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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Leadership

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The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Leadership, offered online with minimal on-campus residency, is a post-master’s certificate designed to enhance your leadership qualities through the application of values-based principles within your organization. This certificate is for those currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership or the Doctor of Strategic Leadership program at Regent.

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research in organizational leadership pertaining to your area of individualized study and present at academic conferences.
  • Analyze the impact of prevailing world social, cultural, religious and political conditions and trends on leadership theory and practice.
  • Learn how to positively impact global organizations and communities from a biblical perspective.
  • Review and apply best practices to meet the unique needs of your organization.
  • Write and publish leadership-related topics in popular press publications and applied journals.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

This certificate may help advance your career in corporate, not-for-profit and faith-based organizations by equipping you as an expert in your field.

Select 30 credit hours from the following DSL program courses:

Relationships between organizational strategy and design/structure in contexts of culture, communication, technology, and leadership cultures.

Strategic leaders’ future orientation as they assess emerging changes in an organization’s external environment, market diversities, competitive complexities, resource changes, socio-political shifts, and across technological discontinuities.

Reading and understanding the sacred texts of the Bible, foundational methodologies of applied biblical exegesis, and the use of simplified socio-rhetorical criticism.

Leadership process and the communication involved, enhancing students’ skills and fostering more effective and authentic collaboration. Interweaves current scholarship and trends with historical perspectives on leadership.

Strategic leadership as it explores the insights and tools of followers in effective partnership with leaders.

The history of leadership theory and research to understand the pattern of exploration and the future path of the study of leadership.

The role of personal and organizational values on the development of ethics and codes of conduct in multiple cultures around the globe.

The intersection between faith and ethics, the formation of ethical frameworks, and how faith, informed by religious principles and teachings, instructs ethics.

Fundamental principles and practices of managing and developing human resources from a senior leadership perspective. Consideration from biblical and theological perspectives.

Understanding of global issues and the significance of global leadership competencies. Prerequisites: LDSL 720, 721, 722, 723, 724, and 725.

Effective decision-making, using data, analysis, and systematic reasoning to improve efficiency, risk-management, and profits.

Principles of consulting that undergird effective organizational change. Examines the knowledge base of the consulting profession focusing on the relationship between theory and practice.

The roles of creativity and innovation in organizations as components for building vibrant transformational entities.

Salient and essential aspects of leadership development emphasizing the importance of finding the balance between personal, professional, community, spiritual and family priorities.

2020-21 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 14Monday, August 24
Session MFriday, September 11Monday, September 21
Session BFriday, October 16Monday, October 26
Session CTuesday, January 5Monday, January 11
Session TFriday, January 29Monday, February 8
Session DFriday, March 5Monday, March 15
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10
Session FFriday, June 11Monday, June 21

When applying to a Certificate of Graduate Studies (CAGS) program in the School of Business & Leadership, the admissions committee will review your application materials for an admissions decision. Criteria reviewed by the admissions committee include:

  • Academic achievement
  • Vision clarity and alignment with program outcomes
  • Writing quality
  • Leadership experience

Prerequisites:

Certificate of Graduate Studies applicants must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by a credential evaluating agency.
  • Submit all application materials such that they are received by the deadline for the semester to which they are applying. Once the application requirements have been fulfilled, an admissions interview may be requested. Interviews are by invitation only.

Application Process:

1. Complete Your Online Application

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

2. Pay Your $50 Application Fee

Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

3. Provide Your Unofficial College Transcripts

We require an official transcript indicating successful completion of a master’s degree program. Regent has partnered with DocuSign to offer a secure, electronic way for your previous college transcripts to be delivered on your behalf once you have registered for your first semester.

If you have an unofficial copy of your college transcripts, please email those to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SBL Certificate Application Pieces.

If you are an international student, or you earned college credit at non-US institutions, please submit your transcripts for a third-party course-by-course evaluation. Learn more and find recommended agencies.

4. Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

Please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objectives with our programs.

The admissions questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, our admission office will be able to upload this to your application file.

5. International Applicants

Submit your official transcripts to a third-party evaluation agency for course-by-course evaluation (only the evaluation is required, do not send official international transcripts directly to Regent University). Submit English Language Proficiency requirements. Visit the International Student Admissions page for details and a list of transcript evaluation agencies.


Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

CertificateTuition Cost Per Credit HourTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Certificate
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Leadership$99530$29,850
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Leadership$67515$10,125
Certificate of Post-Doctoral Studies in Organizational Leadership (CPDS)$99518$17,910

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$650
Enrollment Deposit$100
RU Library Course Fee$50
CertificateTuition Cost Per Credit HourTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Certificate
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Leadership$99530$29,850
Certificate of Graduate Studies in Leadership$67515$10,125
Certificate of Post-Doctoral Studies in Organizational Leadership (CPDS)$99518$17,910

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$600
Enrollment Deposit$100
RU Library Course Fee$50

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

“It was such a stretching experience to interact with people from the corporate world, small business and the military. My perspective on leadership practice is much richer and diverse.”

Harvey Herman, Ph.D., 2007 Strategic Leadership

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