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Leadership & Management Courses and Certificates

Explore courses offering professional development, exam preparation, and recertification for both nonprofit and corporate professionals. Select a course below to learn more.

Advanced Decision Analytics Certificate

Online | Certificate

Gain critical knowledge, skills, and tools for using analytics to lower costs, reduce lead-times, increase efficiencies, and optimize resources. Designed for professionals or managers in manufacturing or operations-based businesses; high-volume healthcare systems; refineries and chemical processing plants; oilfield services; and logistics, supply chain, or scheduling, this certificate program includes three supply chain analytics courses and two advanced decision analytics courses.

Agile Project Management

Online | Course

The course will cover many approaches to Agile including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP), and hybrid approaches. Course content also includes an introduction and hands-on training on agile tools and techniques including but not limited to agile communications, planning, monitoring, and adapting.

Art and Practice of Influencing Without Authority

Online | Course

Learn how to lead through activity rather than authority, utilizing Harvard Kennedy School’s Adaptive Leadership framework.

Career Resiliency Group Coaching

Online | Course

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shift the employment landscape, it’s more important than ever to strengthen your resiliency skills to adapt in your career. Whether you’re looking to re-enter the workforce or to revitalize a stagnant career and advance in a time of widespread freezes on hiring, promotion, and pay raises, this course will take you on a three-month journey to reflect, redefine, and take ownership of what matters most. Through a series of 90-minute group coaching sessions, each with a maximum of 10 participants, you will use SMART goals and accountability practices to drive practical, real-world results for the future you want to lead.

Conflict Management

Online | Course

Effective conflict management skills are essential for every leader and emerging leader. Master the ability to step up to conflict and transform it into opportunity with our online Conflict Management course. Throughout two interactive sessions, you’ll learn how to diffuse high-tension situations effectively, discover your conflict management style and default habits, uncover your triggers and hot buttons, identify strategies to constructively manage workplace conflict, and much more. This program can be easily tailored to a customized training workshop.

Fundamentals of Business and Innovation

Online | Certificate

Gain the tools and skills necessary to successfully launch a new venture or grow an existing business. Designed for small-business owners, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and individuals looking to work in new-venture settings, this program brings together the fundamentals of business and innovation for the purpose of starting or growing a business, product, or project. Topics include successful business models, financial management, digital literacy, marketing communication, and sustainability. The program culminates with a final pitch day where you present your own plan. For anyone who wants to create or grow a venture but lacks the background skills to turn their idea into a reality, this certificate is an ideal alternative to a long and expensive degree.

Fundamentals of Project Management

Online | Course

Gain the project management principles and techniques needed to take a project from concept to completion.

Leading Engineering Project Teams

Online | Certificate

Expand your skill set as you prepare to advance into leadership and management roles with this 12-week certificate program for engineers. Participants develop the essential skills required to lead teams and projects in engineering organizations, including effective project management, leadership, and communication abilities in order to clearly deliver complex ideas and technical project plans. This program is offered via a collaboration between the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) at the George R. Brown School of Engineering.

Leading Self, Teams and Systems

Online | Certificate

Complete three courses to earn a leadership certificate that takes a holistic approach to lifelong leadership. Learn how to mobilize and engage your self, team and systems to produce positive change within your organization.

Leadership in Action Certificate

Online | Certificate

Designed for first-time executive directors, work with expert practitioners and use real-life examples from your day-to-day work to explore the principles of effective nonprofit management. Bring your organization’s unique challenges and opportunities to class to create tools and resources that will improve programs, strengthen the board and increase financial sustainability.

Leadership Principles Certificate

Online | Certificate

Designed for those aspiring to leadership roles, this certificate program will provide you with cutting-edge leadership and management concepts as well as tools and resources for everyday practice. You’ll acquire competencies including managing complexity, building high-performing teams, and leading through change. Upon successful completion, you’ll be prepared to implement a wide range of skills making you more effective in your current role and ready for the next step in your career.

Leading Self: Your DiSC Leadership Style

Online | Course

Discover your DiSC™ profile and how it influences your communication and work styles, then learn how to capitalize on your strengths to become a more effective leader.

Leading Teams: High Performing Teams

Online | Course

Learn the two dimensions of high performing teams and the competencies that contribute to them through interactive activities, and discover how to diagnose and address challenges and leverage team strengths.

Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) Certificate

Online | Certificate

Build and elevate your leadership skills in this 10-month certificate program. Curriculum includes nine content modules, two electives, two leadership coaching sessions, and a practicum project.

Managing a Development Team

Online | Course

Designed for managers of development teams, learn how to think differently to succeed in helping your staff reach its full potential.

Physician Leadership Certificate

In-Person (Houston Campus)* | Seminar

This six-day, fully immersive seminar, offered in partnership with Pariveda Solutions Inc., helps physicians in leadership roles find solid, specific solutions to some of their most pressing work-related problems. Through a series of didactic lectures, small-group discussions, and consultation sessions, participants will explore the psychological tasks of leadership and management and learn how to effectively apply that knowledge in clinical practice. This program has been approved through the Advanced Health Education Center for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, and tuition includes hotel and meal costs.

*The Glasscock School is monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will follow the Rice Crisis Management Team (CMT) advice and protocols.

Project Management Professional Exam Prep

Online | Certificate

This one-course certificate provides a highly sought-after credential and demonstrates proficiency in industry best practices. Course completion also meets the 35-hour project management education prerequisite for required for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.

Strategic Project Management

On-demand (Online) | Course

Advance your project management skills by taking a strategic approach to achieving business goals. Gain practical tools to become a stronger leader and maximize your organizational value.

Supply Chain Analytics Certificate

Online | Certificate

Gain exposure to some of the most fundamental concepts in the field of supply chain analytics. This certificate program consists of three supply chain analytics courses—Prescriptive Analytics, Supply Chain Analytics, and Inventory Management—and is designed for professionals or managers in manufacturing or operations-based businesses; high-volume healthcare systems; refineries and chemical processing plants; oilfield services; and logistics, supply chain, or scheduling.

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