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:


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


    1. MHR 3211: Leadership and Character (3 credits)
    2. MHR 3220: Leadership Legacy (3 credits)
    3. MHR 4228: Organizational Coaching (3 credits)
    4. MHR 4235: Developing Leaders through Practical Exercises (3 credits)
    5. MHR 4236: Crucial Conversations (3 credits)
    6. 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, DLA graduate


SDLA Graduate

"A great leader is someone who is able to create a sense of safety, develop a vision, and translate it into reality. Being a part of the Dean’s Leadership Academy has taught me that leadership is not only about managing others but also inspiring people around you to move forward."

Hariz Faesol 
Economics major
Current Fisher student, DLA graduate



“The SDLA was a wonderful, unprecedented opportunity to develop primarily as an individual and then as a leader. In a brief amount of time, I developed more as a person, student, and professional than I could imagine.”

Joshua Wiseley
Business Honors Learning Community
Current Fisher student, DLA graduate


DLA graduate

“The DLA showed me that anyone has the ability to become a great leader. You don’t have to change yourself to fit into a mold, you just need to find out who you are and run with it.” 

Jada Washington,
Dean's Leadership Academy Graduate 


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.