Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership

Department of Business and Information Technology

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Admission Requirements   |   Graduate Degrees

Program Description:

The graduate certificate in management and leadership provides students with the knowledge required to manage and lead technological enterprises through knowledge of negotiations, strategy, teambuilding and leadership, and/or project management.

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Admission Requirements:

The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS, MS or PhD degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines. In order to receive a graduate certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken. Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. The courses in the certificate program are offered such that students can complete the program in a timely manner.  If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the Master of business administration or to the master of science in information science and technology.  The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count toward the MBA program or the MS in information science and technology degree program.  

Once admitted to the certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken.

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The graduate certificate in management and leadership program consists of four 3-credit hour courses (12 credit hours of course work). Students will be responsible for prerequisite knowledge as determined by course instructors and listed in the Graduate Catalog


  • BUS 6121: Teambuilding and Leadership

Choose any three of the following:

  • IS&T 5168/Philos 4368 Law and Ethics in E-Commerce 
  • IST 5251: Technological Innovation Management and Leadership
  • IST 6261: Advanced Information Systems Project Management
  • BUS 6111: Advanced Business Negotiations 
  • BUS 5470: Human Resource Management 
  • BUS 5580: Strategic Management 
  • BUS 6150: Advanced Customer Focus and Satisfaction 
  • EMGT 5320: Project Management 

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Course Descriptions:

     Course description can be found in the catalog at

Graduate Degrees:

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Business Administration (MBA) 
Information Science and Technology (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2017-18 school year(defined as the period between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018)

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