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Business Graduate Certificates

The business skills you need, when you need them. Certified.

At no time in history has there been more demand for professionals which possess excellent communication, leadership, decision-making, and business-analytical skills.

rate as one of the best and most interesting schools in the U.S. by fiske
rated a top return on investment school by forbes
recognized as one of the best business schools of 2019 by the princeton review

How to Apply

Apply today to start next term on Monday, April 29, 2019

Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission consideration.

Complete the Online Application

Apply Now

Admission Requirements for Business Graduate Certificates

Florida Southern College attracts students who demonstrate the academic ability and strong motivation to succeed in challenging graduate courses. Applicants must have completed the graduate non-degree certificate application and submit official transcripts from an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum 3.00+ GPA. The GPA requirement may be waived for applicants that meet any one of the following criteria:

The GPA requirement may be waived for applicants that meet one of the following criteria:

  • At least five (5) years of significant managerial or military experience
  • Beta Gamma Sigma membership
  • An earned terminal degree (e.g. DBA, PhD, JD)
  • Hold an active CPA license
  • Please note, to be eligible to receive the certificate, students must attain a minimum 3.00+ GPA.

Additional International Requirements

  • Official Translated Transcripts With Course By Course Evaluation*
  • Bank Letter Verifying Funds of Sponsor**
  • Sponsor's Guarantee Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score***

* World Education Services, Josef Silny and Associates, Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., or similar approved agency.

** A bank letter is a written statement on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.

*** Must have completed an English language training program or at least one year at an English speaking institution to waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement.

Business Graduate Certificates Delivery Options

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Saturday-hybrid

Classes meet on campus two Saturdays per month, with the remaining coursework completed online, ideal for working professionals who still want face-to-face interactions and networking opportunities.

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Online

Enjoy the flexibility of online delivery! A two-day orientation introduces you to the faculty members and students in your cohort, then you complete coursework online, only coming to campus the last Saturday of each semester for presentations and final exams.

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Networking

Our expert and esteemed faculty are members of professional organizations and the community.

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Flexible Schedule

Most classes meet on campus or online, utilizing an engaged learning structure in both environments.

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Be Competitive

Our comprehensive courses prepare you with practical experiences and knowledge that will provide you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Certificate completion requires enrollment in four graduate level courses (a total of 16 credit hours) to immediately leverage skills and concepts learned upon certification.

Supply Chain Management

This certificate is designed to address challenges to an organization’s internal supply chain and its external suppliers and customers. Supply chain management spans the spectrum from the origination of raw materials to the consumption of finished products and services, and the reintroduction of materials back into another supply chain. The program thus addresses issues revolving around technologies such as additive manufacturing, blockchains, Internet-of-Things; process improvement methodologies like lean, six sigma, theory of constraints; and concepts surrounding sustainability like triple bottom line, cradle-to-cradle strategy and reverse logistics. The supply chain management course emphasizes the importance of processes and relationships while the operations management course reinforces the functional aspects of managing an organization. The lean and six sigma certification course provides a pathway to earning the Greenbelt Certification by incorporating both theory and an industry-oriented practicum. The leadership of self and organization class brings forth, along with other management concepts, theories and application on change management that serves as a source of competitive advantage for organizations and their supply chains. In a nutshell, the supply chain management certificate focus on both the efficiency and effectiveness metrics that reward both the supply chain professionals and their organizations.

Healthcare Management

This certificate prepares candidates with the necessary management and technical skills to provide leadership in a management role within the healthcare industry. By approaching healthcare education from a business perspective, candidates will be equipped with skills and problem-solving capability to possess a stronger knowledge base of the role health policies play in health services administration and how managers can influence policy making. Candidates will examine leadership at the individual, group, organizational and international level to grasp conceptual frameworks for group dynamics and diagnosing organizational problems. Introduction to an overview of current U.S. health policies and their implications through the process of regulation and reform will be emphasized. Additionally, candidates will learn the important roles information technology and use and sharing of clinical and administrative data represent in health care delivery. The graduate certificate program is designed for mid-level professionals in the healthcare sector with at least two years of experience.

Testimonials

Our Supply Chain Management certificate program is taught by industry professionals to allow participants to gain the necessary skills to maintain a competitive edge in an ever-changing marketplace, increase earning potential, and gain knowledge on the latest industry trends and best practices in a rapidly growing career field.

Chuck DuVal, Ph.D., Finance
Associate Professor
Anne and Bill France Chair in Business

Supply chain management deals with processes and relationships both within and between firms. Over 50% of all jobs in any organization are directly linked to supply chain management. As a supply chain professional, you will be directly contributing to the revenue and profits of the firm and making an impact at the strategic, operational and tactical level on a daily basis.

Deepak Iyengar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business David P. and Constance W. Lyons Endowed Chair in Logistics

Under the guidance of our healthcare industry professional faculty, certificate participants will develop skills to appraise, plan, and evaluate decisions in the healthcare environment, facilitate critical collaborations, and earn a competitive advantage with enhanced abilities to lead and manage an organization.

James W. Fenton, Jr., Ph.D.
Dean & Professor of Management
Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise
 

Pursuing a concentration has allowed me to broaden my industry knowledge and explore concepts in greater depth. It also enabled me to better differentiate myself as a job candidate in a competitive marketplace.  Lauren Kenny, MBA '18

Curriculum

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog

Course Descriptions

BUS 6400 Leadership of Self and Organizations (Saturday-hybrid or Online)

An examination of leaders and leadership at the individual, group, organizational, and international  levels.  Also  provides  conceptual  frameworks  for  group  dynamics,  diagnosing  performance problems, designing appropriate organizational interventions and securing stakeholder commitment.

BUS 6730 Supply Chain Management (Saturday-hybrid)

Views the supply chain from the point of view of a general manager. Logistics and supply chain management is all about managing the hand-offs of either information or product. The design of a logistics system is critically linked to the objectives of the supply chain. The focus of this course is understanding how logistical decisions impact the performance of the firm as well as the entire supply chain. This includes understanding the link between supply chain structures and logistical capabilities in a firm or the entire supply chain. The function of supply chain management is to design and manage the processes, assets, and flows of material and information required to satisfy customers’ demands. On the revenue side the supply chain decisions have a direct impact on the market penetration and customer service. The course examines how the combination of enterprise information infrastructure and the Internet has paved the way for a variety of supply chain optimization technologies.

BUS 6740 Lean/Six Sigma Certification (Online)

This course focuses on the practical application of many process flow, quality and data analysis techniques to solve many of the problems that plague organizations today. Focus is on countermeasures developed primarily through the application of lean techniques as well as basic to intermediate qualitative and quantitative statistical techniques utilized within the Six Sigma DMAIC (Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve- Control) roadmap. This course provides the training basis for achieving the skill level of a Six Sigma Green Belt. Lean Six Sigma, with its origins in the teachings of Total Quality Management (TQM) stresses eliminating not only product defects, but six other forms of waste.

BUS 6750 Operations Management (Saturday-hybrid)

Students will learn to explain management systems, project management, quantitative principles, and techniques for the effective planning and utilization of resources within an organization. Emphasis is placed on applying critical thinking skills to solve problems and managerial decision making for the improvement of operational processes and productivity. Apply management theories and resource management practices to successfully lead a dynamic organization. Demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze information and data in order to formulate analytically sound decisions for the planning and utilization of resources. Analyze and apply the strategic decision-making and operational planning process for effectual policy making within an organization. Conduct an analysis of appropriate financial and economic data necessary to support organizational decision making.

Terms Offered

  • Fall Start Timeline: Leadership of Self and Organizations (fall), Lean/Six Sigma Certification (spring), Supply Chain Management and Operations Management (summer)
  • Spring Start Timeline: Lean/Six Sigma Certification (spring), Supply Chain Management and Operations Management (summer), Leadership of Self and Organizations (fall)
  • Summer Start Timeline: Supply Chain Management and Operations Management (summer), Leadership of Self and Organizations (fall), Lean/Six Sigma Certification (spring)

Course Descriptions

BUS 6300 Healthcare Informatics & Decision Making (Online)

Both information technology and use and sharing of clinical and administrative data are an important component of health care delivery. In this course, students are introduced to advanced concepts of information management and use of data in complex decision making as well as core informatics competencies such as project management and systems analysis.

BUS 6400 Leadership of Self and Organizations (Saturday-hybrid or Online)

An examination of leaders and leadership at the individual, group, organizational, and international  levels.  Also  provides  conceptual  frameworks  for  group  dynamics,  diagnosing  performance problems, designing appropriate organizational interventions and securing stakeholder commitment.

BUS 6550 Complex Decision Making (Saturday-hybrid or Online)

Integrates information technology and financial information to facilitate managerial decision making. Current information technology tools are harnessed to make sense of accounting and financial measures and to enable effective decisions. Analysis of case studies allows integration of skills necessary to make wise decisions.

BUS 6650 Healthcare Policy (Online)

Students are introduced to an overview of current US health policies and their implications on health services administration. The course offers an in depth study of the policy making process and explores the relationship between policy making, regulation, and reform within the healthcare industry. A special emphasis is given to the nature and role of health policy studies on management decision making and explores how managers can influence the policy making process for effective health services administration.

Terms Offered

  • Fall Start Timeline: Leadership of Self and Organizations (fall), Healthcare Informatics and Decision Making and Complex Decision Making (spring), Healthcare Policy (summer)
  • Spring Start Timeline: Healthcare Informatics and Decision Making and Complex Decision Making (spring), Healthcare Policy (summer), Leadership of Self and Organizations (fall)
  • Summer Start Timeline: Healthcare Policy (summer), Leadership of Self and Organizations (fall), Healthcare Informatics and Decision Making and Complex Decision Making (spring)
How to Apply

How to Apply

Apply today to start next term on Monday, April 29, 2019

Students are advised to submit applications as early as possible to assure optimal admission and financial aid considerations.

Complete the Online Application

Apply Now

Admission Requirements

Florida Southern College attracts students who demonstrate the academic ability and strong motivation to succeed in challenging graduate courses. Applicants must have completed the graduate non-degree certificate application and submit official transcripts from an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum 3.00+ GPA. The GPA requirement may be waived for applicants that meet any one of the following criteria:

The GPA requirement may be waived for applicants that meet one of the following criteria:

  • At least five (5) years of significant managerial or military experience
  • Beta Gamma Sigma membership
  • An earned terminal degree (e.g. DBA, PhD, JD)
  • Hold an active CPA license
  • Please note, to be eligible to receive the certificate, students must attain a minimum 3.00+ GPA.

Additional International Requirements

  • Official Translated Transcripts With Course By Course Evaluation*
  • Bank Letter Verifying Funds of Sponsor**
  • Sponsor's Guarantee Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score***

* World Education Services, Josef Silny and Associates, Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., or similar approved agency.

** A bank letter is a written statement on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.

*** Must have completed an English language training program or at least one year at an English speaking institution to waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement.

Program Contact

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Kamalie Dodson

Associate Director of Adult and Graduate Admission
863.680.5022