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Self-Directed Programs

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Smith College Executive Education’s self-directed online programs offer tools, frameworks, and strategies for developing and honing leadership skills at your own pace. These programs are open to professionals at all levels who share the mission of empowering and supporting women leaders. 

Designed to be completed in 4-6 weeks, each program consists of 4 modules and is available for 3 months (1 year for Certificate participants).

Each program includes:

  • Eight hours of self-paced, asynchronous content 
  • Access to engaging learning materials developed in partnership with world-class business school faculty and practitioners
  • Instructor videos, discussions, learning resources, reflections, and exercises

Rate: $800 per program or $3,500 for the Certificate (5 programs)

Group enrollment rates and program bundles are available. For information, contact Joy McGaugh,

  • How can I get support from my company or supervisor?

    To gain approval and support before enrolling in this professional development opportunity, you may need to write a letter or submit a form to your supervisor or employer.

    We’ve found that the following talking points can be effective for communicating the career benefits of our programs:

    • Relevant skills: Smith Executive Education programs cover current and relevant skills. These top-rated programs are led by world-class faculty and address relevant challenges that women leaders face.
    • Immediate value: All of the tools, frameworks, and strategies I will gain can be immediately applied to our team’s key priorities and projects. I would also be able to present my learnings after completing the program. 
    • Ease of access: Smith College Executive Education programs offer high-value learning experiences that are more affordable and accessible than a degree program or for-credit course. These programs are designed to fit into the roles and responsibilities of working professionals.
    • Professional development: Participating in this program is an investment in my professional growth as a team member and leader. I will receive skills and practical knowledge to succeed both in my current role and in future opportunities as I advance within our organization.


    If you have further questions about presenting our programs for professional development approval, please email our program team at

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