Ethics and Leadership Concentration

Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Leadership

Our new certificate in Ethics and Leadership (EL) leverages the interdisciplinary strengths of the Master of Liberal Arts faculty to challenge assumptions about what leadership is, and what its relationship to ethics has looked like throughout history.

Ethics and Leadership: A Liberal Arts-Based Study of Leadership

The emergent crises of the 21st century-access to education in a knowledge-based economy, crime and violence, climate change, immigration and national identities-are at once profoundly global and local, and will require innovative approaches, collaboration, and above all, leadership. Our graduate certificate in Ethics and Leadership is intended for students who want to examine ethical theory and participate in a rigorous exploration of models of leadership. Innovation, disruption, and strategy have played an important part of our understanding of leadership in business. What qualities are associated with leadership in democracies? In civic and mission-based organizations? In movements? How does virtue interact with virtuosity in a liberal arts-based study of leadership?

Quick Facts

Application Deadlines

View the application requirements.


Autumn 2019

October 1 – December 14

September 20, 2019*

Winter 2020

January 6 – March 21

December 20, 2019*

Spring 2020

March 30 – June 13

March 15, 2020*

Curriculum at-a-Glance

Three Ethics and Leadership courses. Recent and upcoming courses include:

  • The Problem of Evil
  • The History of Ethics
  • Heritage: Law, Ethics, Policy
  • Models of Leadership
  • Debating Core Western Values

Graduate Course Credit and MLA Transfer Credit

  • Students earn one graduate course credit for each course completed
  • All credit is recorded on a University of Chicago transcript
  • Students may transfer up to three graduate course credits towards the MLA degree

For complete expectations on program expectations, university regulations, and student responsibilities, please visit the Student Handbook for Credit and Degree Programs.

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