Graduate Certificate Programs

Advanced Graduate Certificates

Advanced Graduate Certificate programs in accounting1, finance, general management, human resources management, marketing, and taxation1 provide opportunities for qualified professionals to enhance their competency and update their skills in an area of specialization.

The 15-credit certificate program is designed to provide a complete integration between the theory and practice of contemporary business. The certificate programs are suitable for working professionals who have already earned a graduate degree, but whose responsibilities are currently or are expected to be in a particular specialty and desire greater depth of academic preparation in that subject area, or for individuals outside of the area who desire to understand multi-functional thinking in order to compete effectively in the marketplace.

The program requires completion of the subject area's required concentration course(s) plus additional elective courses, for a total of 15 credits in the area of specialization. All programs of study are planned with the help of the Director of Graduate Programs and consider the interests and goals of the participant.

Candidates for the certificate are to complete all requirements within three years of beginning their course work. They are expected to make some annual progress toward the certificate in order to remain in good standing. A candidate who elects to take a leave of absence must notify the Graduate Office in writing.

Grades and academic average computation are identical to those of the MBA and MS programs. Certificates are awarded to candidates who complete their programs with at least a 3.00 overall grade point average.

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To be eligible to pursue an Advanced Graduate Certificate in this area, students must have successfully completed the following courses at the undergraduate level: intermediate accounting (six credits), advanced accounting (three credits), cost accounting (three credits), auditing (three credits), and taxation (three credits). Deficiencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics 

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics is a 12-credit program designed for the following audiences:

  • Those who are in analytical positions and are in need of foundational knowledge in the area.
  • Those who are contemplating the MSBA but do not have the time/resources at the moment to undertake the degree program.
  • Those who seek a foundation in analytics skills in order to deal with "big data" and other quantitative issues.

The program consists of the following four courses:

IS 0510Databases for Business Analytics3
IS 0540Data Mining and Business Intelligence3
OM 0400Principles of Business Analytics3
QA 0500Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics3
Total Credits12

The four required courses can be completed in one year's time by taking two courses (IS 0510 and OM 0400) in the fall semester, and two courses (IS 0540 and QA 0500) in the spring semester.

Candidates for the certificate are to complete all requirements within three years of beginning their coursework. 

Graduate Certificate in Business Essentials

The "Mini MBA"

The Graduate Business Essentials certificate is a 12-credit program designed for the following audiences:

  • Those with undergraduate degrees in areas other than business who seek foundational knowledge in the key business disciplines.
  • Those who are contemplating the MBA but do not have undergraduate business degrees.
  • Those who are in need of foundational business knowledge in order to run/maintain their own businesses.

The program consists of the following four courses:

AC 0400Introduction to Accounting3
FI 0400Principles of Finance3
MG 0400Organizational Behavior3
MK 0400Marketing Management3
Total Credits12

These courses are offered in flexible formats: 2- or 4-week sessions. All are offered during the summer months, either completely online (FI 0400MG 0400MK 0400) or in the evenings and on weekends (AC 0400).

Candidates for the certificate are to complete all requirements within three years of beginning their coursework. Given the format of each course, it is also possible to complete the program over the span of one summer.