International Leadership Certificate

International Leadership Certificate

This program is no longer admitting students at IUPUI. For more information, please visit the Purdue in Indianapolis website.

This interdisciplinary certificate is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, abilities, perceptions, and experiential learning opportunities appropriate for any student interested in supervising or leading individuals from different countries or preparing for international work assignments. Students who complete the International Leadership Certificate will develop the tools necessary to understand the broad-based concepts associated with leadership in a variety of individual, organizational, and community settings in an ever changing, pluralistic, global society.

Certificate Requirements

Students will complete 12 credit hours of core classes and 6 credit hours of elective classes with a grade of C or higher in each class.  This certificate requires an immersive international experience (study abroad, international internship, or other department-approved intercultural learning course).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students who successfully complete all requirements for completion of the International Leadership Certificate program through Organizational Leadership will: 

  1. Develop awareness of personal experiences and other cultural contexts that shaped their own world view, biases, behaviors, and attitudes.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of intercultural perspectives, values, communication styles, beliefs, practices, and how these differences influence organizational and work contexts.
  3. Analyze complex intercultural or global organizational problems by applying theories, historical perspectives, facts, and examples from more than one area of study to develop appropriate solutions or recommendations.
  4. Evaluate personal growth across diverse and immersive learning experiences with culturally different others within and outside of the program requirements.

Core Requirements - 12 CR

OLS 26300 Ethical Decisions in Leadership - This class is for students interested in discussing and contemplating the difficult legal and ethical situations facing managers in all sizes and types of organizations. Students in this class will read and discuss a variety of writings on ethics in the workplace and also analyze both written and videotaped legal/ethical scenarios.

SPEA-V 412 Leadership & Ethics - This course is designed to examine the complex leadership issues and challenges facing communities and explore how citizens and government can work together to address these challenges. This includes exploration of how the problems, conflicts, and dilemmas encountered by leaders when making decisions must be considered within an ethical framework.

This course is for present and future leaders interested in the increasingly diverse global workforce.  The course will present a variety of leadership issues including expatriate assignments, international business strategies and their cultural and managerial impact, and a review of business practices around the world.

This course is a survey of issues relating to international management and international enterprise. The goal is to help students understand the principles and practices involved in managing across national boundaries so that they can be more effective leaders and managers-both domestically and internationally.

Complete OLS 42300 Go Green or approved 3.0 credit hour or more Study Abroad or International Internship Experience Course with a grade of C or higher. International experience credit hours in excess of 3.0 cr. will apply to electives

OLS 42300 Go Green - This is an interdisciplinary course emphasizing sustainability, globalization, and an international culture experience. In this context, sustainability refers to design, engineering, manufacturing, technology and leadership processes implemented and maintained in industry and business for the purpose of being environmentally responsible, energy efficient, cost effective, and socially responsible.

Global, Intercultural, or Social Responsibility Electives – 6 CR

See iGPS for approved list

This course will explore issues in diverse technical communication workplace settings using Intergroup Dialogue. Students will explore intercultural communication, conflict resolution, social identity, community, and social justice with diverse groups. A component of this class will be engaging with clients, co-facilitators, and/or guest speakers. Topics in this course will include a variety of social identities including (but not limited to) race/ethnicity, nationality of origin/citizenship, gender, sex, sexual orientation/attraction, SES/social class, age, religion/spirituality, ability/disability status, body size/type, level of education.

COMM-C 482 Intercultural Communication - Cognitive, affective, and behavioral learning about intercultural and intracultural communication to increase under-standing of the centrality of communication in the social, psychological, and environmental aspects of culture.

COMM-C 582 Advanced Intercultural Communication - An in-depth analysis of how variables such as values, beliefs, traditions, language, background, and experiences are manifested in the verbal and nonverbal meaning of messages communicated by cultures and subcultures throughout our global society.

An advanced survey of human biological and cultural evolution from pre-Pleistocene hominids through the development of urbanized state societies.


OLS 45400 Gender and Diversity in Management -  The work force of the future will represent multiple differences including gender, race, culture, ethnicity, physical abilities, and age.  Following this broad-based perspective of diversity, this course will focus on using knowledge of diversity to develop the leadership potential of individuals in organizations.

OLS 51600 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Organizational Leaders - This course will assist stduents in identifying and understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the workplace.  Students will engage with various theories and concepts related to workplace and societal diversity, equity, and inclusion and apply them to organizational settings.

See approved list is iGPS

Admission and Completion Requirements

To apply for the International Leadership Certificate, students must be admitted by the IUPUI Office of Admissions. Students must complete 18 credits as indicated in the curriculum with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher and a C or higher grade in each course. A maximum of 6.0 credits of applicable coursework completed at other colleges and universities. Credits earned while completing this certificate may be subsequently applied toward electives or core requirements for the B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership at IUPUI.  Students must contact the department to indicate their intent to pursue the International Leadership Certificate and submit the Application for Graduation at least 6 months prior to completion of final coursework.