Graduate minor
Integrative Leadership

The graduate-level academic minor in integrative leadership (ILM) will enhance the preparation of graduate students to lead and foster collective actions across boundaries of individuals, groups, organizations, sectors, and nations to solve some of the world’s most pressing and complex problems. Any student in any University of Minnesota graduate or professional program (see exceptions below), regardless of college or enrollment, is encouraged to apply for this minor.

This minor was developed by faculty who are members of the Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL), a University-wide initiative dedicated to examining and advancing a new vision for cross-sector leadership that will be highly effective at tackling the challenging issues of our time. Four sponsoring colleges, the Carlson School of Management (CSOM), the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (HSPA), and the School of Public Health (SPH) are engaging across units to offer this minor as a joint program to inspire the innovative leaders that our society needs. The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) will serve as the minor's academic home.


  • Gain an understanding of principles, concepts, tools, strategies, and competencies needed to work collaboratively with people across sectoral boundaries
  • Learn how to share power, influence, authority, and ownership in collaborative environments across interests, disciplines, organizations, sectors, cultures, nations and ways of thinking
  • Learn to negotiate between different world views, needs, and perspectives
  • Learn and apply the skills of negotiation, conflict management, public engagement, systems thinking, persuasion, facilitation, and communication to work effectively across boundaries
  • Learn how to recognize and articulate their own perspective or worldview, culture, and values and look beyond their own perspective and expertise for solutions to problems
  • Learn how to create contexts for individuals, groups, or collaborations to self-organize, express their viewpoints, define their own problems, and evaluate themselves
  • Understand the role of ethics, democratic citizenship, and social change in integrative leadership
  • Contribute to the understanding and development of the concepts, skills, and practices, and scholarly knowledge for integrative leadership


  • Master's students: 9 credits minimum
  • Doctoral students: 12 credits minimum
  • Completed in 4 years for full time students
  • Credits from required courses in a major program will not count towards the minor.
  • Curriculum


Prior admission into an established master's, doctoral, or graduate professional degree program is required. The Graduate School has determined that the following professional programs are not eligible for a minor: JD, MD, PharmD, DVM, DDS, and LLM (see Graduate Degree Plan form). Students interested in admission to the minor should contact the Director of Graduate Studies for the Integrative Leadership Minor. Admission requires the addition of the required minor coursework to the student's Graduate School degree plan form and the ILM DGS's signature on the form. Students must demonstrate relevant academic background and experience. Competitive standards are expected to limit enrollment to 15 students a year.

Fill out the ILM application form [pdf]. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and reviewed monthly.


Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
612-626-9377 |