Leadership and Diplomacy

Certificate of Proficiency


The Leadership and Diplomacy Certificate of Proficiency aims to increase student awareness, knowledge, and skills that will make them more effective leaders, communicators, negotiators, and problem solvers in their respective careers and communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Real World Application

This interdisciplinary certificate program is open to all majors although all students in the program must choose between a domestic or an international/global track of study. The dual tracks aim to ensure that all students in the program graduate with key communication skills as well as a developed understanding of government and governmental processes, either at the national/local or the international/global level. This foundation will help students exert leadership in a variety of professions, including:

  • Public Administration 
  • Government/Government Relations/Policy Making 
  • Negotiation/Mediation
  • Law
  • Diplomacy/Foreign Service
  • Policy Analysis (all issue areas)
  • International Governmental Organizations
  • Nonprofit/Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Communications/Global Communications
  • Journalism
  • Development
  • Education
  • Business
  • Consulting  


Program Highlights

Leadership Project

The program aims to educate students in the multidimensional aspects and avenues of leadership, and encourages students to become actively involved in their university and broader communities. As part of this, all students in the program are required to participate in a seminar on public policy and community leadership.

Real Experience

As a capstone, all students in this program must complete either a domestic or international internship, offered through and or working with USU’s Institute of Government and Politics (IOGP) or Global Engagement Office (GEO).



Program Advisor

Shannon Peterson

Shannon Peterson

Professional Practice Associate Professor, IOGP Director of Global Programming

David B. Haight Center Room 202

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Utah State University offers many options for financial aid, including university level scholarships and aid available to specific colleges and majors.