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Leadership and Well-Being (Graduate Certificate)

Successful leaders understand that the success and engagement of their employees is dependent upon their own personal engagement, health and happiness. Creighton University’s unique one-year graduate certificate program in Leadership and Well-Being can help you optimize your own well-being and that of others in your organization by prioritizing quality of life. This can generate meaningful, positive change, and spark a lasting impact on the health and contentment of individuals within your organization.

Employee well-being involves more than health and fitness. This online graduate certificate program takes a whole-person approach by examining factors such as financial health, stress, social and community needs, fatigue, mind and body awareness, nutrition, failure and resiliency, culture, and purpose. By the end of the program, you’ll gain an extensive knowledge of well-being principles and practices and learn how to apply them as a leader in your workplace setting.

“My job as a professor is to recognize that there is a work life balance going on for you as there is for me. The program isn’t easy—it’s rigorous—but it’s structured in a way that you can take your own pace.”

—Tom Lenz, PharmD | Professor and Program Director, Graduate School

Leadership coaching is most effective when practitioners model good behavior. That’s why when you earn your certification in leadership and well-being, you’ll also learn to build resilience and ensure that you’re practicing well-being techniques in your own life.

Study the intersection of leadership and well-being on your terms

All five courses within the leadership coaching certificate program are completed entirely online, allowing you to study whenever and wherever it makes sense for you. The credits can later be applied toward a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership or a Master of Science in Integrative Health and Wellness, should you decide to continue your education and pursue a master’s degree.

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Gretchen Oltman, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Graduate School

Gretchen Oltman, JD, PhD | Associate Professor and Program Director, Graduate School

“I learn from the other faculty I teach with every day. I'm just astounded at their intelligence and the amount of passion they bring to the classroom.”

Program Details

Program Goals and Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Well-Being is designed for those who want to develop their professional coaching and leadership skills in a way that prioritizes well-being.

To earn this certificate, you must complete 15 credits:

  • Stress and Sleep Management
  • Research Methods and Program Design
  • Wholism as a Guiding Principle for Leadership and Well-Being
  • Leadership and Well-Being
  • Failing, Failure and Resiliency


Our faculty within the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies come from backgrounds in business, health, education, law, and the arts and sciences. Together, their experiences and expertise provide graduate students with a robust interdisciplinary education.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Well-Being program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application
  • Include an updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • Provide an official transcript from the institution that granted the Bachelor’s degree. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Submit a personal statement of interest in the graduate certificate 

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International students are welcomed into this program so long as they complete it from their country of residence, as F-1 visas will not be issued. 

International applicants must:

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit our financial aid site for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Still have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The information below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an admissions advisor for personalized assistance.


Rolling admission: Once your application is submitted it will be reviewed and we'll work with you to get into the next available class. Classes begin in August, October, January, March, and May.

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