Enhance your educational experience at The Ohio State University by developing the critical leadership principles and proficiencies you will need to succeed after graduation. Participants of the Dean’s Leadership Academy (DLA) earn a Certificate in Leadership, which will appear on their academic transcript and stand out to potential employers.  

Through the DLA, you will develop essential leadership skills, hone your self-awareness and leadership effectiveness, gain real-world leadership experience and connect with a community of driven and inclusive leaders. All Ohio State undergraduate students* with a declared major and a cumulative GPA of 3.0+ are eligible to enroll. 


We know there is great pressure to build your leadership skills, experiences and knowledge during your undergraduate studies. Employers look to hire students who possess the following skills: teamwork (78% of employers), problem solving (77% of employers) and effective communication (75% of employers). By completing the DLA coursework, you will build these and many more.

Students in the Dean's Leadership Academy will:

>> Learn to manage projects, solve problems and deliver results
>> Cultivate a sense of principled leadership
>> Leverage leadership strengths to your full benefit
>> Learn to lead teams effectively through simulations, feedback, and project-based experiences
>> Communicate effectively and confidently with a variety of audiences
>> Earn a Certificate in Leadership that is formally noted on your academic transcript

Apply to the Dean's Leadership Academy

*Note: For students from other OSU colleges, the Leadership Certificate shows up on a transcript like a minor but does not constitute admission to Fisher College of Business. 


Students may begin the coursework and participate in other experiences supported by the DLA as early as their second semester on campus. The following courses are offered through the Dean’s Leadership Academy. To complete the certificate, students must take a minimum of 15 total credit hours of the courses below.

  • DLA Courses

    To complete the Certificate, you must complete five (5) of the courses listed below:


    1. MHR 2210: Personal Leadership and Team Effectiveness (3 credits)


    2. MHR 3211: Leadership and Character (3 credits)

    3. MHR 3220: Leadership Legacy (3 credits)

    4. MHR 4228: Organizational Coaching (3 credits)

    5. MHR 4235: Developing Leaders through Practical Exercises (3 credits)

    6. MHR 4236: Crucial Conversations (3 credits)

    7. MHR 4244: Negotiations (3 credits)


From Students

“In order to be a good leader, you have to really have to know yourself first before you can lead others. I really got in touch with my leadership styles and where my weaknesses are and I developed more of a game plan for how to address those weaknesses. My confidence as a leader has improved.”

Casey Miglin
Accounting major
Current Fisher student


“I didn’t realize how big this transformational experience was until I took feedback and it made me realize on how I’ve changed. I think I’ve been able to create a presence and have my voice heard in a way that effectively influences others.”

Batmandah Mangalam
Finance major
Current Fisher student


"I was an incredibly self-conscious individual and never saw myself as a leader. This program led me through the growth process of rising from self-doubt and acknowledging that I have the ability to lead. I now see myself as a leader with endless potential to grow as I begin my career."

Katie Waters,
Marketing Management Trainee, Unilever Future Leaders Program,
Fisher Graduate, Spring 2017


summer Dean's leadership academy

The 2020 Summer Dean's Leadership Academy is a compressed, 8-week summer experience which includes a hybrid approach that combines classroom work with online instruction, while requiring all participants a 20-hour/week professional experience. The leadership classes and internship are designed to complement one another, so that what you learn in the classroom can help you perform better in your job – making this program a crucial first step toward your future career. Applications for this accelerated version of the program will be accepted fall 2019. 

Please note that the 2019 cohort has been accepted.