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

Deborah Gibbons, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Ingersoll Hall, Room 333

(831) 656-1842

Program Manager

Christina Hart, Ph.D.
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.


Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Program Length

Four quarters


  • Master the art and science of strategic thinking
  • Analyze organizational processes and overcome inertia
  • Learn high-impact communication skills
  • Analyze trends in the organizational environment and address challenges in the defense and public sectors

Four-quarter certificate

This certificate requires the completion of four courses (at least 12 credits) that were not counted for another certificate. Courses may be completed in any order.

Required Courses

The following courses are required:

MN4105 Strategic Management or GE4016 Strategic Management or GB4014 Strategic Management or MN4014 Competitive Strategy and Innovation

MN4474 Organizational Analysis or GE3010 Organizations as Systems and Structures or GB3010 Managing for Organizational Effectiveness or MN3010 Leading Innovative Organizations and People

Choose Two Elective Courses from the Following Options:

MN3012 Communications Strategies for Effective Leadership or GB3012 Communication for Managers

MN4510 (GB4510, GE4510) Strategic Resource Management

MN4017 High-performance Decision Practices

MN3118 Negotiation and Consensus Building

MN3400 (GB3400) Critical Thinking for Strategic Leadership

MN4012 (GB4012) Maneuver Warfare for the Mind: The Art and Science of Interdisciplinary Learning for Innovation and Warfighting Leaders

GE3109 Ethics and Moral Development