2008-2009 Graduate Business Certificates

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

Program Director: Ann Mackin
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 12 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 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:
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 542E Special Topics in Financial Accounting
MBA 543E Special Topics in Managerial and Cost Accounting
MBA 544E Business Combinations
MBA 545E Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting
MBA 666E Special Topics in Accounting & Taxation

Choose one of:

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

2
2
2
2
1

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:
Accounting, Economics, 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 Financing New Ventures
MBA 626E Case Studies in Entrepreneurship
Four credit hours of electives approved by advisor
3
2
3
4

IV.

Elective Certificate Courses

6

Six credit hours chosen from electives below, or approved by 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 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:
Accounting, Economics, Finance, 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

14

 

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
2
3

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

20

Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Prerequisite Courses

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

II.

Required Certificate Courses

15

 

MBA 562E Investments and Analysis
MBA 615E Personal Financial Planning & Insurance
MBA 616E Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits
MBA 641E Individual Income Taxation
MBA 642E Estate and Tax Planning Strategy

3
3
3
3
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 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

2

 

MBA 665E Strategic Marketing

2

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)

15