Graduate Certificate Programs

Candidates can hone their skills by choosing from a variety of certificate programs offered at the Dolan School of Business. Certificate candidates are  expected to complete all requirements within three years of beginning their coursework. 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.

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 manage "big data" and other quantitative issues.

The program consists of the following four courses:

BA 0500Business Analytics3
BA 0510Databases for Business Analytics3
BA 0540Business Intelligence3
QA 0500Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics3
Total Credits12

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

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). Given the format of each course, it is also possible to complete the program over the span of one summer.

Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning and Analysis

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning and Analysis is a 12-credit program designed for the following audiences:

  • Those who want to enhance their background in budgeting, forecasting and analysis.
  • Those who are contemplating a master's degree but do not have the time/resources at the moment to undertake the degree program.
  • Those who are in financial positions and need foundational knowledge in the area.

The program consists of the following four courses:

AC 0500Accounting Information for Decision-Making3
FI 0500Shareholder Value 13
FI 0530Corporate Finance3
QA 0500Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics3
Total Credits12

Graduate Certificate in Marketing Analytics

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

  • Those who want to enhance their quantitative background in marketing.
  • Those who are contemplating a master's degree, such as the MSBA, but do not have the time/resources at the moment to undertake the degree program.
  • Those who are in analytical positions and need foundational knowledge in the area.

The program consists of the following four course choices:

MK 0520Marketing Research3
MK 0580Multivariate Data Analysis for Decision Making3
MK 0585Seminar: Contemporary Topics in Marketing3
or MK 0590 Experimental Research in Marketing
BA 0505Python for Business Analytics3
or OM 0400 Business Operations
or QA 0500 Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
Total Credits12

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources in the Global Environment

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Human Resources in the Global Environment is a 12-credit program designed for the following audiences:

  • Those who are in human resources positions and are in need of additional knowledge in the area.
  • Those who are contemplating the MBA but do not have the time/resources at the moment to undertake the degree program.
  • Those who need a foundation in human resources concerns in order to strategically manage workforce challenges.

The program consists of the following four course choices:

MG 0505Human Resource Strategies: An Analytics Approach3
or MG 0507 Negotiations and Dispute Resolution
MG 0535International Human Resources Management3
or MG 0540 Cross-Cultural Management
MG 0560Career Planning and Development3
MG 0507Negotiations and Dispute Resolution3
or PY 0480 Consulting Theory and Practice
or PY 0545 Designing and Developing Training Programs
Total Credits12