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 have completed the Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence and seek to augment their skills with more technical skills, tools, and languages.
  • Those who are comfortable with data analysis using standard tools and are looking for ways to do more customized analysis.

The program consists of the following four courses:

DATA 5405Python Fundamentals 13
DATA 6505Python for Business Analytics3
DATA 6530Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics3
DATA 6545Machine Learning for Predictive Analytics3
Total Credits12

The four required courses can be completed in one year's time by taking two courses (DATA 5405 and DATA 6505) in the fall semester and two courses (DATA 6530 and DATA 6545) in the spring semester.

Please note that many of the courses in this certificate program have courses from the Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence program as prerequisites.

Students who have completed both the Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence and the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics need only take three more electives and the capstone to convert all of those certificates and coursework into a full MSBA. 

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

Graduate Certificate in Business Intelligence

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

  • Those who are in need of foundational knowledge in the skills and tools of business intelligence.
  • Those who are contemplating the MSBA but do not have the time/resources at the moment to undertake the degree program.
  • Those who are transitioning into a new position or new responsibilities involving the analysis of data.

The program consists of the following four courses:

DATA 5400Applied Business Statistics 13
DATA 6500Business Analytics3
DATA 6510Databases for Business Analytics3
DATA 6540Business Intelligence3
Total Credits12

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
DATA 6530Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics3
FNCE 6500Stakeholder Value 13
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 MS in Marketing Analytics and Strategy (MSMAS), 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:

MKTG 6520Research for Marketing Insights and Decisions3
MKTG 6580Multivariate Analysis for Consumer Insights3
Select two courses from the following:6
Python Fundamentals
Python for Business Analytics
Customer Experience
Category Management and Shopper Insights
Digital Marketing and Analytics
Pricing Strategies and Analytics
Experimental Research
Total Credits12

The certificate is fully transferable to the MS in Marketing Analytics and Strategy (MSMAS) degree program.

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 courses:

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