Corporate Governance Certificate Overview

Are you looking for board service opportunities to fuel your career and impact your community? Do you want to be part of the c-suite at your organization or gain nonprofit and corporate board experience to advance your career trajectory? Many aspiring leaders desire and are qualified to join a board, and most organizations have a great need for infusions of fresh talent and insights into their boards. However, more often than not, many board positions go to those already serving on other boards.

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Our Corporate Governance track is built around nine core courses in leadershipstrategy, and professional development. In addition to the core courses, three customized courses on corporate governance are led by faculty expert Michael L. McDonald, Ph.D.

Michael McDonald

Michael L. McDonald, Ph.D.

McDonald is a professor in the Department of Management at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He joined UTSA in 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in management from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a B.A. in economics from Emory University. McDonald teaches courses in strategic management and organization theory. He primarily studies executive leaders. His research has focused on how executives help one another to succeed, with a special emphasis on how CEOs’ effectiveness can be influenced by the various kinds of help (e.g., advice on strategic issues) that they receive from CEOs at other firms. He has also published studies on board of director effectiveness and racial and gender diversity in corporate leadership. McDonald’s research has appeared in the Academy of Management JournalAdministrative Science Quarterly, and the Strategic Management Journal. He is a member of the editorial review board of the Academy of Management Journal.

Program Dates


1 – 4 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023


1 – 4 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  • Tuesday, April 18, 2023
  • Tuesday, May 9, 2023


1 – 4 p.m.

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2023
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2023
  • Tuesday, July 11, 2023


1 – 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023
  • Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023
  • Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2023
Program Details

The corporate governance track of our Leadership Institute Certificate is an opportunity to learn necessary leadership and governance skills. Targeted professional development and dedicated mentorship help participants bridge the gap between the c-suite and governance positions they desire.

Duration:8 months, afternoon classes every 3 weeks; core classes are three hours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; capstone classes are four hours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Method of Delivery: Hybrid (core classes are delivered online; capstone classes are in-person)

Location: Carlos Alvarez College of Business, Business Building (BB) 1.01.20, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249

Cost: $3,499 – $6,499 For-Profit | $2,999 – $5,999 Not-for-Profit (based on the selected executive coaching experience)
Contact execed@utsa.edu for not-for-profit or group discount codes.

Certificate Cost Includes:

Payment plans are available upon request.

We offer a discounted rate to support and make training accessible to not-for-profit organizations and small businesses; group discounts are also available. Contact us at execed@utsa.edu for more information.

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Offered through the Center for Professional Excellence in UTSA’s Carlos Alvarez College of Business, a Leadership Institute Certificate is an opportunity to enhance your business acumen and knowledge of important and relevant professional topics. Taught by award-winning faculty from UTSA and seasoned experts, certificate participants can expect:

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  • Four Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
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