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Certification of Readiness and Excellence
Corporate leaders today want business school graduates who are equipped with skills beyond industry knowledge and technical ability. Such graduates are “management ready” with the
ability to create value for their organizations.
At the UB School of Management, we embrace that challenge through a comprehensive new certification program called LeaderCORE (Certification of Readiness and Excellence). Spanning the entire two years of your UB MBA experience, LeaderCORE gives you the opportunity to study and navigate real-world business situations while developing a set of clearly identified management competencies that differentiate your accomplishments and lead to effective performance in the workplace.
LeaderCORE ensures that our graduates will transition seamlessly from business school to leadership-track careers.
The driving force behind LeaderCOREis a focus on core competencies considered vital by the business community for effective performance and successful leadership. These competencies are organized into three key leadership dimensions with integrity as a unifying value, as illustrated below.
How it Works
Upon entering the MBA program, you will undergo a rigorous assessment process to identify the competencies you wish to strengthen. Next, we will help you create a customized personal development plan. Then, with our team of faculty, staff, external coaches and alumni, we provide a unique learning environment where the traditional MBA learning model is complemented with new opportunities for you to develop skills that will prepare you to lead today’s organizations. These opportunities exist within your courses and beyond, through a vast assortment of co-curricular activities like our Corporate Champions program, internships, case competitions and leadership initiatives that are closely related to and integrated with classroom learning experiences. Throughout the process, a real-world focus is paramount, with emphasis on the skills employers have identified as critical for future leaders. In your final semester, you will be evaluated and, if you are successful, you will receive LeaderCORE certification.