Disaster Readiness (Graduate)

When uncertainty strikes, preparation saves lives. Become more aware of and prepared for both natural and man-made disasters with relevant knowledge, skills and strategies.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

PAD 681 - Homeland Security

PAD 682 - Emergency Management

PAD 683 - Terrorism

Offered completely online.

Contact:  Dr. Julie Olberding, olberdingj@nku.edu

Valuable for individuals working in federal, state and local government agencies and, increasingly, is beneficial for those working in corporations, universities, schools, hospitals and other nonprofit organizations.

Recognize important role of federal, state and local governments in managing natural and man-made catastrophes.

Develop and apply techniques for collaborating with community partners before, during and after a disaster.

Create hazard-evaluation disaster concept model that addresses the four phases of emergency management – mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

Prepare community or organizational vulnerability assessment for various types of disasters, both natural and man-made.

Comprehend history of terrorism, causes of terrorism and the development of modern terrorist organizations.

Understand and evaluate counter-terrorism and homeland security efforts in the United States.


Leadership Development (Undergraduate)

Enhance your capacity to lead others by focusing on human relations and emotional intelligence.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

LDR 205 - Human Relations in Organizations

LDR 308 - Leadership Development

LDR 320 - Leading with Emotional Intelligence

All courses available both online and face-to-face.

Contact:  Amanda Kilmerkilmera@nku.edu

Do you seek to enhance your capacity to lead others? The micro-credential in Leadership Development focuses on the core skills that underlie leadership in a variety of contexts, with an emphasis on human relations and emotional intelligence. Students will gain in-demand professional skills, including conflict resolution, relationship building,  group and organizational decision-making, time and stress management, and employee development.

Demonstrate leadership problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

Develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills needed to build strong leader-follower relationships.

Use effective communication skills in the multiple modalities (written, oral, technical) required of leaders.

Apply ethical principles to leadership, focusing on the fundamentals of integrity, decision-making, and professionalism.

Describe benefits of leadership based on the fundamentals of diversity.


Leadership in the Public Sector (Graduate)

Stay focused on professionalism, effectiveness, ethics and fairness as you serve the public as a leader or manager.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

PAD 630 - Ethics and Decision Making in the Public Sector

PAD 631 - Leading in Diverse Public Environments

PAD 632 - Executive Management and Public Leadership

Offered in online format.  

Contact:  Dr. Julie Olberdingolberdingj@nku.edu

Useful for individuals within government and nonprofit organizations seeking promotion to higher-level positions. Additionally, workers in the private sector will gain invaluable skills for transitioning to public service.

Gain appreciation of public-sector leadership and management.

Learn and apply performance-enhancement strategies for more effective management.

Comprehend relevant professional codes of ethics.

Recognize and promote ethical behavior and practices in the workplace.

Understand issues and impacts of diversity in the workplace.

Acquire various diversity and inclusion strategies for public and nonprofit organizations.


Navigating the Diverse Workplace (Graduate)

A diverse and inclusive workforce is necessary to drive innovation, foster creativity, and encourage new ways of thinking.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

ENG 674 - Multicultural Literature

PAD 631 - Leading in Diverse Public Environments

HSC 510 - Trends and Cultural Issues in Healthcare OR EDG 606 - Leadership in Diverse Society (choose one)

Offered in hybrid format.

Contact:  Dr. Rudy Garns, garns@nku.edu

Gain knowledge and develop skills to effectively interact with culturally diverse associates, this micro-credential helps you maximize the benefits that diverse multiple perspectives and diversity of experiences can bring to their organization.

Demonstrate a contextual understanding of intercultural issues and perspectives.

Apply intercultural communication competencies for effective leadership in an inclusive and global workplace.

Leverage diverse perspectives to generate innovative solutions to complex problems.


Business Management Decision Making (Graduate)

Successful business leaders have the skills to make confident, informed decisions.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

ACC 610 - Accounting in a Corporate Environment

MGT 605 - Managing in Organizations

FIN 605 - Financial Management in Organizations

MKT 605 - Marketing in Organizations

Offered in-person and online.

Contact: Dr. Duke Thompson,


Develop the knowledge and expertise needed to make decisions with successful outcomes in four primary areas common to all business models: accounting, finance, marketing and human resources. These courses provide a graduate-level grounding in business management fundamentals, with a distinctly applied orientation, and are excellent preparation for an MBA program. Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, students will possess basic knowledge in financial management, managerial accounting, people management and leadership, and marketing management.

Rural Leadership (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Develop an understanding of challenges facing rural commuinties, then become part of the solution.

Required Courses
Career Development
Student Learning Outcomes

EDU 534 - Rural Leadership and Progress

EDU 535 -  Rural Field Implementation

Contact: Dr. Doug Feldmann,


Offered in online format.

The Rural Leadership micro-credential is applicable across multiple fields, including education, health, government and social service, and functions for both undergraduate and graduate students. Courses examine contemporary issues facing rural communities and utilize research and feedback to create and implement practical improvement action plans. 

Describe, in written format, contemporary issues and trends in rural education and public policy.

Critically evaluate current literature in the fields of rural education, health and/or government.

Produce a research paper for advanced investigation and/or publication in a professional journal.

Engage the perspectives and ideas of new colleagues through a variety of online, discussion venues, such as blogs and discussion forums.

Create an "Action Plan" that addresses an area of need within the individual student's context.