Graduate Certificates in the Manning School of Business

The College of Management offers graduate certificates in:

Foundations of Business 

Contact: Ryan Masson - phone: 978-934-2848, email: ryan_masson@uml.edu.

Graduate students in the certificate program who are subsequently accepted into the UMass Lowell AACSB accredited MBA program may apply certificate courses with grades of B or better to their MBA degree.

Required Core Courses:

12 Credit Hours - six courses at two credit hours each.

Foundations of Business Certificate Course Information.

Students must hold an undergraduate degree for admission into a certificate program. A GMAT exam is not required for certificate programs. An undergraduate transcript must be supplied by student when applying.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Contact: Michael Ciuchta, Phone: 978-934-2993, Email: Michael_Ciuchta@uml.edu.

Prerequisites: None (although certain course may contain prerequisites).

This certificate assists the aspiring entrepreneur, inventor and mid-career professional in understanding and applying the process associated with starting a new business or creating new business opportunities within established organizations. This program can be tailored to those interested in creating technology-based ventures or Main Street businesses or engaging in corporate entrepreneurship.

The program consists of two required courses (either New Venture Creation, or Corporate Entrepreneurship, AND either Technological Entrepreneurship or Innovation & Emerging Technology) and two electives (see below). Graduate students in the certificate program who are subsequently accepted into the UMass Lowell MS in Entrepreneurship or MBA program may apply applicable certificate courses with grades of B or better to their degree program.

Required Courses: (6 Credit hours, two 3 credit courses)

One of the following:

One of the following:

Elective Courses (6 Credit hours, two 3 credit courses chosen from the following):

* If not used to satisfy required course
** Not offered online
*** Recommended elective if using as pathway to MBA

Admissions Requirements: Undergraduate degree. Related experience in science, engineering, technology or business preferred.

Financial Management - Certificate

Contact: Chun Wang Kim - email: ChunWang_Kim@uml.edu, Phone: 978-934-2516

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Management is a 12 credit program (three two-credit courses and two three-credit courses) designed for non-financial mid-management professionals in the private and public sectors who wish to advance to decision-making positions within their organizations.

Individuals with undergraduate degrees in fields other than business management with finance as the major who wish to acquire additional academic credentials to advance within their organization or who wish to change career paths and improve their competitive position in the job market will benefit from this program. Especially, for many employees working in the technical and scientific fields without any financial background, the Financial Management certificate will provide them with the knowledge needed for decision-making roles within their technical or scientific fields.

Prerequisite:

Required Courses: (9 credits)

Elective (3 credits)

One course from a list of approved courses, which may include courses such as:

Graduate students in the certificate program are encouraged to extend their education further by applying for admission to the M.B.A. program may apply certificate courses with grades of B or better towards their M.B.A. degree requirements.

Supply Chain and Operations Management 

Contact: Yao Chen, phone: 978-934-2764, email: Yao_Chen@uml.edu.

This certificate assists individuals who wish to acquire additional academic credentials to advance within their organization or who wish to change their career paths and improve their competitive position in the job market. Especially, for many employees working in the technical and scientific fields without an operations or industrial engineering background, the program will provide them with the knowledge needed for decision-making roles within their technical or scientific fields. The program is to meet the needs of those mid-career professionals in non-operations positions, who require a greater understanding of operations to advance towards decision-making positions in their organizations, to communicate effectively with operations managers, to pursue new careers in industrial engineering or operations management, or to demonstrate the contribution of their unit and/or ideas to the organization’s value chain.

The certificate requires students to complete 12 hours of graduate study. This consists of four three-credit Supply Chain and Operations Management courses. Graduate students in the certificate program who are subsequently accepted into the UMass Lowell MBA program may apply certificate courses with grades of B or better to their MBA degree.

Prerequisite Coursework (prior to certificate coursework)

Required: 3-credit courses

Admissions Requirements: Undergraduate degree and related experience in science, engineering, technology or business (other areas will be considered in consultation with the program coordinator).

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Contact: Thomas Sloan, phone: 978-934-2857, email: thomas_sloan@uml.edu.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics is a 12-credit program designed for working professionals in various fields (e.g. business, engineering, health sciences, or computer science) who need to gain analytical skills to advance their educational and/or professional goals. Appropriate, successfully completed coursework taken as part of this graduate certificate program can later be applied and transferred either to the MBA degree program (as part of the Business Analytics option) or to the M.S. in Business Analytics degree program.

Admissions Requirements: Undergraduate degree and related experience in business, science, engineering, or technology is required. In addition, all students are required to have taken the following courses:

  • Introductory Statistics, such as ECON.2110 Statistics for Business and Economics I, MATH.2830 Introduction to Statistics, or equivalent.
  • Management Information Systems (MIS), such as MIST.2010 or MIST.6010 Management Information Systems, MIST.2010 Business Information Systems, or equivalent
  • All Applicants must submit an application, application fee, and official transcript to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics Curriculum Outline
Required Elective Courses - Two from each group listed (total Courses required = 4)

Group 1
MIST.6030Database Management3
MIST.6060Business Intelligence & Data Mining3
MISR.6150Data Engineering for Business Analytics3
Group 2
POMS.6120Statistics for Predictive Analytics3
POMS.6220Decision Analytics3
POMS.6240Analytical Decision Making Tools3
Total Credits Required: 12
Curriculum Summary
Total Number of courses required for certificate4
Total Credit Hours required for certificate12

All courses listed above are currently offered on-campus; many of them are also offered on-line. The certificate can be earned through on-campus classes or a combination of on-campus and online classes.

Students who complete the certificate and choose to pursue an MBA degree or MS Business Analytics degree would need to apply for, and meet the requirements of, those respective programs.