Management Development Certificate

Management Development Certificate

Darden's noncredit certificate for rising leaders boosts core leadership and technical skills to prepare professionals for increasing management responsibilities.

For professionals with 1-5 years in their current role or industry, you can earn this noncredit certificate by completing a selection of three programs from our certificate track outlined below. It includes one program each from:

  • Team leadership/change management category
  • Technical skills category
  • An elective

While similar in length and proximity to business practice, programs vary by topic to provide a well-rounded curriculum for advancing high-potential managers.

Not sure which programs from our track selections will best fit your needs? Our Lifelong Learning team is here for you — to help you evaluate and compare programs, and build the best learning journey to meet your goals.

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Why Darden

  1. Experiential Learning Approach: Immersive activities simulate modern business pressures to help you develop an influential voice while fostering confidence.

  2. World-Renowned Faculty: Learn from top-rated experts with real-world business experience.

  3. Grow Your Network: Join the Darden community and build relationships that will last a lifetime.

  4. Apply Learnings Tomorrow: Develop the practical skills every leader needs to advance their career or organization.

  5. Advance Individuals & Organizations: Credentials and flexible options to promote high-potential managers, encourage talent retention and drive consistent growth.

Certificate Track


Live Virtual Live Virtual Online Self-Paced Online In person In-Person


Leading Teams/Managing Change (Pick 1, Required)

In person Managing Individual and Organizational Change
In person Leading Teams for Growth and Change
In person Women in Leadership Program


Technical Skills (Pick 1, Required)

In person Financial Management for Non-Financial Executives
In person Strategic Negotiation​
In person AI-Powered Data Analytics


Electives (Pick 1, Required)

In person Any program not already taken from the Leading Teams/Managing Change or Technical Skills categories
In person Servant Leadership: Leading with Humanity​
Live Virtual Leading Mindfully​
Online Collaboration and Influence​
In person Driving Ethical Innovation in the Age of AI​
In person Responsible Business for Corporate Boards

What You'll Get

  • Impact & Outcomes

    Upon completing this certificate, you'll be able to:

    • Lead efficient, effective and flexible teams.
    • Navigate disruption and manage change to drive growth.
    • Manage conflict, negotiate to maximize value and engage more effectively with teammates.
    • Build trust, align purpose and foster resilience.
    • Leverage financial data to make smarter business decisions.
    • Extract value from data analytics to reduce risk and increase confidence in decision making.
  • Career Benefits
    Management Development Certificate

    Whether you're growing in your role, changing careers or moving from a functional expert to a team manager role, this certificate will provide foundational leadership capabilities and technical skills to help you stand out and step up as a leader in your organization. Learning alongside peers from across industries and Darden's top-ranked faculty with real-world business experience, you'll gain the confidence and supportive network to help you soar in your career.

  • Organizational Benefits

    For future-looking employers and employees, this certificate establishes a talent development standard to support and promote high-potential managers, encouraging talent retention to drive consistent growth of your leaders and your organization. By investing in a few weeks of development, employees return with new tools and perspectives to take on greater responsibility within their current role and ready to lead more broadly across a team.

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Financing Your Development

Investing in your own or your rising leaders' development is key to advancing careers and organizations. Review our Financing Your Professional Development blog post for tips on how to request and gain support from your employer, as well as group and regional discounts that may apply to you and your organization. The professional development benefit offered by many organizations can go a long way towards earning the Management Development Certificate.

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