Our community needs strong leaders who are not only passionate about making a difference — they have the skills to make it happen.

This interdisciplinary program allows undergraduates from any major to explore leadership theory, community organizing, and the role of civic life and identity, as well as gain practical experience in community engagement and leadership.

The program is based on a social justice model of leadership development, but it will also expose you to additional philosophies such as servant leadership and authentic leadership. You’ll gain real-world experience through team-building activities such as retreats and ROPES courses, community service, and a practicum in a leadership position, among other experiential learning activities.

Certificate Requirements

This 16-credit certificate draws on curriculum from a number of different areas, including Educational Policy, Administrative Leadership, Communication, History, Sociology, Business Administration and more. The required leadership capstone/practicum is often related to your major.

Download Certificate Requirements (PDF)

Community Leadership Living Learning Community

UWM’s Living Learning Communities are a terrific choice if you’re interested in being part of a “community within a community” by living in residence halls among students with similar interests. Members of LLCs also have access to special resources, programs and activities that will help you connect with other students, instructors and life at the university. Among the many options is a Community Leadership LLC, which focuses on giving students the skills to succeed as active citizens and leaders in the community.

Students in this LLC also participate in an overnight leadership retreat, a service-learning course, volunteer projects, and a community issues project.

Note: The Community Leadership LLC is open to freshmen and sophomores and requires that you take certain courses and live in a UWM residence hall. Students who live in the Community Leadership LLC will be only 9 credits shy of completing the Community Leadership Certificate Program, making it a great add-on to one’s major or minor. Certificate completion is noted on your final transcript.

Gainful Employment

Due to new federal financial aid regulations, beginning with the summer 2017 term, students who had not previously been awarded federal financial aid at UWM and are enrolled in a stand-alone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a stand-alone certificate who are seeking financial assistance maybe eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

Below is a link to a tool that will help you learn what to look for when shopping for a private loan. At the end of the short tutorial, it will provide a comparison shopping tool allowing you to sort, filter, and compare up to five lenders at one time.


Upon applying for the loan of your choice and being approved, the UWM Financial Aid Office will be notified by the lender to provide enrollment information. At such time the loan will be added to your financial aid award.

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

(414) 229- 4721

Mailing Address

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Department of Educational Policy & Community Studies
School of Education
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201