Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership

Program Overview
Admission Requirements
Program Cost
Registration Information
Registration Instructions
Contact Information

Program Overview:

The Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership is designed for working professionals and graduate students from all disciplines who want to prepare themselves and their organizations to excel in today’s competitive global environment. Students in the program tend to have 10-15 years of professional work experience.

The three-course (9 semester units total), graduate-level program is taught by innovative Lucas School of Business master teachers with diverse global backgrounds and select guest lecturers. Together, they ensure the right mix of theory and practice. You will learn to work more effectively across cultural and organizational boundaries and to develop crucial global leadership competencies in yourself and your organization.

Required courses are held evenings and Saturdays at the Lucas Business Complex, a convenient Silicon Valley location in Santa Clara, California or via web conferencing for those who live outside the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Courses are delivered in intensive eight-week sessions and may be taken in any order:

To earn the certificate, all three courses must be completed at SJSU with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 (B), with no course grade less than a C  (A grade of C- grade in any course is considered failing). 

You must complete all three courses at SJSU to earn the Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership.

For students interested in pursuing an MBA program offered by the Lucas Graduate School of Business, SJSU allows a transfer of up to 12 units for courses completed in the certificate or eligible graduate courses taken at another institution. 

The completion of the certificate or any of its individual courses does not guarantee admission to the MBA program or eligibility to enroll in graduate courses outside of the certificate.

Please note: San Jose State University cannot issue an I-20 to secure an F-1 visa to enter or remain in the United States to enroll in the courses in person.
Under these circumstances applicants should plan to complete the Certificate 100% online from his/her location outside of the United States.

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Admission Requirements:

Educated Within the United States

You must have completed a four-year bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in the United States.

Your GPA should be 2.75 or better (on a 4.0 scale). There is no conditional admission to the certificate program.

Educated Outside the United States

If you earned your degree from a higher education institution outside the United States, you must take an English-language proficiency exam. You must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a recognized institution if you earned your degree outside the United States. SJSU does not accept classes taught in English as a substitute for an English-language proficiency exam.

The Certificate in Global Leadership requires a minimum score of:

 TOEFL (internet-based): 80, or

IELTS: 7.0, or

Pearson’s Test of English (PTE): 68

Letters from applicants or institutions will NOT be accepted. 

SJSU will consider waiving this requirement if you:  

  • Received a bachelor's or master’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution
  • Received a bachelor's or master’s degree from an accredited institution for which English is the official and primary language of that country
  • Completed three years of full time coursework in an accredited U.S. institution

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Program Cost:

  • $2,550 for each three-unit course
  • $7,650 total cost

The above costs do not include books, supplies, etc. Tuition fees are subject to change.

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Registration Information:

If you are currently an MBA student at SJSU, you may register for your classes through MySJSU as an MBA elective.

For non-SJSU students interested in the certificate, or taking any courses that are a part of the certificate, please review the following:

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Pre-Enrollment Instructions*:

1. View the upcoming schedule.

2. Submit the Pre-Screening Form as early as possible.

3. We will evaluate your form and notify you of the results.

If you are notified that you are eligible, please continue to Registration Instructions (below).

You must submit appropriate documentation to verify that you have met the requirements of the program. An unofficial transcript showing your degree and final GPA is required prior to enrolling in your first class. Upload your transcript via the pre-screening form or email it to catherine.dougherty@sjsu.edu

*You only need to complete the pre-screening process once, but will be required to submit the registration form prior to each class.

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Registration Instructions:

Educated within the United States

1. Complete the Registration Form (pdf) for each term. If you take two classes during the term, you do not need to register for both at the same time.

As soon as you register, your fees will be due in 21 days. If you would like to register for the later class at a later time, that is fine. Just submit the form again prior to the next class.

Please scan or take a picture of the form and email it to catherine.dougherty@sjsu.edu at least one week prior to the beginning of the class you wish to take. This is a standardized form that is processed by a different SJSU office. Therefore, you may notice that the form repeats many of the questions you were asked during pre-screening. We apologize for the repetitive steps and appreciate your cooperation.

2. The Lucas Graduate School of Business will screen your form and forward it to the Registrar's Office.

3. You will be notified by email when you are officially registered in the course. We will give you your SJSU ID number, as well as the due date for your tuition fees.

4. Pay the tuition fee, which runs $2,550 per three-unit class. See the Registration Form for payment methods.

5. If you have any questions, please contact the program director.

Educated Outside of the United States

If you were educated outside the United States, you must apply for the Advanced Global Leadership Certificate through calstate.edu/apply. Based on your background, you may be required to take an English-language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE). Your application to begin classes in the fall semester must be submitted by June 1, and your application to begin classes in the spring semester must be submitted by November 1. After your application is approved, you will receive instructions for registration.

If you have questions, please contact Program Director Dr. Joyce Osland at joyce.osland@sjsu.edu. Please specify "Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership" in the subject line.

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Upcoming Schedule:

Fall 2019

Course: BUS 262A Global Leadership and Innovation
Instructor: J. Osland

  • Thursdays10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5 at Lucas Business Complex, Santa Clara 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Fridays10/18, 11/8 at Lucas Business Complex, Santa Clara 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11/2 at Lucas Business Complex, Santa Clara 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Class Number: 49967
Units: 3
Cost*: $2,550

Spring 2020

Course: BUS 262B Global Leadership Development
Instructor: J. Osland
Dates: Online: 1/21- 3/14
Class Number: 29796 
Units: 3
Cost*: $2,550

Course: BUS 268 Managing Across Cultures
Instructor: P. Wells

  • Wednesdays: 3/18, 3/25, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13 at Lucas Business Complex, Santa Clara 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturdays: TBD

Class Number: 29799
Units: 3
Cost*: $2,550

*Fees are subject to change.

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Contact Information:

Dr. Joyce Osland
Program Director, Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership
Lucas Graduate School of Business
Email: joyce.osland@sjsu.edu
Please specify "Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership" in the subject line.

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