Mentoring and Leadership Graduate Certificate

The Mentoring and Leadership certificate is designed to provide students with opportunities to build strong mentoring and leadership skills while exploring what it takes to be a mentoring leader. The certificate offers courses in mentoring, leadership, communication skills, and more.

Why Combine Mentoring and Leadership?

In today’s fast-paced world, organizations need leaders who can mentor and remain resilient by fostering effective and productive teams. The goal of the Mentoring and Leadership certificate is to help students gain the skills needed to facilitate environments conducive to effective and efficient productivity, as well as employee growth and leadership. We look forward to you joining us for classes that will support you in your journey to actualize your own mentoring and leadership potential while learning how to support others.

Who Will Benefit from Completing the Program?

  • Employees, leaders, and mentors interested in developing or improving their mentoring, leadership, and teambuilding skills.
  • Employees seeking career advancement or transferable skills to maximize prospective employment opportunities.
  • Postdoctoral fellows preparing for entry into the workforce who want to stand out among their peers as the candidate with the most promise.
  • Current UAB employees, leaders, and mentors who are satisfied with their environment and wish to apply an institutional benefit that supports continued academic learning.

Course Details

Mentoring & Leadership courses focus on the needs of today’s mentors and leaders to develop and grow their skills in a variety of delivery formats. Courses, seminars, and workshops are available in face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats. The program is 15 credit hours taught at the 700 (doctoral) level. To complete the Pass/No Pass certificate and earn an accredited credential, students must complete 4 required courses and select 7 credit hours from the approved list of electives as denoted in the following table.

(total 15 credit hours: 8 required/core + 7 elective)

REQUIRED/CORE

Required Course Name Credit Hours Offered
GRD 713 Mentoring 101 Seminar 1 CH Fall: In-person
Spring: Online
Summer: Varies
GRD 735 Leadership 101 Seminar 1 CH Fall: In-person
Spring: Online
GRD 719 Intro to Mentoring & Leadership 3 CH Spring: Online
GRD 745 Communication & Diversity Leadership 3 CH Spring: Online

ELECTIVES: CHOOSE 7 CREDIT HOURS IN TOTAL

Elective Name Credit Hours Offered
GRD 701 Presentation & Discussion Skills 3 CH Fall: In-person
GRD 703 Resilient Leadership: Self and Others 2 CH Summer: Hybrid
GRD 706 Grants and Fellowships 101 (One day workshop) 1 CH Fall: In-person
GRD 707 Presenting Effectively (One day workshop) 1 CH Fall: In-person
GRD 708 Writing Successfully (One day workshop) 1 CH Spring: In-person
Summer: In-person
GRD 730 Developing and Maintaining Your Professional Image 3 CH Fall: Online
Summer: Online
GRD 733 Managing & Leading Teams (one-day workshop) 1 CH Spring: In-person
GRD 744 Leadership Survival Skills (one-day workshop) 1 CH Summer: In-person
GRD 746 Critical Decisions in Mentoring & Leadership 3 CH Various
GRD 745 Communication and Diversity Leadership 3 CH Fall: Online
GRD 746 Ethical Leadership Development 3 CH Spring: Online
GRD 749 Improvisational Techniques to Improve Leadership, Teaching, and Research Communication (One day workshop) 1 CH Summer: In person
GRD 772 Emotionally Intelligent Leadership 1 CH Spring: Hybrid

ONLY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING WRITING COURSES MAY BE USED AS AN ELECTIVE

Elective Name Credit Hours Offered
GRD 722 or Writing Research for Broad Audiences or 3 CH Spring: online
GRD 723 or Writing Research for Academic Audiences or 3 CH Summer: Online
GRD 727 or Writing and Reviewing Research or 3 CH Fall: In-Person
Spring: Online
Summer: Online
GRD 729 Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks 3 CH Fall: Online

If you have additional questions regarding the curriculum, please email Dr. Kellie Carter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Faculty & Contact

Dr. Kellie Carter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Course Requirements and Schedules

Any graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or UAB employee with a bachelor’s degree can enroll in this program. There are no prerequisites required. Some courses can simultaneously count toward the Mentoring and Leadership graduate certificate, other certificates and degree plans.

Application Checklist

  • Current UAB graduate students
  • New students
    • Request official copies of all your academic transcripts to be sent to UAB graduate admissions (more details in the application)
    • Complete the online application
    • Pay the application fee

You're Admitted - Next Steps

  • New students: Visit the New Students to UAB page.
  • Current students: Review the course requirements, choose your courses and get enrolled. If you are not sure which courses to take, reach out to Dr. Kellie Carter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Questions: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admissions requirements for Mentoring & Leadership?

All applicants must:

  1. Current student: complete the Intent to Pursue form
  2. New Students:
    • Submit official copies of all academic transcripts demonstrating that you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 minimum grade point average.
    • Complete and submit the UAB Graduate School Application.
    • GRE and MAT are not required to be admitted.

Is the Mentoring & Leadership graduate certificate a credential?

Yes, Although the Mentoring & Leadership graduate certificate is achieved by passing Pass/No Pass courses, it is an official credential that is tracked and awarded on the student’s official UAB transcript.

Can undergraduate students take Mentoring & Leadership courses?

No. Undergraduate students interested in studying leadership should contact Dr. Lisa Kerr regarding the LEAD graduate certificate program, which is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Do you have to be a Mentoring & Leadership student in order to take Mentoring & Leadership course?

No. You do not need to be admitted to the certificate in order to take Mentoring & Leadership courses. Anyone in the following groups may enroll in Mentoring & Leadership courses:

  • Non-degree Seeking, Post-Bac
  • Graduate Students
  • Post-Doctoral Fellows
  • Community members
  • UAB employees

*** Please note that if you are not a current degree-seeking student, you should apply as a non-degree student in order to take individual courses. If you want to earn the certificate, apply as a degree-seeking student and choose the Mentoring & Leadership certificate.

Can UAB employees use the tuition benefit to pay for Mentoring & Leadership courses?

Yes, current UAB employees may use their tuition benefits to take Mentoring & Leadership courses.