2005 - 2006 Graduate Business Certificates

Accounting | Business Economics | Entrepreneurship | Finance | Financial Planning | Information Resource Management | International Business | Marketing | Graduate Elective Courses | MBA Course Descriptions | MTECH Course Descriptions

Program Director: Gaylen Bunker
Graduate Coordinator: Shelley Kelson

Graduate Certificates are available as a program of graduate business study for individuals who:

  • currently possess a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue graduate certification in a specific business discipline with or without the completion of an MBA.
  • already possess a graduate business degree and wish to enhance or update their skills.
  • are completing a MBA or MBATM degree and desire additional specialization in a single business discipline.

Between 15 and 18 graduate semester hours are required to complete a Graduate Certificate. A minimum of 12 of these semester hours must be taken at Westminster, unless the certificate is done in conjunction with the Master of Business Administration Degree. Students who desire to complete more than one graduate certificate may apply required course and/or elective credits to only one certificate. Individuals without prior undergraduate coursework in business, or who graduated with a business degree five years ago or longer, must complete prerequisite courses as identified in the respective certificate requirements. Students must declare their certificate program with the MBA Graduate Coordinator prior to applying for graduation.

Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Prerequisite Courses

ACCT 350 Intermediate Accounting I (4)
ACCT 360 Intermediate Accounting II (4)

If applicable, completion of:
Accounting and Statistics Foundational Literacy Exams

II.

Required MBA Core Courses

6

 

MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making

2
2
2

III.

Required Certificate Courses

12

MBA 540E Financial Accounting Theory and Practice I
MBA 541E Financial Accounting Theory and Practice II

Choose one of:
MBA 641E Individual Income Taxation (3)
MBA 642E Estate and Tax Planning Strategy (3)
MBA 643E Corporate Income Taxation (3)

Choose one of:
MBA 675E Database Management (3)
MBA 694E Business Systems Analysis & Design (3)

3
3


3




3

TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ACCOUNTING (plus relevant prerequisite course work)

18

* ACCT 454; and ACCT 474 or ACCT 484 may be required for students who wish to sit for the CPA exam.

Graduate Certificate in Business Economics

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Prerequisite Courses

If applicable, completion of:
Economics, Accounting, Quantitative Methods, and Statistics Foundational Literacy Exams

II.

Required MBA Core Courses

5

 

MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics
MBA 661E Econometrics

2
3

III.

Elective Courses

12

MBA 530E International Economics
MBA 535E Macroeconomic Theory
MBA 672E Marketing Research
MBA 693E Business Forecasting

3
3
3
3

TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN BUSINESS ECONOMICS (plus relevant prerequisite course work)

17

Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Prerequisite Courses

If applicable, completion of:
Accounting, Economics, Quantitative Methods, and Statistics Foundational Literacy Exams

 

II.

Required MBA Core Courses

12

 

MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics
MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making
MBA 640C Managing Processes
MBA 645C Value Creation and Delivery

2
2
2
2
2
2

III.

Required Certificate Courses

12

MBA 622E Business Plan Development
MBA 624E Entrepreneurial Finance and Equity
MBA 626E Case Studies in Entrepreneurship
Four credit hours of electives approved by advisor

3
2
3
4

TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP (plus relevant prerequisite course work)

24

Graduate Certificate in Finance

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Prerequisite Courses

If applicable, completion of:
Accounting, Finance, Economics, Quantitative Methods, and Statistics Foundational Literacy Exams

II.

Required MBA Core Courses

6

 

MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making

2
2
2

III.

Required Certificate Courses

15

 

MBA 535E Macroeconomic Theory
MBA 550E International Finance
MBA 690E Investment and Portfolio Management
MBA 691E Advanced Managerial Finance
MBA 693E Business Forecasting

3
3
3
3
3

TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN FINANCE (plus relevant prerequisite course work)

21

Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Prerequisite Courses

If applicable, completion of:
Finance, Economics, and Statistics Foundational Literacy Exams

II.

Required Certificate Courses

15

 

MBA 615E Personal Financial Planning & Insurance
MBA 616E Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits
MBA 641E Individual Income Taxation
MBA 642E Estate and Tax Planning Strategy
MBA 690E Investment and Portfolio Management

3
3
3
3
3

TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN FINANCIAL PLANNING (plus relevant prerequisite course work)

15

Graduate Certificate in Information Resource Management

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required MBA Core Courses

2
 

MBA 610C Data Analysis for Decision Making

2

II. Required Certificate Courses
9

MBA 675E Database Management
MBA 694E Business Systems Analysis and Design
MBA 695E Information Systems Planning and Policy

3
3
3

III.

Elective Courses

3

 

Choose one course from:
MBA 593E Telecommunications & Integrated Information Systems (3)
MBA 655E Management Support Systems (3)

3

TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INFORMATION RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (plus relevant prerequisite course work)

14

Graduate Certificate in International Business

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Prerequisite Courses

 

If applicable, completion of:
Finance, Economics, and Statistics Foundational Literacy Exams

 

II. Required MBA Core Courses
6

MBA 600C The Language of Strategy
MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics
MBA 655C Global Environment of the Firm

2
2
2

III.

Required Certificate Courses

12

 

MBA 510E International Marketing
MBA 520E International Management
MBA 530E International Economics
MBA 550E International Finance

3
3
3
3

TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL BUISNESS MANAGEMENT (plus relevant prerequisite course work)

18

Graduate Certificate in Marketing

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Prerequisite Courses

 

If applicable, completion of:
Economics and Statistics Foundational Literacy Exams

 

II. Required MBA Core Courses
4

MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics
MBA 645C Value Creation and Delivery

2
2

III.

Required Certificate Courses

3

 

MBA 665E Strategic Marketing

3

IV.

Elective Courses

9

 

Choose three courses from:
MBA 510E International Marketing (3)
MBA 672E Marketing Research (3)
MBA 674E Special Topics in Marketing (offerings vary) (3)

9


TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN MARKETING (plus relevant prerequisite course work)

16

Graduate Elective courses

MBA 510E International Marketing 3
MBA 520E International Management 3
MBA 522E Human Resource Management 3
MBA 523E Compensation and Benefits 3
MBA 524E Human Resource Planning and Staffing 3
MBA 530E International Economics 3
MBA 534E Labor Relations Economics 3
MBA 535E Macroeconomic Theory 3
MBA 540E Financial Accounting Theory and Practice I 3
MBA 541E Financial Accounting Theory and Practice II 3
MBA 550E International Finance 3
MBA 560E Entrepreneurship 3
MBA 593E Telecommunications and Integrated Information Systems 3
MBA 611E New Product Development 2
MBA 612E Qualitative Research 2
MBA 615E Personal Financial Planning & Insurance 3
MBA 616E Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits 3
MBA 617E Securities Regulations and Trading 3
MBA 621E Services 2
MBA 622E Business Plan Development 3
MBA 623E Simulation Modeling 2
MBA 624E Entrepreneurial Finance and Equity 2
MBA 626E Case Studies in Entrepreneurship 3
MBA 628E The Process of Innovation 3
MBA 631E Business Valuation 2
MBA 632E Mergers & Acquisitions 2
MBA 641E Individual Income Taxation 3
MBA 642E Estate and Tax Planning Strategy 3
MBA 643E Corporate Income Taxation 3
MBA 648E Special Topics in International Business 3
MBA 653E Internship 1 - 3
MBA 655E Management Support Systems 3
MBA 658E Communication and Interpersonal Skills 3
MBA 659E Special Topics in Management Information Systems 3
MBA 660E Special Topics in Business 3
MBA 661E Econometrics 3
MBA 662E Special Topics in Economics 3
MBA 663E Special Topics in Finance 3
MBA 664E Organizational Development and Change 3
MBA 665E Strategic Marketing 3
MBA 666E Special Topics in Accounting 3
MBA 667E Management Information Systems 3
MBA 668E Directed Studies 1 - 3
MBA 669E Leadership 3
MBA 670E Training and Development 3
MBA 672E Marketing Research 3
MBA 674E Special Topics in Marketing 3
MBA 675E Database Management 3
MBA 677E Development and Future of Management Thought 3
MBA 679E Management Consulting 3
MBA 690E Investment and Portfolio Management 3
MBA 691E Advanced Managerial Finance 3
MBA 693E Business Forecasting 3
MBA 694E Business Systems Analysis and Design 3
MBA 695E Information Systems Planning and Policy 3