Management Development Certificate Program

Purpose: To provide professional development to emerging and experienced managers and supervisors at Montana State University.

Workshops will be offered throughout the academic year. In this first developmental year, the sessions will be offered once. In subsequent years, schedules may be adapted to the demand created by MSU employees.

Management Development-I Certificate

To earn a Montana State University certificate in Management Development-I, nine courses plus a required Safety & Risk Management session (total 50 hours of training) are required. Employees will have 36 months to complete the required courses and a certificate in Management Development-I will be issued. Employees may also sign up for individual courses and choose not to work towards a certificate.





Class Capacity


24 hours

Sept 16, 2015

October 13, 2015

November 10, 2015


3-day Breakthrough Leadership Training

** Register through Betsy Webb



3.5 hours

Dec 7, 2015

MSU Boot Camp: Institutional Leadership




3.5 hours

Nov 2, 2015

EEO & Employee Relations




3.5 hours

Feb 1, 2016

Coaching for Performance




3.5 hours

Jan 4, 2016

Managing Conflict




3.5 hours

Oct 5, 2015

Leading Change




3.5 hours

March 7, 2016

Personality Inventories




1.5 hours

April 4, 2016

Motivating and Engaging a Diverse Work Force



1.5 hours

April 4, 2016

Public Relations & Media




2 hours

Offered monthly

Supervisor Safety Orientation: Required training for supervisors




50 hours




Management Development-I Course Descriptions

Course No. Course Title & Description
MD101 3-day Facilitative Leadership Training

This is a 3-day, 24 hour, leadership training. Participants will learn the seven practices of Facilitative Leadership including: Share an inspiring vision; Focus on results, process and relationship; Seek maximum appropriate involvement; Design pathways to action; Facilitate agreement; Coach for performance; and Celebrate accomplishment. Participants are expected to be present for the complete 3-day workshop.
Maximum enrollment is 14. Application process for selection.*

* This workshop is being piloted in September 2013 and is currently at capacity (14). Stay tuned for future opportunities.

Other intensive leadership/supervisor trainings including FAST (Facilities) may be substituted for MD101.

MD201 MSU Boot Camp: Institutional Leadership
  • Key concepts of administration and leadership
  • MSU History, What are Land Grant Institutions
  • MSU Organizational Chart
  • MSU Strategic Plan
  • Learning (Academic)
  • Discovery (Research)
  • Engagement (Extension, plus)
  • Administration & Finance at MSU
  • MSU Resources available to managers
  • The MSU "alphabet"
MD301 EEO & Employee Relations
  • EEO information: Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Reporting requirements
  • Public Information and Employees: What is public and what is confidential, FERPA, HIPAA, includes a brief employment law overview
  • Labor and Employee Relations: Union contracts, Bargaining, and Status of non-union employees
MD401 Coaching for Performance
  • Basic coaching skills for performance, leading by example
  • Setting goals and expectations
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Effective evaluation processes
  • Encouraging employee development
  • Corrective Action: progressive discipline in Montana, terminating an employee, wrongful discharge, grievances
MD501 Managing Conflict
  • Sources of conflict
  • Conflict styles
  • Difficult conversations
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Conflict scenarios
MD601 Leading Change
  • Stages of change
  • What a leader can do to assist people moving through stages of change
  • Leading change – the seven levers
  • Conditions for successful change
  • Communication during change
MD701 MBTI: Meyers Briggs Type Inventory Training
  • Gain self-insight and improve interactions in the workplace among teams
  • Understand differences, improve communications and manage employees with varying styles
  • Develop a deeper understanding of self and behaviors and appreciate others by making constructive use of differences
  • Learn to approach problems in different ways which can be healthy and productive for the individual, the employee team, and for the University
MD801 Motivating and engaging a diverse work force
  • Building a positive work culture/respectful workplace
  • Dimensions of diversity in the workplace: awareness and understanding
  • Developing teams
MD901 Public Relations & Media
  • Working with the media
  • MSU Communications policies and managers
SRM0003 Supervisor Safety Orientation: Required training for supervisors

This course targets what supervisors must know regarding safety hazards, assessments, and safety requirements on MSU Campuses per SRM/MSU/State/Federal policies and regulations.

  • Know where to locate applicable policies and procedures
  • Know what requirements exist for supervisors in relation to training and safety duties
  • Know which trainings are required of your employees
  • Know how to report and investigate an accident
  • Know your emergency action plan and how to communicate this to your employees
  • Assess hazards in your area and identify appropriate PPE for your employees to use to be safe
  • Know how to create a chemical inventory and submit it appropriately
  • Dispose of various waste types appropriately
  • Understand the basics of Workers' Compensation and related programs

Enrollment Eligibility: Currently employed as supervisor for one or more MSU employees or serving as manager of a MSU program or unit.