Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership

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Excel in the global business market with a Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership. Courses are taught by Lucas Graduate School of Business faculty in three eight-week sessions, on evenings and weekends.

Home to global corporations, tech companies, and startups, Silicon Valley, is a great place to develop the skills needed to work across cultures. In under a year, you can complete this certificate and begin to manage global businesses. You should have an established career and about 10 years of work experience.

Courses from this certificate can be transferred to the MBA program if later admitted. Course topics include Global Leadership and Innovation, Global Leadership Development, and Managing Across Cultures.

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*Fee listed will increase by 5% next Fall. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Program Benefits

Experience diversity

San José State is one of the most diverse universities in the country, and you will have the opportunity to work with different cultures just by being in the classroom.

Access to the Global Leadership Advancement Center

Enjoy global opportunities such as the Global Leadership Passport program, which offers cross-cultural courses and activities.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Advanced Global Leadership is not career specific. While some professionals are leveraging their skills as entrepreneurs, you have the opportunity to work in business for global Silicon Valley corporations like Google, Apple, and Cisco.

  • Global companies located in Silicon Valley have been making lists as the top companies to work for. Cisco has been listed as the #1 best company to work for by Fortune.com for 2021 and 2022, and Salesforce was listed as #4 for 2022.
  • Four different Silicon Valley companies were listed in the top 10 for Best Global Culture by comparably.com; Google, Concentrix, and RingCentral.

"The Advanced Global Leadership program at SJSU was instrumental in improving my global competencies, ability to make cultural perspective shifts, and develop a global mindset. The courses were the ideal setting to develop these skills through offering assessment instruments, case study work, group projects, and experiential exercises. Working in such a culturally diverse environment such as Silicon Valley and especially in the field of Human Resources, it is critical to adjust perspectives and frame situations appropriately to succeed interpersonally in the global workplace."

Melissa A. Maben, PHR, MBA
Human Resources Business Partner, San José Water Company

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