2012 - 2013 Graduate Business Certificates

Accounting | Business Economics | Entrepreneurship | Finance | Financial Planning | International Business | Marketing | MBA Course Descriptions | MTECH Course Descriptions

Dean: Jin Wang
Graduate Faculty Chair: Michael Keene
Graduate Business Programs Coordinator: Baptiste Prevot
Graduate Business Programs Assistant Coordinator: Diana Dani

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

Between 15 and 24 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 or more years ago 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 Professional Accounting

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Prerequisite Courses  
ACCT 350 Intermediate Accounting I (4)  
ACCT 360 Intermediate Accounting II (4)  
ACCT 454 Auditing (4)  
     
If applicable, completion of:  
MBA 502 Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)  
 
II. Required MBA Core Courses 6
MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control 2
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis 2
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making 2
 
III. Required Certificate Courses 12
MBA 542E Special Topics in Financial Accounting 2
MBA 543E Special Topics in Managerial and Cost Accounting 2
MBA 544E Business Combinations 2
MBA 545E Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting 2
MBA 666E Special Topics in Accounting & Taxation 1
     
Choose one of: 3
MBA 641E Individual Income Taxation (3)  
MBA 642E Estate and Tax Planning Strategy (3)  
MBA 643E Corporate Income Taxation (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:  
MBA 501 Economics Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 502 Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 508 Finance Foundational Literacy (0)  
 
II. Required MBA Core Courses 2
MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics 2
 
III. Elective Courses 15
MBA 530E International Economics 3
MBA 535E Macroeconomic Theory 3
MBA 661E Econometrics 3
MBA 672E Marketing Research 3
MBA 693E Business Forecasting 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:  
MBA 501 Economics Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 502 Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 508 Finance Foundational Literacy (0)  

 

II. Required MBA Core Courses 12
MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics 2
MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control 2
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis 2
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making 2
MBA 640C Managing Processes 2
MBA 645C Value Creation and Delivery 2
 
III. Required Certificate Courses 6
MBA 560E Entrepreneurship 2
MBA 624E Financing New Ventures 2
MBA 634E Business Plan Development 2
 
IV. Elective Certificate Courses 6

Six credit hours chosen from electives below, or approval from advisor

MBA 611E New Product Development (2)  
MBA 626E Lectures in Entrepreneurship (2)  
MBA 627E Social Entrepreneurship (2)  
MBA 628E Marketing New Ventures (2)  
MBA 631E Business Valuation (2)  
MBA 632E Mergers and Acquisitions (2)  
MBA 651E The Nonprofit Organization (2)  
MBA 653E Internship in Entrepreneurship (1–3)  
MBA 658E Communication and Interpersonal Skills (2)  
MBA 668E Directed Studies in Entrepreneurship (1–3)  
 
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:  
MBA 501 Economics Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 502 Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 508 Finance Foundational Literacy (0)  
 
II. Required MBA Core Courses 6
MBA 625C Financial Reporting and Control 2
MBA 630C Financial Design and Analysis 2
MBA 635C Executive Financial Decision Making 2
 
III. Required Certificate Courses 12
MBA 535E Macroeconomic Theory 3
MBA 550E International Finance 3
MBA 562E Investments and Analysis 3
MBA 693E Business Forecasting 3
 
TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN FINANCE
(plus relevant prerequisite course work)
18

Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Prerequisite Courses  
If applicable, completion of:  
MBA 501 Economics Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 508 Finance Foundational Literacy (0)  
 
II.Required Certificate Courses 15
MBA 562E Investments and Analysis 3
MBA 615E Personal Financial Planning & Insurance 3
MBA 616E Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits 3
MBA 641E Individual Income Taxation 3
MBA 642E Estate and Tax Planning Strategy 3
 
TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN FINANCIAL PLANNING
(plus relevant prerequisite course work)
15

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Westminster College does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, Certified Financial PlannerTM and marks. CFP® certification is granted solely by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to individuals who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met ethics, experience and examination requirements.

Graduate Certificate in International Business

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Prerequisite Courses  
If applicable, completion of:  
MBA 501 Economics Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 508 Finance Foundational Literacy (0)  
 
II. Required MBA Core Courses 6
MBA 600C The Language of Strategy 2
MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics 2
MBA 655C Global Environment of the Firm 2
 
III. Required Certificate Courses 12
MBA 510E International Marketing 3
MBA 520E International Management 3
MBA 530E International Economics 3
MBA 550E International Finance 3
 
TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (plus relevant prerequisite course work) 18

Graduate Certificate in Marketing

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Prerequisite Courses  
If applicable, completion of:  
MBA 501 Economics Foundational Literacy (0)  
MBA 506 Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)  
 
II. Required MBA Core Courses 4
MBA 620C Understanding Market Dynamics 2
MBA 645C Value Creation and Delivery 2
 
III. Required Certificate Courses 2
MBA 665E Strategic Marketing 2
 
IV. Elective Courses 9
Choose three courses from: 9
MBA 510E International Marketing (3)  
MBA 672E Marketing Research (3)  
MBA 674E Special Topics in Marketing (offerings vary) (3)  
 
TOTAL CORE AND ELECTIVE HOURS FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN MARKETING
(plus relevant prerequisite course work)
15