter, more profitable choices.

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Management Competencies

Strategic Negotiation

Conduct and win negotiations that leave both sides satisfied. In this program, you'll engage in live, face-to-face negotiations and learn strategies that apply in both personal and professional situations.

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Leadership, Management Competencies

Effective Decision Making

Make better decisions using the fundamentals of behavioral decision making and game theory in this interactive learning experience.

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Advanced Management, Leadership

Responsible Business for Corporate Boards

Better understand how to think about the governance of your enterprise, deal with pressing issues and challenging board dynamics, as well as navigate external pressures put on companies.

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Darden Executive Education is provided by the University of Virginia
Darden School Foundation.