Certificate of Servant Leadership

program overview

The Servant Leadership Certificate presents the principles of servant leadership to working professionals to advance their careers and live out God’s mission in their workplace. As the hallmark business micro credential offered through Carson-Newman’s College of Professional Studies, this 15-credit hour undergraduate certificate is designed to impart skills that are highly transferrable in a variety of fields.

If you are looking to move into a leadership position at any level or simply want to enhance your leadership skills, the Servant Leadership certification is designed for you by offering the following courses:

  • Foundations of Servant Leadership
  • Introduction to Christian Business
  • Business and Professional Communication
  • One of the following
    • Essentials of Management and Leadership
    • Human Resources Management
    • Operations Management
  • Internship (optional)

What is Servant Leadership? Servant Leadership is a leadership philosophy in which the main goal of the leader is to serve. This is different from traditional leadership where the leader’s focus is the thriving of their company or organization. It shares power, puts the needs of others first, and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible.

Servant leadership is embedded into the very DNA of Carson-Newman University. Our mission is to equip students to be educated citizens and worldwide servant leaders. As such, the Servant Leadership Certificate is a great starting point for those seeking to learn more about servant leadership or those seeking to refine their pre-existing skillset. This program offers students a chance to learn ethical leadership, how to build a collaborative culture, and how to be a positive influence on those within their sphere of influence.  


  • 15 credit hours (18 with optional internship)
  • Completion time: 2 semesters (minimum)
  • Cost: $380 per credit hour + $55 PCH tech fee (Financial Aid eligible with FAFSA completion)
  • Fully online, asynchronous courses
  • Credits earned can be applied to an eligible Carson-Newman bachelor’s degree program

Admissions Requirements

Students who complete the free online application will be required to submit the following for

  • Official transcript — high school transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (or GED) OR college transcript with min. GPA of 2.0