The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Leadership Development Program (also known as LDP) is a nationally recognized opportunity for members of underrepresented groups to advance their leadership skills.
Gain the skills and relationships to manage a rapidly diversifying global workforce. Realize your leadership potential with executive coaching, high-touch, interactive learning, and opportunities to immediately apply knowledge to your work.
Join a high-performing cohort and global network of alumni. Propel your success managing diverse teams in business and communities.
Full tuition scholarships
The Hunter Family Fellows offer full scholarships and a travel stipend to five qualified applicants with demonstrated financial need. We also offer other opportunities for fellowships, full and partial scholarships. All applicants are automatically considered. No separate application required.
Earn your certificate in 9 months
With flexible and compact courses and residencies, complete the program in nine months while continuing to work full-time.
Learn from working directly with minority-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and community projects.
Should you choose to continue your education at Carey, you can transfer all 12 credits earned through LDP into our Flexible MBA program.
The depth of the Leadership Development Program experience involves two on-site residencies and online coursework (synchronous) between residencies. You will engage in discussions with corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders and work in teams on real-time entrepreneurship, business, and community-based projects. The Leadership Development Program curriculum features case studies and simulations, while exploring and integrating dimensions of leadership approaches and strategies applicable in the multicultural and multinational environment.
The Student Handbook provides access to information about services and resources for students as well as policies and procedures.
The 2022 edition of the Carey Business School University Catalog is available.
The Leadership Development Program is a cohort experience that actively supports your professional and personal growth, organizational resilience, and focused networking. Enhance your business knowledge and skills for advancement as a decision maker and leader in today’s rapidly changing global workplace
You are required to complete the graduate certificate in the Leadership Development Program in nine months. The certificate consists of six courses (12 total credits).
Required courses (12 credits):
- Accounting for Decision Making (two credits)
- Statistical Analysis (two credits)
- Marketing Management (two credits)
- Managing in a Diverse and Global World (two credits)
- Business and Leadership Communication (two credits)
- Leadership Theory into Practice (two credits)
- Before each residency, you will receive a reading package with pre-module homework, case studies, and exercises that are required to complete for partial credit toward the next residency.
- Post-residency work includes online coursework, case studies, personal and team initiatives/projects that you will complete to receive full credit for the residency.
Fall Residency: November 3-6, 2022 | Baltimore, MD
Spring Residency: March 16-19, 2023 | Washington, D.C.
"It was an honor to be accepted into the first class of the Leadership Development Program. In addition to learning both soft and hard skills, I developed personal and professional relationships that are still important to me today. LDP helped lay the groundwork for my success at P&G, as the head of Marketing and Creative Services for a global humanitarian organization, and today, as the CEO of my own leadership coaching and nonprofit marketing communications consultancy. Thank you Hopkins and the LDP!"
- Cheryl Hudgins-Williams, CEO at Hudgins Williams Associates and Senior Consultant at Tecker International, Leadership Development Program ‘91
“[LDP was a] real turning point, an awakening of my aspirations and the feeling that I could, if I applied myself, rise to a senior management position."
- Tony Wells, chief brand officer for USAA and Leadership Development Program '97
“The benefit is that the LDP program was built by minorities for minorities. Being in senior leadership roles, it is important to know your voice and to not shrink back or be intimidated when others don't agree. LDP prepared me to have tough conversations. It has given me that confidence to know my voice has value.”
- Claudia Bellony Atanga, Leadership Development Program ‘10, MBA '11
Juan Torrico, Leadership Development Program, ‘04, is a digital marketing professional, documentary photographer, seasoned entrepreneur, and expert in the American Latino market. As the Founder and CEO of TorricoMedia, a digital media agency, he works with underrepresented entrepreneurs and influencers throughout the country to drive business outcomes and brand awareness for his clients.
Graduates have participated on Johns Hopkins teams that have regularly won and placed at Prospanica and National Black MBA Association student case competitions, finishing ahead of full-time MBA students from the nation’s leading programs. Graduates also have competed for and received National Black MBA Association scholarships, the Nathan Sanders Scholarship through the Executive Leadership Council, and National Association of Securities Professionals Fellowships.
Program participant employers have included:
- The Boeing Company
- Intel Corporation
- Marriott International
- Pepsi Co.
- Stanley Black and Decker
- The World Bank