Ethical Leadership and Change Management (Certificate)


The Graduate Certificate in Ethical Leadership and Change Management prepares leaders in for-profit businesses, non-profit agencies, and government entities to lead their organizations and communities. This five-course certificate emphasizes ethics and values, personal development, corporate responsibility and organizational change.

This certificate is offered by the College of Business Administration and the Psychology Department in the College of Liberal Arts & Education.

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    Admission Requirements

    Admission decisions are based on an undergraduate GPA, GMAT score (if needed), work experience, and other degrees.

    • A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form, with the application fee (waived for online applications);
    • Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
    • An official report with the scores earned on the GMAT (if needed);
    • A resume;
    • Letter of recommendation; and
    • Any other information which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

    Program Requirements

    The Graduate Certificate in Ethical Leadership and Change Management is a 15 credit-hour program.

    Required Courses

    • MBA 5210 Personal Development, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 credits)
    • MBA 5250 Teamwork and Shared Leadership: Enhancing the Creative Process in Organizations (3 credits)
    • MBA 5850 Organizational Change and Development (3 credits)
    • PYC 5730 Ethical Issues in the Workplace (3 credits)
    • PYC 5750 Leadership Models (3 credits)

    Foundation Courses

    • MBA 5140 Foundations of Management (3 credits)

    Students are required to show competence in management by taking MBA 5140, or an equivalent, or show prior academic preparation through their academic transcripts. Credit will be given for the course taken to fulfill this requirement but this credit will not count towards the certificate.


    Admission Status

    Guest Student Status

    Individuals currently enrolled in another AACSB accredited MBA program may obtain Guest Student Status at the University of Detroit Mercy for a limited number of courses by providing a statement of good standing from their school's dean or program director, or by applying for Guest Student Status using a Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate School form (MIGS). The MIGS application can be obtained in the Graduate Business Programs Office.


    Program Characteristics

    Several important aspects of the Graduate Certificate in Ethical Leadership and Change Management should be noted. These include policies regarding grade point averages, class scheduling, and advising.

    Cumulative Grade Point Average

    Students in the certificate program are required to achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for final completion of the program requirements.

    Academic Standing

    While an individual may be admitted into the certificate program on a regular-acceptance basis, it is possible that the individual's eventual cumulative GPA may fall below a 3.0 in any particular term. When this situation occurs, the student automatically is placed on "Academic Probation". This status dictates that the student's cumulative GPA must continue to improve in each consecutive term thereafter until the cumulative GPA reaches 3.0 and is then sustained at that level or higher. If, after being placed on Academic Probation, the student's cumulative GPA does not improve in each subsequent term, the student will be academically dismissed.

    Class Scheduling

    Classes are scheduled in the evening and on the weekend. Classes are currently offered on the McNichols Campus. Evening classes begin at 6:40 p.m., Monday through Thursday for Term I and Term II. Terms are 15 weeks in length. Each summer session is seven weeks in length. Summer I commences in early May. Summer II begins in late June.

    Full-Time and Part-Time Student Status

    An individual may undertake the certificate program on a part-time basis. Full-time student status usually involves a nine or above credit-hour course load in Terms I and II. Part-time student status usually entails a 1-8.5 credit hour load in Terms I and II.

    Residence and Time Requirements

    Students who have not completed their required certificate program within two years may be subject to re-evaluation and additional coursework. Students not enrolled for more than four consecutive terms will be required to re-apply for admission.

    International Students

    International students should consult with the International Services Office.


    The director of Graduate Business Programs serves as general academic advisor for all students entering the Graduate Certificate in Ethical Leadership and Change Management. When appropriate, specific advising matters may be referred to the advisor in a particular academic discipline.

    Student Responsibilities

    Students in the College of Business Administration are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements and procedures set forth by the College and University. Administrators, advisors, and faculty are available to assist students by explaining the various requirements and procedures for each program. However, the ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the student.


    Program Contact Information

    Graduate Admissions Counselor: Theresa Carson

    Director of Graduate Business Programs: Dr. Omid Sabbaghi

    Coordinator of Student Services: Carrol Parris