Graduate Business Certificates

Graduate certificates allow professionals to increase marketability, strengthen knowledge in an area vital to business and leadership, and enhance earning potential. Each certification is a collection of four courses within a content area for a total of 12 credit hours.

Anyone who has completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school is eligible to enroll in graduate certificate courses.

Finance

The certificate offers an enhancement of financial decision-making skills in organizational systems thinking. Students will examine corporate finance, investment decision making, the role of financial institutions, and complexities of international financial markets through practical application.

Finance Courses

Choose 12 hours from the following:

MBA 554 Managerial Finance

MGE 5400 North America and the European Union: London, England

FIN 510 Investments 
In this course, students will discriminate the complexities of investments, portfolio management, and security analysis. Students will manage an investment portfolio, distinguishing risk and return, diversification, and the impact of economic and market variables. (3 credits)

FIN 520 International Finance
This course introduces students to the financial complexities of operating a multinational firm. Students will examine the international financial environment, specifically the risks and opportunities created by changes in exchange rates and the use of the global markets as sources of financing. Students will debate taxation and current issues in international finance. (3 credits)

FIN 530 Financial Institutions
In this course, students will appraise the world of financial institutions including money and banking. Valuing stocks, bonds, derivatives, and other capital assets are central topics in this course. Students will analyze how technology shapes emerging trends in cash management and investing. (3 credits)

FIN 540 Corporate Finance
In Corporate Finance, students examine the financial operations of a business, focusing on capital budgeting and cash flow. Trend analysis and the ethical management of financial documents are included in the study. (3 credits)

FIN 550 Advanced Financial Planning 
In this course, students create a financial plan that addresses the entire spectrum of personal finance from credit and insurance needs to estate and retirement planning. Students assess the impact of government requirements related to estate planning issues and the tax advantages of certain investments. (3 credits)

FIN 560 Government Finance
Students in Government Finance examine the revenues and expenditures of federal and state government. Students review government budgeting practices and policies, taxation, and spending, and their impact on society. (3 credits)

Health Care Administration

The certificate focuses on one of the nation’s fastest growing and most challenging industries: health care administration. Students will develop foundational knowledge, explore health care policy, look at politics and ethics, and explore organizational adaptability, measures and benchmarks in the American health care industry.

Health Care Administration Courses

Choose 12 hours from the following:

HCA 510 American Health Care System
This course is a comprehensive overview of one of the largest industries in the United States, healthcare. Students explore the effects of social, political, organizational, cultural, economic and historical forces on this industry. Features and contours of this evolving and highly complex system are explored including levels of care, technology, and health outcomes. Current trends related to regulation, cost, quality and access are analyzed, with particular emphasis on the complexities and inherent counter purposes of commerce and ethical obligations manifest in healthcare. *Students are encouraged to take this course before enrolling in subsequent HA concentration courses. (3 credits)

HCA 520 Fundamentals of Health Care Administration
Students analyze organizational dynamics and complex operational and regulatory factors that must be aligned to ensure the highest quality care, greatest efficiency and cost effectiveness. Operational divisions, functions, and groups including professional providers, care givers, and support services such as finance management, information services, human resources, plant services, and marketing are explored in relation to their integral value, purpose and function, and their unique perspectives. Emphasis on the creation of an environment of continuous improvement and organizational adaptability and success are explored. Measures and benchmarks of success are integrated throughout the course. *Students are encouraged to take this course immediately following MGE 8251 The American Health Care System and before enrolling in subsequent HA concentration courses. (3 credits)

HCA 530 Health Care Policy and Politics
In this course students examine current public, health profession, and organizational policy at macro and micro levels, as well as trends for the future related to or affecting health care organizations and its consumers. Health industry manager/leader responsibility for organizational assessment, application, and operational change related to policy and politics is explored. Relevant public, professional, and organizational politics are examined within various types of health organization and support industry contexts. Distinction between policy and politics are elucidated throughout. (3 credits)

HCA 540 Health Care Ethics
Students explore the ethical components, dilemmas and obligations in American health care organizations and systems. Specifically, ethical issues related to care giving and bioethics, demographic trends, relationships among organizational professionals and staff, delivery models, securing and allocating scarce resources, and technology are examined. Health care organizational ethics and obligations are analyzed, emphasizing the role of manager/leader in creating an ethical culture of care delivery and cost effectiveness. Various ethical decision-making models are compared and applied to case scenarios. (3 credits)

HCA 550 Information Systems for Health Care Management
Students focus on the increasing presence and reliance on information technology and information systems in health care organizations and systems of all sizes and purposes. Today’s health care manager/leader must understand the use, types, benefits and limitations of information technology on structure, processes and work design. Infrastructure requirements and cost, security, and related regulation and law are reviewed. Selection and alignment of information management with organizational strategic planning to achieve high levels of performance are emphasized throughout. (3 credits)

HCA 560 Hospital Management

Human Resources

The certificate offers a deep exploration of issues related to effective management of human resources in an increasingly competitive business environment. Students will examine the role of the manager through staffing, employee development and retention, employee relations, employment law and global human resources management.

Human Resources Courses

Choose 12 hours from the following:

MBA 535 Human Resources Management

HRM 510 Employment Law
In this course students will investigate the legal and regulatory backdrop for the management of organizational Human Resources. Students will analyze legislation and legal precedents that guide employers’ actions and decisions and affect their relationships with their employees. (3 credits)

HRM 520 Employee Development and Retention
In this course, students explore the employer’s role and responsibility in developing and retaining a highly motivated
workforce in a competitive employment environment. Students will also analyze employees’ roles in managing their own career growth. (3 credits)

HRM 530 Staffing
In this course, students will examine strategies and procedures for the lawful selection of employees. Students will explore effective selection techniques and the organization’s legal responsibilities in recruiting, interviewing, selecting, and hiring employees. (3 credits)

HRM 540 Global Human Resources
Students will examine the challenges of international business and the role of Human Resources in worldwide organizations. Students will differentiate between domestic and international policies, procedures, and strategies for effectively managing human resources in the global environment. (3 credits)

HRM 550 Employee Relations
Students will explore strategies for effectively managing the ongoing relationship between employers and employees. Students will focus upon Human Resource‘s role in fostering organizational ethics, justice, and the fair treatment of employees. (3 credits)

Leadership & Organizational Change

The certificate focuses on the development of organizational leadership skills that employers often expect from upper-level managers. Students will develop an appreciation for social responsibility within nonprofit and corporate environments, group problem-solving strategies, ethical business practices, and the importance of organizational diversity. (Not open to Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership students.)

Leadership & Organizational Change Courses

Choose 12 hours from the following:

MAOL 520 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
In this course, student-leaders will focus on how managers become effective leaders by addressing the human side of business. Student-leaders will integrate effective communication skills through study of conflict resolution and negotiation, coaching and mentoring techniques, and evaluation of individuals, teams, and overall organizational performance levels. (3 credits)

MAOL 530 Corporate Social Responsibility and Accountability
This course is designed for awareness of social, cultural, economic, political, and financial implications and vulnerabilities. Personal values, legal requirements, and ethical standards will be explored in relation to balancing equity for shareholders, customers, and internal and external audiences. Topics will include labor laws, outsourcing, fiscal management, and transparency. (3 credits)

MAOL 580 Sustainability for Future Success
This course will look at growth and sustainability strategies with a focus on current models, frameworks, and measurement systems for long-range business success. Students will develop and determine sustainable business plans for current companies by looking at industry trends, consumer research, financial success, and community responsibility. Creative and innovative approaches to business sustainability will be reviewed and applied. (3 credits)

MAOL 585 Winds of Change
This course is designed to ascertain the impact of internal and external environmental issues (e.g., social, cultural, economic, ethical, legal, political, and financial) on opportunities and risks in global marketplace. After in-depth analysis, student-leaders will determine which dynamics provide a competitive advantage. (3 credits)

MAOL 590 Strategic Leadership: Vision to Implementation
In this course, student-leaders will explore how successful leaders develop a vision for the future, align the organization behind that vision, and motivate people to achieve the vision. The design of effective organizations is dependent upon managing change to achieve superior performance. Students will develop plans for creating and sustaining a climate for corporate growth that adapts through strategic agility and resilience. (3 credits)

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