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In today’s competitive business world, it’s vital to get an edge on the competition. Specializing in an in-demand field can give you that edge, as well as prepare you for leadership roles. Earning a Certificate is a smart first step on the path to achieving those goals.
Concordia University Chicago offers three professional certificate programs as well as seven specialized MBA certificates that are innovative, entrepreneurial and ethics-driven. These 100% online programs are designed for professionals who want to develop expertise in a particular discipline and advance into leadership roles.
A Certificate can benefit those seeking:
- Continuing education
- Professional development
- Career advancement
- Preparation for a career change
Ethical leaders with both theoretical and practical knowledge are of critical importance in business. Concordia University Chicago offers innovative programs from a university of distinction. For busy professionals who want to maintain their current job while furthering their education and enhancing their career, the Certificate programs offer a great opportunity.
Today’s economy is now global in reach, and technological innovation has led to new data-driven strategies in many organizations. Getting the top jobs in your chosen field requires specialization, including the latest education on business theory and practical application of those theories.
These specialized online certificates prepare students for those challenges. And at Concordia University Chicago, the emphasis is always on producing leaders who are ethical, innovative and prepared to take on leadership roles in their career field and community.
For professionals who enjoy their career but are ready to make the move into management, there’s never been a better time to earn an online certificate.
Students earn an MBA or professional certificate by taking 12-18 credit hours (respectively) of graduate-level coursework. Graduates receive official recognition on their transcript in a specialized area of study and an MBA Certificate of Completion. All courses are delivered in a 100% online learning environment, which offers students the flexibility and convenience of earning credentials on their own schedule and from anywhere in the world.
To apply for one of the online MBA certificate programs at Concordia University Chicago, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Other admissions requirements are as follows:
- Complete the free online application and submit all required admissions materials:
- Objective Statement – Write a brief statement outlining your education and career goals and explain how a specialized MBA certificate from Concordia University Chicago will help you fulfill those objectives.
- Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree. Full admission requires a cumulative grade point average of 2.85 or better for bachelor’s degrees and 3.0 or higher for master’s degrees.
- Professional Resume – Provide a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including relevant work experience, degrees, certifications, and skills.
International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service. For full requirements, visit the Admission & Tuition page.
NOTE: The specialized MBA certificates are not eligible for federal financial aid unless they are completed as part of an MBA degree program.
There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for the online MBA certificate program at Concordia University Chicago.
In addition to three professional certificate programs in Women’s and Gender Studies, TESOL and Gerontology, Concordia University Chicago offers a choice of specialized MBA certificates in popular and rapidly growing business disciplines. Each consists of four courses that provide expert-level insights into relevant business topics.
MBA Certificate in Digital Marketing
Concordia University Chicago’s MBA certificate in digital marketing provides you with the strategic and analytical skills to guide organizations in a digital world that is overflowing with data on customers, products, and interactions. The four courses within this certificate offer graduate credit. They are designed to help you understand digital marketing strategy and planning, mobile marketing and social media strategies as well as digital marketing analytics. Your organization is demanding that you understand important and appropriate digital metrics and how to use them to analyze and improve digital marketing initiatives and marketing ROI. Prepare yourself for the future and enroll in the MBA certificate in Digital Marketing. 12 credit hours.
- Digital Strategy and Planning
- Digital Marketing Analytics
- Social Media Marketing Communications
- Mobile Marketing
MBA Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Are you interested in learning how to launch new businesses, either within existing companies and industries or by creating entirely new businesses and markets? If you’re interested in taking entrepreneurship courses to guide you toward this goal, a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship might be the right choice for you at this point in your career. Entrepreneurship is one of the most sought-after curricula in business education. The CUC graduate certificate in entrepreneurship will help you develop the skills to conceive, research and test new business concepts and form those concepts into viable new ventures. 12 credit hours.
- New Venture Opportunity Scan
- Pivots on the Problem/Customer Opportunity
- Prototyping/Co-Designing Solutions
- Digital Strategy & Planning
- Business Plan for Entrepreneurial Opportunity
MBA Certificate in Finance
Are you interested in broadening your financial knowledge? Perhaps you are not ready to commit to an MBA program or already possess your MBA. A certificate in finance might be the right choice for you at this point in your career. Finance remains one of the core areas for any globally competitive business school, such as CUC. The CUC graduate certificate is designed for professionals who are currently working in the financial services industry, or who are responsible for making financial decisions, or who want to enter the field. This certificate will help you develop the skills to forecast and analyze information to make sound, ethical financial decisions within a larger global economic perspective. 12 credit hours.
- Fundamentals of Money and Banking
- Advanced Financial Statement Analysis
- International Finance
- Intermediate Corporate Finance
MBA Certificate in Health Care Management
This program addresses the unique attributes of health care organizations. Students are prepared to take on leadership roles and address specific managerial issues encountered in today’s health care economy. Students will develope critical thinking and fundamental business analysis skills. They will leave the program proficient at problem solving the operational and financial challenges that health care administrators face. 12 credit hours.
- Healthcare Systems I
- Healthcare Systems II
- Healthcare Finance and Economics
- Public Policy in Healthcare
MBA Certificate in Leadership and Change Management
Concordia University Chicago’s MBA specialization and certificate in leadership and change management will build the business fundamentals you need to advance your career while focusing on leading people and organizations. The courses are designed to help students understand the value of an array of leadership theories, the intercultural impact of leadership practice, and the intricacies of facilitating strategic change. Students develop servant leadership, interpersonal, and influencing skills to effectively shape group change. Graduates will successfully champion systemic change while achieving their organization’s mission. 12 credit hours.
- The Leader as Trainer, Mentor and Coach
- Leader Development
- Leadership Communication and Decision Making
- Agents of Change
MBA Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management
Concordia University Chicago’s not-for-profit management MBA specialization and certificate courses give students a grounding in the unique legal structure and mission of not-for-profit organizations. Students learn about the rules regarding board formation and governance, grant writing and funding sources. A key objective is to build students skills to the point where they can successfully complete a capstone project on grant writing, management and evaluation. 12 credit hours.
- Introduction to Not-for-Profit (NFP) Organizations
- Financial Management of NFP Organizations
- Topics in Board Governance and Management of Volunteers
- Fund Development and Management
MBA Certificate in Sports Management
By pursuing an MBA specialization or certificate in sports management, you will study the economics of the sports industry, financial responsibility, important legal issues related to sports. The courses will prepare you to assume lead roles in this exciting industry. 12 credit hours.
- Economics of Sports
- Sport Finance
- The Essentials in Law of Sports
- Level the Playing Field: Diversity in Sports