Governance Leadership Institute Certificate

Through the UTSA Executive Education Leadership Institute, participants develop and enhance core skills that are fundamental to organizational success. Our certificate programs provide professional development, practical experience, and tools to help participants improve organizational effectiveness.

Program Overview

Many of today’s aspiring leaders have a lack of formal training in fundamental managerial and leadership skills. A recent study reported that less than 50% of the participating managers received any management or leadership development. Mentorship or formal sponsorship opportunities are also often not available, and this is even more true for minority populations. The Center for Professional Excellence (CPE), at UTSA’s College of Business, is addressing this need by offering a Leadership Institute Certificate in Governance.

Our Governance track is built around nine core courses in leadership, strategy, and professional development. In addition to the core courses, three customized courses on governance are led by faculty expert Michael L. McDonald, Ph.D.. Participants will both develop and hone governance skills that are fundamental to top management success. Targeted professional development and dedicated mentorship will also help participants bridge the gap between the c-suite and governance positions they desire.

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Program Details

Our unique approach will help participants pursue career excellence within their organization, as well as corporate board positions supporting community organizations. The governance track of our Leadership Institute Certificate will help participants strengthen leadership and communication skills, explore their personal strengths and weaknesses, develop foundational knowledge of the corporate governance structure, and engage in mentorship opportunities with leaders from the local business community.

  • Course Duration: 12 months, one 3.5-hour course every month
  • Registration: Participants may register to start the program in either January, April or October
  • Course Time: 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Course Dates:
    • January: Third Thursday of the month
    • February to June: First Thursday of each month
    • July to September: First Wednesday of each month
    • October to December: First Thursday of each month

We offer a discounted rate to support and make training accessible to not-for-profit organizations and small businesses; group discounts are also available. Contact us at for discount codes. Payment plans are available upon request.

What is a Leadership Institute Certificate?

Offered through the Center for Professional Excellence in UTSA’s College of Business, a Leadership Institute Certificate is an opportunity to enhance your business acumen and knowledge of important and relevant professional topics. Taught by award-winning faculty from UTSA and seasoned experts, certificate participants can expect:

  • A balance of theory and applied-focus classes
  • Practical tools designed to specifically address big data issues and opportunities
  • A personal executive coaching experience
    • Four individual assessments
    • Private coaching sessions
    • Secure online platform with a personal coaching page
  • Four Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The cost of your certificate program includes: