The University Certificate in Agricultural Leadership is a 12-credit undergraduate program designed for individuals interested in advancing both their personal and organizational leadership skills. The program provides participants with the opportunity to develop leadership skills in a series of in-depth, semester-length courses that are programmatic in nature. Coursework includes topics covering personal leadership, team leadership, and organizational leadership as well as professional presentations. The certificate seeks to motivate present and future leaders to develop those leadership skills needed by colleges, universities and the agricultural industry.
Students enrolled at North Carolina State University who are in good academic standing are eligible for admission to this certificate program. In addition, non-degree students in good academic standing may enroll in the program. Students who have completed the minor in Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences are not eligible for the University Certificate in Agricultural Leadership.
This 12-credit undergraduate program includes four three-credit undergraduate courses. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $916 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $2,844 for North Carolina residents and $10,992 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.
Plan of Study
The University Certificate in Agricultural Leadership requires 12 undergraduate credit hours (four courses). Students pursuing only the university certificate program are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. NDS students may register for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. Thus, the certificate may take from two to four semesters to complete.
A minimum grade of “C-” is required for each course. Students who have completed the minor in Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences are not eligible for the University Certificate in Agricultural Leadership.
Leadership skills are in high demand in all sectors of the economy, including agricultural industries. Individuals with leadership skills are sought for both entry level and advancement up career ladders. While targeted toward students interested in careers in agriculture, the University Certificate in Agricultural Leadership is open to all. Offered both on campus and online via Online and Distance Education, the certificate program serves NC State campus students as well as community college students and adults employed in agriculture or other industries.