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Graduate Professional Certificates deliver expanded knowledge and enhanced skills without the same investment of time and money required to earn another college degree.

For bachelor degree professionals, credits earned through our Graduate Professional Certificate program will be applied toward a Master of Health Administration, MBA, or Master in Human Resource Management degree.

Areas of Study

In marketing, supply chain management, or any analyst position, analytics knowledge and skill are consistently listed as preferred qualifications. Analytics enables retailers to manage inventory and market products more effectively, manufacturers to operate more reliably, and businesses to better allocate resources for peak efficiency.

In the Business Analytics Certificate program, you will learn the latest analytics tools and techniques for mastering business research and large databases.

Required courses

This course covers fundamental issues in large-scale data management. The course examines issues related to data organization, representation, access, storage, and processing. Discussion includes open source and commercial solutions, with special attention being paid to large distributed database systems and data warehousing. The course introduces technologies and modeling methods for large-scale, distributed analytics. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

Good business decisions and strategy depend on drawing inferences from data. Today businesses gather and store vast amounts of data on customers, markets, and the business itself. In this course students will learn how to predict and explain phenomena in the environment through the gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting of information that makes business decision makers more effective. The course focuses on methods of conducting business research, including data collection and sampling, measurement, hypothesis testing, basic quantitative analysis, and multivariate statistical techniques. Students will design and execute their own analysis of data in a business discipline of their choice. Excel is used extensively in the course as an analysis tool. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

This course presents tools for decomposing complex decisions into constituent parts allowing each part to be solved separately and reintegrated into the overall problem solution. Subjecting complex decisions to a formal decision analysis process provides decision makers with much greater clarity about the true nature and risks inherent in the decision being made and produces more precise estimates of the range of outcomes that each decision option may yield. Decision analysis tools are commonly used to assist decision makers in complex decision environments such as those with multiple quantifiable and non quantifiable objectives, those that create, eliminate, or change options faced in subsequent decision environments, and decision options whose impacts are shaped by risk and uncertainty in current and future environments. Techniques such as decision trees and probability distributions, influence diagrams, the Simple Multi-Attribute Technique (SMART), Monte Carol simulations, Bayesian analysis scenario planning, and others will be discussed. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

Data mining is the process of selecting, exploring, and modeling large amounts of data to find patterns and gain insights for making actionable knowledge. Several data mining techniques will be applied to large data sets from different business areas to support business decision making. This course will introduce students to data mining tools, techniques, and the various problems that can be solved using the tools and techniques. Students will learn to select appropriate analysis methods, use statistical software to apply those methods, and critically evaluate and communicate the results. Prerequisites: MGMT 555 Business Research Methods, or permission of the instructor. 3 graduate credits.

Prerequisites

  • Micro/Macro Economics
  • Statistics
  • Basic skills using Microsoft® Excel

Healthcare is the largest and fastest growing industry, seeing rapid changes in how and where medical care is delivered and financed. Healthcare needs managers who understand the unique issues of that dynamic environment.

The Healthcare Management Certificate provides you with knowledge needed to understand today’s complex healthcare environment and succeed as a manager in a modern healthcare organization.

Required courses 

This course examines the unique environment of healthcare and the challenges confronting managers in that environment. Topics examined include marketing healthcare services, recruiting and retaining staff necessary for meeting mission, the strategy of healthcare services delivery, healthcare informatics, and decision making in the healthcare marketplace. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

In this course, students will study human health, both national and personal, from an economic perspective. Further, students will analyze the ways in which healthcare services are demanded and supplied. Topics include: the value of health from an individual and societal perspective; the demand for physicians’ and other health services; the supply of healthcare; the demand for and the supply of health insurance; international comparison of healthcare expenditures; cost-benefit analyses of public policies and medical interventions; and the role of government in related healthcare markets. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

This course provides an overview of legal issues associated with healthcare, including HIPAA and Medicare fraud and abuse, and the regulatory and accreditation environments of Medicare, Medicaid, JCAHO, and OSHA. Ethical issues associated with the practice of medicine and decision-making in the healthcare environment are also examined. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

One Elective Course

Prerequisite

  • Statistics

The Human Resource Management Certificate provides an advanced level of understanding that enables you to evaluate the internal and external environments, using data driven management techniques that align HR practices with business strategy, delivering value to the organization.

Choose the HR courses you need to advance your career in this flexible certificate program.

Required courses (Choose any 4):

This course examines the strategic role of human resource information systems (HRIS) in the effective management of organizations, operationally and strategically. Students and faculty will examine how to determine organizational readiness and need for an HRIS and the factors that assist in the selection and evaluation of an appropriate HRIS. HRIS concepts will be linked to HR activities such as performance management, compensation and benefits, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, labor relations, and human resource planning, as well as enterprise computing needs. Students will gain knowledge of the process of implementing, managing, securing, and using data and information stored in electronic HRIS databases. Prerequisites: None.

This course examines the high priority legal issues in today’s current HR environment. Working from a basis of laws and regulations governing the employment relationship, students and faculty examine how federal and state legislation, court and administrative decisions, and regulatory processes are changing interviewing, hiring, promotion, performance assessment, termination, diversity, privacy, safety and health, and union-management relations practices in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the impact of changes in law and regulations and determining both operational and strategic impacts of those changes on organizational practices. Prerequisites: None.

Various methods for acquiring the critical skills needed to produce products and services are examined in this course. In addition to the traditional staffing topics of recruiting, selecting and retaining employees, outsourcing and importing human resources to meet organizations’ strategic skill and knowledge needs will be examined. Other topics may include equal employment opportunity, human resource planning, determination of staffing needs, internal and external recruitment strategies, selection interviews, tests and assessment procedures, placement, promotion, transfer policies and retention strategies. Prerequisites: MGMT 561 Measurement Strategies & Methods in HR Management or MGMT 555 Business Research Methods.

This course examines the goals of the organization in its employment of human resources including the use of reward systems, monetary and non-monetary, intrinsic and extrinsic, in the motivation of goal-oriented behavior as a major factor in influencing people’s actions in the workplace. The effects of reward systems on recruiting, performance, satisfaction and tenure are examined. The course also explores pay system components such as entry position rates, job evaluation systems, merit pay plans, and employee income security systems. Legal aspects of reward systems, such as federal wage and hour laws and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, are examined. The value of healthcare benefits to organizations and employees is also discussed. Prerequisites: None.

This course is an introduction to behavioral concepts and organization best practices related to training and developing human resources. Emphasis is placed on the investigation and development of proactive strategies to align the knowledge and skills of the organization’s employees with those needed to realize the organization’s strategic goals. Learning technologies for delivering training content are explored within the context of aligning training and development strategy with organizational needs. Prerequisites: None.

Managers and human resource professionals must have a good understanding of performance management principles in order to coach managers in managing employee performance. This course focuses on the underlying principles of performance management and ways to intervene early to manage behavioral problems. Topics to be covered include an overview of performance management, methods for motivating staff, coaching employees, including executives, for success, establishing performance plans, and conducting performance evaluations. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

Prerequisites:

  • Statistics
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management

Whether manufacturers, retailers, healthcare, or organizations in other industries, highly efficient supply chains give organizations competitive advantage.

The Supply Chain Management Certificate provides you with tools to identify, access, and acquire resources your organization needs to advance customer needs and succeed financially.

Required courses

This course examines the fundamental concepts of supply chain management. Topics include the roles and responsibilities of the purchasing function, supplier relationship management and development, contract development, negotiations, and management, strategic sourcing, strategy, purchasing ethics, and more. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

This course looks at supply chain management as a logistical system. Topics include inventory management and warehousing, including inventory turnover, process management, customer satisfaction, and investment recovery. Delivery issues, including sourcing vs. in-house systems, are examined. Measuring the performance of the entire supply chain is emphasized. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

This course examines the use of various individual technologies and technology systems to enhance the performance of the supply chain function in organizations. Technologies examined include RFID and auto-dispensing devices, barcode systems, route optimization software, and others. Systems such as enterprise resource planning systems, work management, purchasing, inventory, and accounts payable, as well as e-commerce and e-marketing technologies, are examined for their strategic value to organizations. Technology implementation design and management is also examined with a focus on performance measurement. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

This course explores the vital relationship between business and the legal, political and social environments, and the impact of self-regulation, market regulation, and government regulations on corporate behavior. Specific topics will include ethics and corporate social responsibility, occupational and industrial codes of conduct, antitrust problems, corporate governance, securities markets, the employee-employer relationship, employment discrimination, consumer protection, product liability, environment policy and social and legal issues of multinational business. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.

Prerequisites

  • Micro/Macro Economics
  • Statistics
  • Management Information Systems

Admission Requirements

  1. Have a bachelor's degree
  2. Meet the prerequisite course requirements
  3. Apply online
  4. Interview

Prerequisites are waived for those holding graduate management degrees.

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