Business Certificate

  • Credits: 16
  • Degree:
    Management Certificate

Program Description

The certificate program provides an overview of business functions such as accounting, marketing and finance and prepares students to manage the business aspects of an organization. Students become familiar with the essential concepts, processes and best practices in each of these areas. They develop analytical and decision making skills and learn to think strategically in terms of markets, technology and resources.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • become well-rounded managers familiar with all aspects of an organization
  • gain the ability to manage human, financial and informational resources in their organization
  • be prepared for positions within the functional areas of a business

Careers

Graduates will be ready to secure jobs within the business functions of an organization or in general management positions or to pursue career advancement within their industry. Jobs titles may include:

  • Sales associate or manager
  • Marketing analyst or manager
  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Human resources manager
  • General manager

Curriculum


Required Courses
12
Credits
Financial Accounting
MMG 520 3 credit(s)
Financial Accounting covers the four basic financial statements and the way they are used by decision makers. Fundamentals and principles of accounting are discussed along with key concepts underlying accounting systems. Students learn the framework of debits and credits used in posting. The course has a focus on interpretation, analysis and communication of financial data. It covers balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, statements of retained earnings, and required SEC 10K filings. Students learn dual entry - accrual accounting with a focus on analysis of key ratios derived from financial statements for internal management. Special attention is given to accounting for assets, liabilities and owner’s equity. Additional topics include generally accepted accounting principles (GAP), the Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, and ethics in accounting.
Decision Techniques for Managers
MMG 525 3 credit(s)
(Formerly MMG510) Prerequisites: basic spreadsheet skills and successful completion of a course in Business Mathematics (or equivalent math skills). As today’s managers face decisions, they have access to more data than ever, and risk confusion unless they can effectively screen the data for useful information. This course provides students with the knowledge and appropriate use of basic descriptive and inferential statistical procedures for management applications, and builds a foundation of analytical and quantitative skills. Topics include: data collection, measures of location and variability, graphical procedures, index numbers, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing, times series and regression analysis. Emphasis is on understanding and applying the procedures. Spreadsheet and statistical computer programs are used in the class.
Marketing Management
MMG 733 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG 511 recommended. This course provides a basic overview of the marketing management process, oriented primarily to the non-marketing specialist. It examines the role of marketing in a variety of organizations - product/service, public/private. It introduces students to the analysis of an organization’s market environment, and the development of marketing programs designed to achieve organizational goals. Topics covered include the analysis of markets, buyers and competition; the identification and selection of target markets; the design of product, pricing, distribution and communication programs appropriate to selected markets; and the planning, implementation and control of the marketing effort. The course emphasizes the practical utility of marketing tools and concepts through the use of case studies and application to the students’ own work environment. The course also attempts to create a heightened awareness of the global interrelationships affecting marketing, and the societal implications of marketing decisions.
Human Resource Management
MMG 740 3 credit(s)
Changes in the social and legal environment, and the workforce, make it increasingly difficult for organizations to manage relations with employees. The Human Resources Manager needs to be able to formulate organization-wide human resource policies which result in competitive strategy, efficiency and effectiveness, and which are consistent with the organization’s culture and environment. The interests of many stakeholders have to be reflected in such policies — employees, unions, communities and government. The course helps students identify and understand Human Resources Management issues, develop skills in diagnosing situations, discuss effective approaches to problems and assess the comparative effects of immediate action and long-term policies.
Elective Course
3
Credits

Choose one.

Additional elective: MMG561 Business Law

Managerial Accounting
MMG 521 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG520. This course examines the application of accounting principles and procedures to the planning and control functions of management. The emphasis is on costs, cost-profit relationships, measures of performance, and uses of accounting in long-range planning. Topics will include cost accounting techniques, overhead allocations, standard cost, profit planning and responsibility accounting.
Managing a Diverse Workforce
MMG 560 3 credit(s)
Current business conditions are surveyed, and participants are introduced to the link between the business agenda and human capital. Since the workforce is critical to the success of the American business agenda, much of this course is dedicated to the development of competencies necessary to manage a diverse workforce. This course is for professionals dealing with issues of differences and diversity in contemporary organizations.
Project Management Concepts and Practices
MMG 710 3 credit(s)
In this course, students will learn how to use the concepts, tools and techniques of project management in order to successfully manage system development projects. System development project failures are generally failures of management, not failures of technology. Good management, along with an understanding of the appropriate use of technology, is therefore essential. Students will learn, in particular, how to apply the concepts, tools and techniques of project management in today's dynamic, digital business environment, where projects must be brought to completion under increasingly compressed timeframes and where decisions must be made under conditions of uncertainty.
Management Information Technology
MMG 715 3 credit(s)
This course provides an understanding of how information technology may be efficiently and effectively used in the business environment. Students get an overview of hardware, software, file/database concepts, systems analysis and design methodologies. The complex integration of hardware, software, data, procedures and personnel that is required for managing information systems is addressed. The impact of constantly changing information technology upon the organization and the management of the firm is discussed.
Financial Management
MMG 725 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG520 or DMG506. The major goal of the financial manager is to maximize the value of the firm. Accordingly, this course focuses on analysis and interpretation of financial data from the income statement, balance sheet and the statement of cash flows, for decision making. Powerful planning and control tools such as pro forma budgeting and break-even analysis are introduced, as well as the concepts of operational and financial leverage. Students learn how to estimate the amount of cash an organization will need in its operations. One key focus of the course is on capital budgeting, based on the concepts of the time value of money. This includes calculations of future value (FV), present value (PV), net present value (NPV), internal rate of return (IRR) and payback period.
Global Business
MMG 732 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG511. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the dominant themes and theories of global business. The course consists of a fundamental study of the nature of business and its environment. In the course of our study we will examine managerial functions and processes in a global context.
Business Planning
MMG 734 3 credit(s)
This course allows students to learn about business development, new product/service planning, feasibility analysis and trends in innovation. During this course, students will learn how to test new products, forecast financial needs, and analyze market requirements. The basis of competition for new products/services, major traits of successful new ventures, market situation analysis, opportunities for professional challenge, common pitfalls and ways to avoid them will be addressed.
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
MMG 735 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG511. This course examines the major characteristics of a self-employment venture and the issues facing the person starting or managing a small business. The focus is on the opportunities, risks, issues and problems facing the entrepreneur. Techniques learned in other management courses are integrated and applied to small businesses. Students prepare a business plan for a small business which defines the business concept and provides an integrated strategy for starting up or expanding a business.
The Manager as Negotiator
MMG 746 3 credit(s)
Effective managers must be able to deal successfully with limited resources, divergent interests of people, and organizational conflict. This course improves skills in negotiation and joint decision-making that students can apply immediately. Emphasis is on integrative bargaining and problem-solving. Students learn the theory and tactics for understanding and diagnosing a conflict, planning for negotiations, and implementing an effective conflict resolution strategy.
Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems
MMG 522 3 credit(s)
This course provides an overview of computer information systems. Students will be presented with the core information systems principles, offered an overview of the information systems discipline and will learn about the changing role of the information systems professional. This course will enable students, regardless of their field, to understand and use fundamental information systems principles so that they can function more efficientlty and effectively as workers, managers, decision makers and organizational leaders.
Total Quality and Operations Management
MMG 713 3 credit(s)
Operations Management is the process by which an organization converts inputs (facilities, equipment, labor, etc.) into outputs (services and goods). This conversion process involves management functions including planning, acquisition and utilization of resources, control and evaluation. Total Quality Management (TQM) is a way for businesses and organizations to improve the quality of business processes and performance. This course develops an appreciation of the TQM concept as well as the distinctions and relationships between the operations function and other functions of the organization.
Advanced Project Management
MMG 795 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: MMG710 or two years practical experience managing projects. In this class, students will learn advanced project management techniques and how and when to apply them in planning, executing, and controlling projects. Building on the fundamental skills in MMG710 Project Management Concepts and Practices, students will develop a project plan, then simulate plan execution by responding to project risks, scope changes, quality issues. Students will learn proven techniques for planning for and addressing project risks and quality, as well as standard reporting mechanisms for monitoring and controlling project progress.
Directed study
1
Credits

Choose one.

Introduction to Project Management
DMG 602 1 credit(s)
This course explores the major issues and techniques of project management. It has been designed to provide the students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to plan and manage projects within their organizations.
Drafting Business Contracts
DMG 603 1 credit(s)
This course is designed for students who have completed at least one of the following courses: MMG746, MMG747, or MMG748, and/or those who are interested in developing a basic understanding of the mechanics of creating a formal contract. When one has completed a negotiation, whether using a hardball (distributive) or an interest-based (integrative) approach, the time comes when it is necessary to analyze (memorialize) the agreement by putting it into writing in the form of a legal and binding contract. Through this directed study students will develop the skills and resources to create such a document. The focus will be on the legal elements of a contract; the ramifications, legal and otherwise, of “loopholes” within contracts; and the basic law governing contracts in the United States.
Statistical Analysis Using Spreadsheets
DMG 621 1 credit(s)
Previous experience with Windows and spreadsheets preferred. This course helps students use spreadsheets to develop complete analysis and presentations. Using Microsoft Excel, this course reviews the fundamentals of spreadsheet design, creation and formatting. Students learn how to create graphs and charts, and how to perform a variety of time-series, financial and statistical calculations. They learn to perform “what if” analyses and use spreadsheets for simple descriptive statistics and regression analysis.
Special Topics in Mgt: Current Economy- How Should a Mgr Respond
DMG 607 1 credit(s)
This one credit course will examine the causes behind current economic problems and the impacts on managers and investors. The responses of the public, private and non-profit sectors and likely results from their actions will be discussed. The course will look at future projections for the economy and ways of evaluating those projections to provide a practical guide for managers on how they should respond to the various options presented to them. (Students should have taken MMG511 before taking this course. A prior course in economics is recommended but not required.)
Emergency Management of Natural and Man-Made Disasters
DMG 608 1 credit(s)
This course is for managers responsible for ensuring that their organizations are prepared for response, mitigation, and recovery from mass casualty disasters both natural and man-made. Emergency management is prioritized by lives and property saved by improved responses and mitigation., Cases of past and future fatalities from mass disasters are presented, with examples of lives saved and lost by emergency management. Students prepare one-page personal disaster preparedness plans for home and work sites for diverse disaster threat-and-response characteristics.
Social Media Marketing
DMG 604 1 credit(s)
With the rise of social media and the abundance of devices that allow people to be connected 24/7, marketing is experiencing a dramatic shift from traditional print, radio and broadcast to social media. Social media allows brands to communicate, listen and respond faster than it was ever possible before. After this course, you will understand the elements of social media marketing; how to create and implement a strategy; and how to use tools to analyze the effectiveness of your social media strategy.
Developing a Business Plan
DMG 615 1 credit(s)
Developing a Business Plan is a hands-on course that provides students with the basics of how to develop a business plan. Students learn how to describe the business, how to use a structured coaching process to write the business plan, and how to use the business plan to anticipate key issues. The course covers (1) business plan basics including: who needs to write a business plan, when to write one, how long it should be, what a business plan can and cannot do, the risks of writing a business plan, (2) the elements of a business plan, (3) how to develop the plan and (4) ways to enhance a business plan.
Business Solutions Using the Internet
DMG 623 1 credit(s)
The use of Internet-based technology by business and other organizations to improve productivity and to enhance customer value is examined. Students look at evolving business models, and the implications of these technologies for individuals, organizations and the economy. Topics covered include trends in electronic commerce, the use of Web based technology, intranets and extranets, and their function in knowledge management and customer service delivery. Privacy, security, intellectual property and governance issues are also examined. Students do a final presentation on the business use of Internet technology and/or a design for an organizational Web site or intranet.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

General Requirements

All applicants need to have a basic familiarity with computers, email and word processing, and must provide us with:

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé

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State Requirements

College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more

International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.

Tuition

  • Credits:
    16
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $557
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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