Graduate Certificate Program

A graduate certificate can be earned by completing the three required courses in each discipline. Students must hold a bachelor's degree and be accepted into the MBA program prior to starting a graduate certificate program. Candidates for the certificate will be expected to complete course requirements in 12 months and with a "C" grade or better in all courses.

Graduate certificate program credits will transfer to the MBA program if a student wishes to pursue an MBA upon completion of a certificate program.

The Graduate Certificate program follows the University criteria of $750 per credit hour.

Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking

This graduate certificate provides students a focus on the skills needed to create, lead, and own their own ventures inside a larger organization or a start-up of their own.  Students in the graduate certificate program will be leaders in design-thinking and entrepreneurial frameworks needed to lead teams and organizations.

Required courses

ET510. Frameworks of Entrepreneurship In this course you will develop an understanding of the discipline of entrepreneurship. This course is designed to orient you to the frameworks and methods of entrepreneurship through which you will discover and develop your entrepreneurial mindset. You will come to know what the implications of self-employment are to you personally and the impact entrepreneurship has on society as a whole. More importantly, it is the goal of this course to make you more comfortable and open to the concept of creating, leading, and owning your own venture. (3 credits)
ET520. Opportunity Lab This course will provide graduate students with a hands-on, workshop-based approach to finding opportunities within their own skills, talents and passions while also utilizing design-thinking methods to understand customer-based opportunities and markets. The outcomes of looking both inwardly and externally for opportunities will generate an assembly of possible opportunities in multiple fields. They will evaluate the feasibility at a high level for where to go with these opportunity ideas. Pre-requisite: ET510. (3 credits)
ET530. Entrepreneurial Research Practicum In this course opportunities will be validated (or invalidated) by using a number of action-based research strategies. These strategies include primary market research such as customer development, MVP testing, A/B testing, and micro market tests. Additionally, secondary research strategies will be surveyed to determine market size and potential for an opportunity. Pre-requisites: ET510, ET520. (3 credits)

Information Systems Data Management

This graduate certificate provides students a focus on the collection, organization, storage, analysis, and transformation of vast amounts of data.  In data-driven organization, skills are needed in the areas of data modeling, querying, optimization, and administration for analysis of data that is growing at exponential rates.  Students will not only understand the business value of data, but also the tools available to discover meaningful relationships amongst data.  Students with this certificate will be able to interpret and articulate data requirements to technical staff, design a relational database and data warehouse as well as analyze large amounts of data in various forms and data models using a variety of software platforms.  Students in the graduate certificate program will be leaders in performance learning client projects and will demonstrate their skills by building, testing, and implementing systems to design specifications.


Required courses

IS511. IT Infrastructure This course provides an introduction to IT infrastructure issues for students
pursuing the graduate data management certificate. It covers topics related
to both computer and systems architecture and communication networks, with an overall focus on the services and capabilities that IT infrastructure solutions enable in an organizational context. It gives the students the knowledge and skills that they need for communicating effectively with professionals whose special focus is on hardware and systems software technology and for designing organizational processes and software solutions that require in-depth understanding of the IT infrastructure capabilities and limitations. It also prepares the students for organizational roles that require interaction with external vendors of IT infrastructure components and solutions. The course focuses strongly on Internet-based solutions, computer and network security, business continuity, and the role of infrastructure in regulatory compliance. Students in this course will design and build a virtualized server with multiple operating systems in addition to a network according to design specifications. (3 credits)
IS560. Database Application Development Focus on the database approach to information resource management and application development. Skills developed include SQL, data modeling, transaction management, and administration. Emphasis in this course will be application of data modeling and usage of tools for application development provided by database management systems. Performance Learning initiatives include developing a full-featured database application for use by a client in the community. Pre-requisite: IS511 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)
IS570. Business Intelligence & Big Data An in-depth study of various aspects of data collection, data extraction, and analysis of massive databases. Students will learn methods for extracting, transforming, and loading data from various sources into software used for data warehousing applications. Additional software tools and languages will be explored to develop executive dashboards and analytics. Pre-requisite: IS560 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)

Project Management

This graduate certificate provides students a focus on how to carefully plan an organized effort to accomplish a specific (and usually) one-time effort, for example: construction of a building, event planning, or implementing a new computer system.  Project Management is a skill which must be developed and practiced to be successful.  The objective of this certificate is to master the principles of scope definition, work-breakdown-structure development, assignment of logical activity relationships, resource and time constraint planning, construction of a budget and monitoring of planned versus actual progress using a variety of mathematical indices, within a defined timeframe and cost estimate.  The concepts and techniques will be presented in the context of business operations and its efforts to perform continuous improvement.

Required courses

MG567. Process Improvement The lifeblood of any organization is its ability to keep up with what our customers want and demand from our organization. In order to keep up with the continually changing customer needs and the environment in which we must provide them it is important to identify and improve our processes. These processes extend beyond the manufacturing processes but include the processes of how we interface with our customers both before and after delivery. To be effective every member of the organization must understand what they provide and who they provide this product or service to, whether inside or outside the company. The student will gather current data and receive feedback from the process owner as to thoroughness and feasibility of the solution. (3 credits)
MG570. Operations Management A practical study of the decisions required to design, operate and control a manufacturing or service operations. This course explores the various relationships between these organizational decisions, operations and other disciplines within the organization. The relationships are discussed and documented through the use of business process management and Visio. The organizational decisions explored include forecasting, planning of personnel and equipment, inventory planning and control, scheduling, project management, theory of constraints, and quality assurance. The MBA student will demonstrate mastery of the course through the application of one or more topics in a detailed workplace analysis. The student will gather current data and receive feedback from the process owner as to thoroughness and feasibility of solution. (3 credits)
MG575. Project Management The objective of this course is to master the principles of efficient project planning and control - needs analysis, work breakdown, scheduling, resource allocation, risk management, and performance tracking and evaluation - within the timeframe and cost projection stated in the overview section. Concepts and techniques will be developed by navigating through a recent textbook in project management and through a popular project management software package. The MBA student will demonstrate mastery of the course through teh application of one or more topics in a detailed workplace analysis. The student will gather current data and receive feedback from the process owner as to thoroughness and feasibility of solution. Pre-requisite: MG570. (3 credits)