Graduate Certificate Programs

Millikin is aware of the need for professionals to develop special skills that will give them the edge in their careers.  Meant for any industry, our Graduate Certificates focus on specific business knowledge which allow students to invest fewer resources than obtaining a master's degree.  

A graduate certificate can be earned by completing the four required courses in each program.  Start times and completion times will vary in each program.  

What are the certificate programs like?

  • In-person classes that meet once a week for 3.5 hours
  • Learn from faculty with executive C-Suite knowledge
  • Small class sizes that build teamwork and support networking
  • Attend class remotely when "life happens!"  Our MBA classroom, designed with high-tech equipment, allows MBA students the flexibility to attend class virtually, as well as watch the recording of class. 
    • **Please keep in mind this is not to be used as a permanent arrangement.**  
  • Graduate certificate program credits will transfer to the MBA program if a student wishes to pursue an MBA upon completion of a certificate program.

What are the admission requirements?

  • Students must hold a bachelor's degree before applying for a graduate certificate. 
  • Complete the online application here.
  • Submit your official transcripts from all undergraduate/graduate institutions from which you've obtained a degree.  

How much do the certificate programs cost?

  • $6,000

How do I apply?

Questions?

Data Analytics & Business Intelligence

Analytics is a buzzword in business today. It has become a new label for evidence-based management. Data is everywhere and there is an urgent need to collect and preserve it; what we do with it is an important part of improving business, decision making, and providing an edge over competitors.  Data Analytics is focused on why an event happened and what will happen in the future.

Data Analytics is the systemic computational analysis of data or statistics. It is used to:

  • ►Discover patterns, relationships, or stories in data,
  • ►Interpret data sets or information to determine causation or correlation, and
  • ►Communicate data, patterns, information, or observations using data.

Millikin’s Data Analytics & Business Intelligence Graduate Certificate will prepare students to start processing data that organizations produce and turn it into usable information, using the latest statistical & modeling tools to serve stakeholders’ interests.

Who should enroll?

Suitable for any industry, this graduate certificate is for those who wish to learn how to use data to solve complex and sophisticated problems that will give your business a competitive advantage.  It will prepare you to become a leader who:

  • ►Knows how to apply and use data strategically,
  • ►Designs tools that assist in making high-value, high-stake decisions, and
  • ►Effectively combines the power of instinct and experience with the science of data and analytics.

Program features: 

  • •Starts every June
  • •6 months completion time
  • •Evening, in-person classes 
  • •Classes meet once a week for 3.5 hours

Required courses:

MB535. Business Analytics

Business analytics is focused on taking insights derived from data and applying them “on the ground” by making data-driven business decisions, including collecting, managing, and analyzing datasets, forming inferences and predictions from data, and making optimal and robust decisions.  Business analytics makes extensive use of statistical analysis, and the applications of business analytics span all functional areas. (3 credits)   

MB536. Business Forecasting & Planning

Business forecasting is an estimate or prediction of future developments in business, such as sales, expenditures, and profits. Given the swings in economic activity and the drastic effects these fluctuations can have on profit margins, it is not surprising that business forecasting has emerged as one of the most important aspects of planning. Forecasting has become an invaluable tool for managers and business people to anticipate economic trends and plan accordingly. Good business forecasts can help business owners and managers plan and adapt to a changing economy. (3 credits)

MB537. Data Visualization for Business Application

Data visualization is the graphic representation of data.  It involves stripping data down to its most important structures and then using the best techniques to convey the data for effective communication, decision-making, and persuasion. This course will develop a vocabulary and framework for discussing, critiquing, assessing, and designing visual displays of quantitative and qualitative data. This entails awareness of human perception and cognition, the use of best design practices in visualization of data, and storytelling with data.  (3 credits)

MB538. Data Mining

Data mining is a process used to extract usable data, or patterns, from a larger set of data for business application using statistical analysis. This course provides students with an appreciation of the uses of data mining in solving business decision problems. Students will gain knowledge of theoretical backgrounds to several of the commonly used data mining techniques and will learn about the application of data mining, as well as acquiring practical skills in the use of data mining. (3 credits)

Application deadline:

  • June 1 of each year

How do I apply?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download the Data Analytics Graduate Certificate flier here.

Organizational Leadership 

Organizational Leadership (OL) is a management approach in which leaders help set strategic goals for the organization while motivating individuals within the group to successfully carry out assignments.  Organizational Leadership is needed at every level to consider how current practices can be further improved or changed to meet future needs.  

Millikin’s OL Graduate Certificate is designed to help students become a leader in the workforce.  Students will gain a foundation in management theory, organizational development, change management, the application of data and more.  

Who should enroll?

Suitable for any industry, this graduate certificate is for those who wish to lead groups of individuals toward fulfilling an organization's mission.  It will prepare you to: 

  • ►Make data-driven decisions to optimize the business process,
  • ►Translate strategy into operational terms while focusing on the intangible assets of an organization,
  • ►Embody the role of an ethical leader who constructs a principled and successful team environment that is conducive of, and committed to, the foundational interrelationships of people, profit and planet, and
  • ►Demonstrate mastery of establishing goals, leading teams, analyzing work and facilitating organizational change.

Program features: 

  • •Starts every January
  • •4 months completion time
  • •Evening, in-person classes 
  • •Classes meet once a week for 3.5 hours

Required courses:

MB535. Business Analytics Business analytics is focused on taking insights derived from data and applying them “on the ground” by making data-driven business decisions, including collecting, managing, and analyzing datasets, forming inferences and predictions from data, and making optimal and robust decisions.  Business analytics makes extensive use of statistical analysis, and the applications of business analytics span all functional areas. (3 credits)   
MB570. Leading & Changing Organizations Leading organizations is a people-centered activity highly influenced by the ethical values of leaders. Managers get the work of the business done through people by setting goals and executing action plans; leaders help motivate people by setting the compass of a business, by creating a vision, setting values, and building bridges to the community, to ideas about the future and to internal stakeholders. This course examines leadership management and its ethical and value-based foundation. (3 credits)
MB580. Strategic Resources Management This course focuses on the strategic management of the intangible assets of an organization: human capital, information capital, and organizational capital. Human motivation, workforce utilization, performance measurement, leadership, organizational culture and change, management information systems, knowledge management, and contingency planning are discussed in detail during this course. Students learn to translate strategy into operational terms, to align the organization to its strategy, and to apply course content in an individual or group project. (3 credits)
MB587. Seminar in Business Topics Provides either an in-depth study of a particular topic, problem or issue in today’s business world, or a broad view of several topics of current interest in today’s business world.  The course may incorporate relevant experiential learning activities where appropriate. (3 credits) 

Application deadline:

  • January 1 of each year

How do I apply?

 

Download the OL Graduate Certificate flier here.

Project Management

Project Management is the use of specific knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to deliver something of value to people. Today, we live in a "project economy" where projects are the driving force behind how work is done, change is realized and value is delivered.  

Millikin’s Project Management Graduate Certificate will provide students a focus on how to carefully plan and organize an effort to accomplish a specific task.  The concepts and techniques will be presented in the context of business operations and its efforts to perform continuous improvements.   

Who should enroll?

Suitable for any industry, this graduate certificate is for those who wish to provide value to people with a variety of roles in a vast range of endeavors  It will prepare you to: 

  • ►Make data-driven decisions to optimize the business process,
  • ►Gain understanding of the structure, decisions and actions found in operations management, including product decisions, analytical techniques, scheduling and inventory & quality control,
  • ►Learn to analyze a business process and implement improvements, and
  • ►Gain mastery of project planning and control through the aplication in a workplace.

Program features: 

  • •Starts every June
  • •6 months completion time
  • •Daytime, in-person classes 
  • •Classes meet once a week for 3.5 hours

Required courses:

MB535. Business Analytics  Business analytics is focused on taking insights derived from data and applying them “on the ground” by making data-driven business decisions, including collecting, managing, and analyzing datasets, forming inferences and predictions from data, and making optimal and robust decisions.  Business analytics makes extensive use of statistical analysis, and the applications of business analytics span all functional areas. (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)
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)
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 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. Pre-requisite: MG570. (3 credits)

Application deadline:

  • June 1 of each year

How do I apply?

 

Download the Project Management Graduate Certificate flier here.