Strategic Leadership - Curriculum 206 (DL)

Program Officer

Matt Geiser, CDR, USN
Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 219A
(831) 656-3953, DSN 756-3953 

Academic Associate

Nicholas Dew
Ingersoll Hall, Room 315
(831) 656-3622

Program Manager

Christina Hart
Code GB, Ingersoll Hall, Room 334
(831) 656-6269, DSN 756-6269

Brief Overview

Strategic thinking is central to military organizations, yet it can be very difficult. Completion of this certificate increases students’ ability to think strategically; to understand and analyze trends in the strategic environment; and to be influential, strategic leaders. Students will examine historical examples and best practices in organizations, obtain a better appreciation of senior leadership perspectives on organizational strategy, and improve their analytical and critical thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of competitors and their own organization.  As a result of improved strategic thinking, organizational analysis skills, and strategic communication competencies, students will be better prepared to develop productive strategies and lead their organizations toward greater performance.

Four-quarter certificate

This certificate requires the completion of four courses (at least 12 credits) that were not counted for another certificate.


The following courses are required:

  • MN3012 Communications Strategies for Effective Leadership

  • MN4105 Strategic Management OR

  • GE4016 Strategic Management

  • MN4474 Organizational Analysis OR

  • GE3010 Organizations as Systems and Structures


The following courses are elective. Students should take at least one of them:

  • GE3109 Ethics and Moral Development

  • MN3811 Innovation Adoption and Implementation