Business Certificate Programs at Kent State

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

Our Post Graduate Business Certificate Programs

Making the most of your professional experience post-graduation can mean pursuing additional resources and opportunities to strengthen your expertise. Post graduate certificate programs provide an excellent opportunity to strengthen your knowledge in a specific area, advance your career, and further your education. We encourage students as well as postgraduates to pursue the certificates that align with their interests and career goals.

 

  • Business Analytics
  • Certified Business Advisor® (CBA)
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management (coming Fall 2022)
  • Leadership and Management
Business Analytics Graduate Certificate

The Business Analytics business certificate program provides individuals, especially those without analytics job titles or responsibilities but with the desire to work in 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) Graduate Business Certificate

The Certified Business Advisor® (CBA) is an on-demand, self-paced eLearning graduate business certificate specially designed for professionals who advise small business owners. Out of all our business certificate programs, CBA® is most geared toward maximizing 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.

This nine-session course is comprised of key business tactics that every entrepreneur can benefit from, including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Research studies
  • Sales forecasting
  • Customer relationships
  • Human resources

Visit our CBA course objectives page to learn more about what you can expect while pursuing a Certified Business Advisor® graduate certificate at Kent State.

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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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. Participants who pursue a financial graduate business certificate online are more likely to feel confident working in careers that require basic to advanced levels of financial management skills.

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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Human Resource Management Graduate Certificate (Available Fall 2022)

The Human Resource Management graduate certificate provides participants with a focused set of advanced skills that support advancement in the field of human resources. This certificate program welcomes participants from all fields and undergraduate degree backgrounds. 

Please note that this new certificate will be offered in Fall 2022 – check back this summer for catalog details! 

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Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate

The Leadership and Management business certificate program prepares participants to serve as responsible leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit organizations. Like our other graduate certificate programs, this certificate is designed for maximizing on-the-job performance and instilling confidence as a successful leader. 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. Our leadership and management graduate certificate program requires a minimum total of 10 credit hours.

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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Stackable Certificate Pathway to the Online MBA 

Start by completing either the Leadership and Management Certificate or the Financial Management Certificate. If you are motivated to continue learning, complete both certificates. To add depth to your knowledge and obtain the MBA degree, simply complete the remaining set of capstone requirements. If you choose to pursue an MBA concentration in either Business Analytics or Human Resource Management, you can pick up a third certificate, as well. 

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More About Our Ohio-Based Online MBA Program

Our online business certificate programs serve students in the local markets of Cleveland, Akron, and Youngstown, as well as virtual students across the state and country. This also applies to our Online MBA program, which is accessible to qualified individuals from 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 #23 among the Top 50 Online MBA Programs for 2022, according to The Princeton Review 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. QM or Quality Matters is a nationally recognized nonprofit with the primary purpose of certifying the quality of online course design in order to maximize benefits for participants. You can visit Kent State’s QM’s Research Resources page to learn more.

Business Certificate Programs Can Enhance Your Career Opportunities

Kent State’s graduate certificate programs prepare participants to serve as responsible leaders with the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking capacity needed to face the challenges of a rapidly evolving global economy.

Choose an online business certificate program from Kent State to gain invaluable business skills, competency, and knowledge in your field. If you would like additional information regarding Kent State’s business certificate programs, our academic and admissions offices are ready to help!

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