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:

BUAN 6500Business Analytics3
BUAN 6510Databases for Business Analytics3
BUAN 6530Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics3
BUAN 6540Business Intelligence3
Total Credits12

The four required courses can be completed in one year's time by taking two courses (BUAN 6500 and BUAN 6530) in the fall semester, and two courses (BUAN 6510 and BUAN 6540) 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:

ACCT 5400Introduction to Accounting3
FNCE 5400Principles of Finance3
MGMT 5400Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 5400Marketing 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 (FNCE 5400 MGMT 5400, MKTG 5400) or in the evenings and on weekends (ACCT 5400). 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:

ACCT 6500Accounting Information for Decision-Making3
BUAN 6530Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics3
FNCE 6500Shareholder Value3
FNCE 6530Corporate Finance3
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:

BUAN 6505Python for Business Analytics3
or BUAN 6530 Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
or ISOM 5400 Business Operations
MKTG 6520Marketing Research3
MKTG 6580Multivariate Analysis for Consumer Insights3
MKTG 6590Experimental Research3
or MKTG 6900 Contemporary Topics
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:

MGMT 6505Human Resource Strategies: An Analytics Approach3
MGMT 6507Negotiations and Dispute Resolution3
MGMT 6540Cross-Cultural Management3
MGMT 6560Career Planning and Development3
Total Credits12