Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates prepare participants to serve as responsible leaders and are designed for maximizing on-the-job performance, assuring that our graduates have the business skills, competency and knowledge to succeed in the next phase of their career.


Financial Management Graduate Certificate

The Financial Management graduate certificate prepares participants to serve as responsible leaders in public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Because the need for financial management competence is ubiquitous across organizations, this certificate program welcomes participants from all fields and undergraduate degree backgrounds.

This is a stackable certificate to the Online MBA program (with the Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate and completion of Capstone requirements).

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Identify the problem and select the appropriate tool(s) to resolve the problem.
  • Analyze the problem in order to come to a decision or conclusion.
  • Articulate their ideas collaboratively as part of a team and provide some form of meaningful contribution to the overall team effort.
  • Identify alternatives and consequences regarding an ethical dilemma and support a course of action.

Program Benefits:

  • 100% online
  • Asynchronous (no set meeting times)
  • Simplified application process - no test scores, letters of reference or statement of purpose.
  • Delivered in eight-week blocks each semester.
  • All courses are Quality Matters (QM) certified, meaning they meet rigorous standards of quality.
  • Certificate will show up on academic transcript

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Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate

The Leadership and Management graduate certificate prepares participants to serve as responsible leaders in the public, private and, nonprofit organizations. Because the need for leadership and management competence is ubiquitous across all organizations, this certificate program welcomes participants from all fields and undergraduate degree backgrounds.

This is a stackable certificate to the Online MBA (with Financial Management Graduate Certificate and completion of Capstone requirements).

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Articulate their position and apply their ideas effectively in writing.
  • Articulate their position and apply their ideas orally.
  • Articulate their ideas collaboratively as part of a team and provide some meaningful contribution to the overall team effort.
  • Identify stakeholders related to ethical dilemmas and understand the difference between the ethical and legal aspects of the dilemma.
  • Identify alternatives and consequences regarding an ethical dilemma and support a course of action.

Program Benefits:

  • 100% online
  • Asynchronous (no set meeting times)
  • Simplified application process - no test scores, letters of reference or statement of purpose.
  • Delivered in eight-week blocks each semester.
  • All courses are Quality Matters (QM) certified, meaning they meet rigorous standards of quality.
  • Certificate will show up on academic transcript

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Business Analytics Graduate Certificate

The Business Analytics graduate certificate provides individuals, especially those without analytics job titles or responsibilities but with the burning desire for the field, the opportunity to familiarize themselves with this ever-growing and versatile discipline. The certificate program would also enable these individuals to augment their knowledge base beyond their chosen professions and improve their value to their employers and businesses, or marketability if they choose to change jobs.

Program Benefits:

  • 100% online
  • Asynchronous (no set meeting times)
  • Only 4 courses (12 credit hours) required for certificate completion. View the courses.
  • Accreditation: AACSB, International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Certificate will show up on academic transcript

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The Certified Business Advisor® (CBA) Certificate

The Certified Business Advisor® (CBA) is an on-demand, self-paced eLearning certification program specially designed for professionals who advise small business owners. CBA® is designed for maximum on-the-job performance and provides assurance to clients that its graduates have the business skills, competency and knowledge to effectively counsel, guide and inform entrepreneurs.

Program Benefits:

  • Provides assurance to clients that CBA® graduates have the business skills, competency and knowledge to effectively counsel, guide and inform entrepreneurs
  • Serves as a review of knowledge obtained through education and experience.  CBA® is, in essence, a proficiency exam, and reaffirms the Business Advisor’s knowledge in business basics
  • Contains travel costs and reduces time away from the office
  • Is designed to be applied immediately in the workplace. Students can integrate the material into their jobs while learning instead of waiting until the class ends.  Work and learning become one and the same
  • Answers the need for lifelong learning. CBA® provides a framework for continuing professional development by requiring additional continuing education annually to maintain certification
  • Graduates will receive a certificate of completion issued by Kent State University

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Stackable Certificate Pathway to the Online MBA 

Do you want to increase your business knowledge, but are not sure you want to take on a full master’s program? Our stackable certificate pathway may be right for you: build your degree one step at a time. Start by completing one certificate program at a pace that works for you. If you are motivated to continue, complete the other certificate program.  

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More About Our Ohio-Based Online MBA Program

Serving students in the local markets of Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown, as well as virtual students across the state and country, our Online MBA program is accessible from practically anywhere. Our curriculum is rigorous yet manageable and provides a host of benefits to dedicated professionals who are looking to earn their MBA degree online.

Kent State University's Online MBA program is ranked #26 among the Top 50 Online MBA Programs for 2021, according to The Princeton Review. The Online MBA program is ranked number one by MBA Central, an organization that was formed in 2015 as a resource for editorially unique B-school rankings. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report has awarded our program with the #1 Online MBA program ranking in northern Ohio, and #35 in the nation according to Fortune's Best Online Programs.

The Online MBA program has Quality Matters (QM) Program Design Certification. In addition, all of Kent State’s core MBA courses are Quality Matters certified, meaning they meet rigorous standards of quality. 

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