Program Overview:

The 15-credit hour post-baccalaureate State Government Leadership Excellence Certificate provides an educational opportunity for in-depth study and acquisition of key competencies required for effective leadership in a variety of organizations.  Distance learning technologies and intensive face-to-face seminar/courses will be used to minimize time away from work.

The State Government Leadership Excellence Certificate is designed to provide interdisciplinary leadership and management skills to selected state government managers. The program focuses on a series of graduate level courses that will be delivered by faculty from the University of South Dakota. The courses will be delivered face-to-face and online and will meet a series of desired competencies for state government managers, as outlined by the Bureau of Human Resources.

The five-course sequence is structured to support leadership development in key areas of the Governor's Leadership Competency Model (People, Taking Care of Business, Customer Care, and Allocating Resources).

Admission Requirements:

  • Enrollment is restricted to State of South Dakota government officials who have applied to and been approved for the certificate program through the state. For more information, please contact the Bureau of Human Resources by phone at 605-773-3148 or by e-mail at
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Required Courses (15 credit hours):

  • SPCM 587: Team Building and Group Decision Making
  • BADM 592: Special Topics: Leadership and Ethics
  • POLS 722: Budgetary and Fiscal Management
  • POLS 724: Organization and Management
  • POLS 592: Special Topics: Leadership Capstone

State Government Leadership Certificate Course Descriptions

For questions about the State Government Leadership Excellence Certificate, please contact USD Online and Distance Education at 605-658-6200 or by e-mail at