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Professional Leadership and Service

Associate Degree, Certificate
professional leadership
Refine the sought-after skills to take the lead.
Did you serve a mission for the Church? This certificate helps you develop the leadership and service skills acquired as a full-time missionary so you can apply them to professional settings. You'll refine the interpersonal tools used during your mission to add value for hiring employers seeking professionals with the ability to evaluate risks and benefits under pressure before acting decisively.

*This certificate is available to any Latter-day Saint returned missionary who served at least 9 months and received an honorable release. 

Job Outlook

  • 9%

    Projected growth in social and community service management occupations from 2022 to 2032.

  • Market Snapshot:


    Leadership jobs available in the U.S. as of January 2024.

  • 74K

    National average salary for social and community service managers as of May 2022.

Program Overview

This certificate is available to any Latter-day Saint returned missionary who served at least 9 months and received an honorable release. 

Here's how it works:

  1. Analyze your prior leadership and service skills regarding the knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired during missionary service and apply them to a business setting.
  2. Demonstrate prior learning by developing a professional portfolio to petition for academic credit for prior learning obtained outside of the classroom.
  3. Enroll in 2 courses (6 credits) to further refine your public relations and customer service skills for the marketplace.

This certificate is part of the Business Management program and can be combined with an AS, AAS, or BAS degree.

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Professional Leadership and Service is available as a stand-alone certificate, or you can add general education courses to receive a fully transferable associate of science (AS) degree.

Learn more about the AS degree here.

The Professional Leadership and Service certificate will equip you with a robust foundation in effective leadership strategies and service-oriented practices. These skills can be applied to a variety of fields and jobs, including:

  • Entry-level management and team leadership
  • Entry-level human resources and project management
  • Fostering a culture of service excellence
  • Developing and implementing leadership development programs
  • Enhancing organizational effectiveness through leadership initiatives

This certificate prepares you to lead with integrity, inspire teams, and drive positive change across diverse sectors and industries.

Upon completion of this certificate, you'll be able to:

  • Validate marketable skills developed as a missionary
  • Communicate marketable skills to improve employment opportunities
  • Develop additional leadership and service skills by building on skills developed as a missionary

    Some of the leadership skills you'll develop include ethics, problem solving, organization, time management, patience, client management and initiative.

    You’ll also leave here with the skills to communicate effectively, articulate your career preparation confidently, and collaborate with others meaningfully. And in all things, we’ll help you work toward becoming a capable and trusted disciple of Jesus Christ. So whatever you do, you’ll be prepared to be the best you possible.

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"As we lose ourselves in the service of others we discover our own lives and our own happiness.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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