Certificate in Leadership
Dean's Leadership Academy

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Leaders inspire others, solve societal challenges, and create a positive culture where teams can thrive.

The Dean's Leadership Academy (DLA) is a 15-credit hour experience in which students develop essential leadership skills, hone their self-awareness and leadership effectiveness, gain real-world leadership experience and connect with a community of driven and inclusive leaders. Students who successfully complete the program will earn a Certificate in Leadership on their academic transcript upon graduation. 

Why enroll in the DLA?

  • Stand out to employers

    Earning a Certificate in Leadership from the DLA differentiates you from the crowd and helps you stand out during job or internship searches. DLA students have gone on to secure positions at Owens Corning, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, The Superior Group, Cigna, KeyBank, Amazon, Deloitte, Oracle, PolyOne, PNC, Cisco, JP Morgan Chase, EY, Grainger, and more.

  • Leaders are in demand

    Employers are actively recruiting students with leadership skills. Employers look to hire students who possess the teamwork (78% of employers), problem solving (77% of employers) and effective communication (75% of employers) skills.

  • Unique courses

    The DLA leverages experiential content to create a unique classroom experience. Unlike many other leadership courses at Ohio State, DLA classes routinely incorporate practical, project-based exercises to actively apply what you are learning.

Student Eligibility: All Ohio State undergraduate students* with a declared major and a cumulative GPA of 3.0+ are eligible to enroll. Students are eligible to enroll after their first semester.

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Required Courses

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The Student Experience


*For students from other Ohio State colleges, the Leadership Certificate shows up on your academic transcript, like a minor, but does not constitute admission to Max M. Fisher College of Business.