Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Professionals with graduate degrees tend to work in and with organizations, and most are also called to lead and manage businesses, public agencies, or nonprofit entities. A graduate certificate in business administration will provide to professionals outside the business field some of the foundational skills and tools necessary to lead effectively. For professionals already in business or leadership roles, the graduate certificate is an intermediate step between a bachelor’s and master’s degree in the field.

Master of Business Administration and the Graduate Certificate Within a Master's Degree

The EMU master’s program in business administration (MBA) prepares graduates to make significant contributions to their organizations in ways that also benefit their communities and humanity. The MBA is distinct in its orientation toward promoting the common good and viewing organizational leaders as vital influencing agents in the turn toward a more sustainable future—social, ecological, and economic. This comprehensive lens includes a strong stakeholder approach and an emphasis on ethics and stewardship of the earth and its many resources.
The graduate certificate in business administration is a subset of EMU’s MBA program and is designed to provide administrative skills and tools to professionals who seek, or find themselves in, organizational leadership roles. The 15-hour certificate may be completed in as little as one year, and all credits earned may be applied toward the EMU MBA if students wish to complete the full master’s degree. Certificate graduates are prepared to organize, create and manage organizations, or programs and projects, working to inspire and lead social change for the common good.

Courses – Five 3-hour courses as follows:

OLS510: Leadership and Management for the Common Good (every fall)
OLS530: Organizational Behavior (every spring)
OLS540: Managerial Finance and Accounting I (every spring)
OLS515: Introduction to Leadership Studies (every fall), or select from the Elective List
OLS or MBA free elective selected from the Elective Course List

Elective Course List:

MOL 510: Leadership Seminar (every summer)
OLS610: Strategic Marketing Management (every spring)
MBA555: Human Resource Management (even-year summers)
MBA560: Stewardship, Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship (every summer)
OLS665: Project Management and Grant Writing (every fall)
OLS670: Project Management and Intrapreneurship (every fall)
No GMAT or prerequisite courses required


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