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Certificate in Catholic School Leadership

Certificate in Catholic School Leadership

Enhance your Catholic school leadership skills with graduate-level certification. 

Designed to address the ever-growing demands for effective Catholic school leaders and administrators, Merrimack’s Catholic School Leadership (CSL) graduate certificate cultivates the leadership competencies required to succeed in today’s dynamic Catholic school landscape.

Led by expert faculty and reflecting Merrimack’s Catholic Augustinian tradition, this mostly online certificate includes interactive, interdisciplinary coursework that focuses on the fundamentals of a faith-based education; technology, communication, and school improvement; and financial leadership. Through this focused curriculum, you will learn to be a reflective and engaged educator, practitioner, and advocate for the common good through your work in schools, colleges, and community organizations.

Convenient, accessible, and high-quality, the Certificate in Catholic School Leadership allows you to continue working while pursuing the advanced credentials needed to assume greater leadership responsibilities. Upon successful completion, you will be well prepared to promote, manage, and lead a Catholic school and its students.

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Integrating faith with professional leadership

To answer the demands of a career as a religious school leader, your CSL certification will equip you to:
Develop and implement a technology-driven school improvement plan
• Create and manage budgets to enhance scholarships, capital improvements, and fiduciary planning
• Deepen and enhance Board relationships
• Embrace and promote the historical charisms of your school
• Be empowered by the Catholic Church to be a leader

Degree Requirements

The Certificate in Catholic School Leadership requires successful completion of three four-credit courses for a total of 12 credits. These eight-week online modules are taught in the sequence below:
• Fundamentals of a Faith-based Education 
• Technology, Communication, and School Improvement 
• Financial Leadership 

Admission Requirements

To apply, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree and additionally submit:
• An application form
• A personal essay explaining the reasons for pursuing the CSL graduate certificate
• Two letters of recommendation
• Current resume
• All transcripts from previous studies

Student should already be in a professional leadership role when enrolling in the certificate program. Applicants whose first language is not English will be asked to provide proof of English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL or IELTS results in accordance with Merrimack’s policy).


For more information on the Certificate in Catholic School Leadership, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 978-837-3563.