Certificates in Business

Our four-course Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) programs are designed for students looking for continued professional development without the formal pursuit of a master’s degree. We offer certificates in business studies, social entrepreneurship and management, including human resource and nonprofit management. 

Our Program

Working with a program director, students pursuing a business studies certificate customize their experience by selecting courses that directly relate to their personal career goals. Our certificate in social entrepreneurship, uniquely aligned with the University’s mercy mission, explores social responsibility for people, community and the environment.

All companies need efficient managers, and the goal of our management certificates is to sharpen students’ existing skills and expand their knowledge into new areas. The certificate in human resource management explores topics such as business law, social justice and business ethics, while the certificate in nonprofit management focuses on marketing, fundraising and financial management in both the private and public sector.

Certificates may be completed entirely online, although courses are also offered at our Newport campus and in a hybrid classroom/online format.

Program Spotlight: Opening Doors

 Graduate certificates are scholarly and practical additions to a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. They can expand on a business background or augment another major with timely applications for work in various fields. 

Dr. Arlene Nicholas, associate professor

Our Faculty

Our faculty generate new thinking in their fields and have a genuine impact on current business practices. Intimate class setting create rich academic environments where faculty assume a mentoring role while also providing career advice and lending their networking knowledge to graduates seeking employment.

 

Meet Our Faculty

Certificates in Business

Students in good academic standing may apply the courses taken for the Certificate of Graduate Studies toward the 12 courses required for an MBA or M.S. in innovation and strategic management.

CGS in Business Studies

4 courses | 12 credits

Working with the graduate program director, students may propose a CGS in business studies with an individualized course of study aimed at meeting personal career and academic goals. Prerequisites as indicated in the course descriptions are required unless specifically waived by the program director.

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CGS in Human Resource Management

4 courses | 12 credits

Required courses:

  • MGT503: Business Law
  • MGT509: Human Resources Management
  • MGT540: Social Justice and Business Ethics
  • MGT555: Organizational Transformation and Change or MGT567: Creative Problem-Solving

    Learn more about costs, financing and success rates for this program.

    CGS in Management

    4 courses | 12 credits

    Required courses:

    • MGT502: Managing in a Global Economy
    • MGT540: Social Justice and Business Ethics

    Students also choose two elective courses in management.

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    CGS in Nonprofit Management

    4 courses | 12 credits

    Required courses:

    • MGT509: Human Resources Management
    • MGT550: Nonprofit Management
    • MGT551: Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofits
    • MGT552: Nonprofit Financial Management

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    CGS in Social Entrepreneurship

    4 courses | 12 credits

    Required courses:

    • MGT524: Entrepreneurial Enterprises
    • MGT525: Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
    • MGT554: Business Foresight and Futuring

    Students also choose one of the following:

    • MGT530: Building Value Through Marketing
    • MGT551: Fundraising and Marketing for Nonprofits
    • MGT567: Creative Problem Solving
    • MGT569: Managerial Decision-Making or relevant special topics course

    Learn more about costs, financing and success rates for this program.