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Graduate Certificates | Business Leadership

Online Certificate in Business Leadership

The University of Mississippi’s online Certificate in Business Leadership blends your passion with competencies in business planning, organizational behavior theory, and analytics. This combination fuels your drive to help an organization achieve specific goals, enhance collaboration across teams, uncover new opportunities, and make more strategic decisions. This certificate is ideal for candidates in middle management roles that are seeking to advance into leadership positions where they can influence results and improve organizational operations.

The result boosts your career trajectory and helps you look ahead to the next step. Students completing this certificate later have the option to apply credits towards earning a Master of Business Administration from one of the top 10 online MBA programs.

About the Certificate in Business Leadership

Across industries, leaders shape decisions, create structure from the top down, open communication pathways, and give an organization direction.

The Certificate in Business Leadership elevates your existing skill set and equips you with a credential that helps you access the next level of professional success. Students earning their certificate choose from a list of online MBA courses to refine their knowledge of or be introduced to organizational leadership, business planning, organizational systems, management theories, and analytical techniques.

This structure:

  • Builds a foundation for more effective strategic leadership
  • Equips you to respond to challenging, dynamic situations
  • Serves as a springboard for your professional development
  • Transforms you into a stronger problem-solver and decision-maker
  • Harnesses your inquisitiveness to drive organization-level results
  • Helps you discover your own leadership style
  • Advances your understanding of organizational communication and collaboration
  • Enriches your existing skill set with a more nuanced view of leadership and management theories
  • Applies multiple industries and across organization types


We understand that cost is always an important factor in graduate program selection. Ole Miss Online charges one flat tuition rate for business courses regardless of state or country of residence. There is also a per-credit-hour technology fee in addition to tuition.

We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date tuition estimates. Please contact mba@bus.olemiss.edu so that we can assist you.


The United States job market expects to see a surge of management roles between 2021 and 2031, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These opportunities span multiple industries and positions, including:

  • Administrative services and facilities managers
  • Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers
  • Compensation and benefits managers
  • Human resources managers
  • Public relations and fundraising managers
  • Sales managers
  • Training and development managers

Transition to the Online MBA Program

The Certificate in Business Leadership creates a stepping stone. Students who successfully complete the program have the option of applying certificate courses toward a full Online MBA degree.

While the Certificate in Business Leadership equips you with a credential to achieve your short-term goals, an MBA remains the gold standard in terms of entering higher levels of management. Learn more about the Ole Miss Online MBA.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, students must complete the certificate with an overall GPA of 3.25 for the 12 hours of certificate coursework or submit a GMAT score of 500 (or equivalent GRE).

Energize Your Career with an Online Certificate in Business Leadership

Chart your path ahead—be it toward more responsibilities or an MBA. To learn more about the Ole Miss Certificate in Business Leadership, please contact the MBA Office through email at mba@bus.olemiss.edu or by phone (662)915-5483.