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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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 Strategic Data Analytics for Competitive Advantage


Electives (Pick 1, Required)

In person Any program not already taken from the Leading Teams/Managing Change or Technical Skills categories
In person Driving Innovation Through Inclusion​
In person Servant Leadership: Leading with Humanity​
Live Virtual Leading Mindfully​
Online Collaboration and Influence​
In person Unlocking Value of AI, Blockchain and Digital Assets​
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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.

What You'll Get

  • Your Benefit
    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.

  • Your Organization's Benefit

    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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Darden School Foundation.