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National University Volume 86B-2 Catalog - April 2024

Post-Master’s Certificate in Business


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Post-Master’s Certificate


Description of Program


In order to earn a Post-Master’s Certificate, students must complete six courses (18 credit hours) within the chosen Post-Master’s Certificate program. With the exception of the General Business program, each Post-Master’s Certificate program is prescribed, meaning students can only take what is listed for the particular Post-Master’s Certificate program (students may not substitute alternative courses with the exception of the School of Business and Economics doctoral level elective course). Students must complete all six courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in order to receive the certificate.

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Basis for Admissions


Admission to the Post-Master’s Certificate program requires a completed master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or university.

Scope


6 Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master’s Certificate specialization. Courses taken as part of a University master’s program cannot be applied towards a Post-Master’s Certificate program.

Certificate Requirements


The University may accept a maximum of 3 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to the University’s Post-Master’s certificate program. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited college or university within the last seven years with a grade of “B” or better. See the 

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The Post-Master’s Certificate has the following graduation requirements:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred master’s level or higher degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma

Time to Completion


The University allows 2 years to complete all certificate programs.

The median time to completion for this program is 14 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 10 months.

Post-Master’s Certificate Transfer into a Doctoral Sequence


Specialization coursework completed as part of a doctoral degree, where a degree was conferred, cannot be applied towards a Post-Master’s Certificate program.

  • Coursework completed within a Post-Master’s Certificate program may be applied towards the specialization sequence within a doctoral program.
  • Applying Post-Master’s Certificate coursework towards a doctoral degree is contingent upon coursework and degree relevance under the most current doctoral degree program version.

Advanced Accounting


This Post-Master’s Certificate prepares students for careers in auditing, corporate accounting, and accounting positions in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Students will develop knowledge to pursue advanced positions in management, such as chief financial officer or controller, going beyond preparation of financial statements to calculate and analyze strategic business decisions.

Doctoral Level Elective


The Post-Master’s Certificate allows students to select one course from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours at the doctoral level (7000 or 8000) offered from the School of Business and Economics.

Financial Management


This Post-Master’s Certificate specialization explores the analysis of relevant financial and non-financial organizations. Topics covered include investment management, management of financial institutions, assessment of financial statements, and international financial issues. Administrators, managers and accountants who want to develop financial management skills will benefit from this Post-Master’s Certificate.

Doctoral Level Elective


The Post-Master’s Certificate allows students to select one course from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours at the doctoral level (7000 or 8000) offered from the School of Business and Economics.

General Business


The General Business Post-Master’s Certificate program allows students to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals.
Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours for the Post-Master’s Certificate in General Business.

Students must take at least four doctoral level business content courses and may take up to two courses from a Post-Master’s Certificate offered in other fields to fulfill their General Business certificate requirements.

Additional courses (i.e., more than two courses) from other disciplines may be considered to fill this requirement, with Dean approval.

Note


Courses listed are examples and upon acceptance to the program, the initial degree plan will include these courses. Students are encouraged to choose their General Business certificate courses based on personal and professional goals and to work with their Academic and Finance Advisor to revise their degree plan.

Doctoral Level Elective


The Post-Master’s Certificate allows students to select one course from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours at the doctoral level (7000 or 8000) offered from the School of Business and Economics.

Project Management


Administrative and management professionals who want to become proficient in project management will benefit from this specialization. This specialization focuses on applying principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Curriculum provides training in planning, project control, effectively working with teams to improve performance, providing leadership, and delivering projects on time and on budget.

Doctoral Level Elective


The Post-Master’s Certificate allows students to select one course from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours at the doctoral level (7000 or 8000) offered from the School of Business and Economics.

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