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Leadership Certificate


Earn a Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership

Our Mission: Develop values-based, impact-driven leaders

The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) is an innovative, ever-evolving certificate program that combines coursework with real-world experience to sharpen the next generation of leaders that stand out distinctly because of their unwavering commitment to make values-based, impact-driven decisions.

The leadership certificate is completed in one or two years (Fellows or Scholars, respectively). Both programs follow a model to first learn, then reflect and ultimately practice—as all students apply their learnings through a final service-learning project, working with nonprofits and underserved communities.

Leonard Leadership Scholars

NOTE: This two-year program is offered only to Terry College students.

With an emphasis on values-based leadership, Leonard Leadership Scholars acquire the tools necessary to contribute to their organizations and communities while serving as a model for others to follow.

Learn More about the Scholars Program 

Leadership Fellows

NOTE: This yearlong program is offered to UGA students of all majors.

Leadership Fellows focus on leadership development courses and activities that enhance their understanding and application of leadership principles and prepare them for success in their organizations and communities.

Learn More about the Fellows Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What program should I apply to if I am a third-year student?
The answer depends on how much time you have left to complete your undergraduate degree. You must have at least two semesters after acceptance to complete the Fellows program and at least two years after acceptance to complete the Scholars program.

Can I study abroad while in this leadership program?
Leonard Leadership Scholars complete three consecutive semesters of course work and thus, study abroad is only possible in the summer. Leadership Fellows have the flexibility to study abroad any semester except the semester they are admitted. Studying abroad in the middle of the program will require students to change cohorts.

Is there a fee for these programs?
No, the program is privately funded and available at no additional cost to students.

Does ILA provide summer internships?
On occasion, ILA hires a student worker for part-time summer work, but we do not have a formal internship program. ILA can help you prepare for an internship search and network with hiring managers.

How do the mandatory ILAD courses count toward my degree requirements?
ILAD courses count as business electives or as institutional option electives. (Be sure to check with your department advisor for specific application of these courses to elective requirements.)

Are there any prerequisites for ILAD courses?
The only prerequisite is acceptance into an ILA program.

Can I receive Honors credit for the mandatory ILAD courses?
Yes, Honors students enrolled in ILAD 4100 and 5100S receive Honors Program credit. Honors credit is not awarded for ILAD 5000, 5000S, or 5010S.

What are the expectations of ILA programs?
The Leonard Leadership Scholars program’s expectations include nine hours of ILA-specific coursework (in addition to seven hours of approved electives), attendance at orientation, a team-building challenge course, a weekend class retreat and at least two other extracurricular events per semester, as well as the completion of a 12-month service-learning project.

Fellows program expectations include seven hours of ILA-specific coursework (in addition to nine hours of approved electives), attendance at orientation, a team-building challenge course and at least two other extracurricular events per semester, as well as the completion of a 12-month service-learning project.

Do I need to apply to the Leonard Leadership Scholars program separate from the Fellows program?
During the August-September admissions cycle, we only accept applications for the Fellows program.

During the December-January admission cycle, if you are a Terry student, you may apply to both the Fellows and Scholars programs. You will ultimately be accepted to only one program.

Do my professional references need to provide a letter of recommendation? 
No, references do not need to complete a formal letter of recommendation. However, we may contact them if we have specific questions.

When will I hear if I got accepted into the program? 
Spring-Fellows who apply in September will hear by mid-October. Fall-Fellows and Scholars who apply in January will hear in mid-March. 

Do I have to attend the information session to apply?
No. We encourage you to attend if you have questions about the certificate program. 

Can I apply again if I am not accepted?
Yes, students are encouraged to apply again if they have enough semesters remaining to complete the program.