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Enhance your leadership skills by developing your ability to understand and apply the virtues needed in making vital business decisions. With our graduate certificate in Virtuous Leadership, you will be equipped to lead with character.

Achieve business success while remaining ethical and being a force for goodness with this 9-credit, 3-course graduate certificate program. Provided in partnership with the Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute (HVLI), you will gain the foundational understanding of virtue needed to reach your professional goals.

Take the First Step
Get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

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Program Length

9 credits/3 courses/15 weeks


  • Online

Scholarship & Aid

In keeping with our commitment to supporting working adults seeking further education, we offer each eligible candidate up to $3,000 in scholarships.

Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Managers who want to improve workplace culture and efficiencies through ethical leadership
  • Business leaders who want to use ethical principles to improve an organization's brand
  • Professionals who want to take a step toward earning an MBA, MS in Business, or Master of Project Management (MPM) with a Virtuous Leadership specialization

Career Paths

  • C-Suite Executive
  • Vice President
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Entrepreneur

What You’ll Learn

  • The history of the human quest for happiness.
  • Cultural expressions of the quest for happiness through the ages.
  • Principles of virtuous leadership.
  • Business and Catholic teachings on workplace diversity and discrimination, workplace conditions, privacy, wages, the use of technology, environmental concerns, and corporate social responsibility.
  • Elevate Your Skillset

    Once you’ve completed your certificate in virtuous leadership, you can then stack your earned credits into an online master’s degree in business administration (MBA) or apply them toward a Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) or Project Management (MPM).

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL)

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

We welcome students from various backgrounds, including transfer students from regionally accredited colleges and universities and those with military or career and work experience. 

How do I show my previous college, military, or work experience?

  • Official transcripts (if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

    • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
      • Have your transcripts sent to:
        Office of Admissions
        University of Mary
        7500 University Drive
        Bismarck, ND 58504
      • Or request to send electronic transcripts to
  • Students with previous career or work experience can earn credits for prior learning.
    • You can choose to test for prior learning credits — we convert your test scores into college credit.
    • You can request a portfolio review for prior learning credits. You’ll assemble documentation to show your experience, which will be reviewed and evaluated by an experienced faculty member.
  • Military experience can count towards a degree.
  • All of our programs require you to fill out the general application form in addition to submitting the application fee and your transcripts.
  • Any program-specific requirements you’ll need to submit in addition to the items listed above can be found in our catalog.

At the University of Mary, we review every application on an individual basis, ensuring that the materials you submit are evaluated with care and attention. Reach out to us if you have any questions in filling out your application.

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