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Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates in the Manning School of Business

The Manning School of Business offers graduate certificates in:

AnalyticsBusiness Analytics

Contact: Luvai Motiwalla, phone: 978-934-2754, email: Luvai_Motiwalla@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
MIST.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.

InnovationEngineering Innovation

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

The graduate certificate will provide students with the opportunity to enhance their engineering training and build complementary skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship and innovation. The successful commercialization of innovative technologies requires an understanding of the project’s technical merits as well as competencies in market assessment and project management. Therefore, the certificate will focus on the technical, entrepreneurial and managerial aspects of effective project creation and management. 

Required Courses:
MECH.5760 Engineering Project Management
MECH.5750 Industrial Design of Experiments
MKTG.6300 Market Research
ENTR.XXXX* Entrepreneurial Teams
*to be developed 

Course substitutions may be allowed by permission of the certificate coordinator.

The admissions requirements are the same as for all Manning School of Business graduate certificate requirements:

  • An official transcript indicating a completed bachelor’s degree. Degrees in business, science or engineering are preferred. Please note: If the bachelor's degree is from outside of the U.S., applicants may be required to take the TOEFL examination and have their transcript reviewed by an outside agency. 
  • No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or GMAT is required for graduate certificate programs.
  • Students enrolling in the certificate program can only take 12 credits maximum before enrolling in an advanced degree. To complete more than one graduate certificate, students must be enrolled in an advanced degree. 

In line with UMass Lowell’s admissions policy, students who complete the graduate certificate in Engineering Innovation with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better may be able to waive the GRE/GMAT when applying to a related master's degree. 

FinancialFinancial Management

Contact: Ravi Jain, phone: 978-934-2854, email: Ravi_Jain@uml.edu

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Management is a 12 credit program 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 Course: (3 credits)

Elective Courses (Any three at three credits each - total of 9 credits)

  • FINA.6750 Financial Derivatives
  • FINA.6880 Current Topics in Finance
  • FINA.6910 International Financial Management
  • Any other graduate (6000 level) Finance Course

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.

FoundationsFoundations of Business

Contact: 

Manning School of Business Graduate Coordinators - phone: 978-934-2848, email: mba@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.

INNOVATIONInnovation 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.

Leadership and Management

Contact: Manning School of Business Graduate Coordinators - phone: 978-934-2848, email: mba@uml.edu

The graduate certificate in Leadership and Management is a 12-credit program designed for: 1) working professionals interested in positions of leadership, and 2) managers already in mid-level leadership positions hoping to move higher in their organization.

Prerequisite: 

MGMT5010 is a prerequisite for all MGMT6000 level courses (if needed/not waived), but this course does not count toward the certificate requirements. The prerequisite is required if the applicant has not successfully completed an equivalent course or does not possess the professional experience to waive it.

Coursework Requirements (12 credits)

Required Courses (3 credits each)
MGMT.6010 Managing Organizational Change
MGMT.6100 Managerial Leadership
Subtotal of Core Credits Required = 6

Elective Courses (choice of two three-credit courses)*
MGMT.6250 Human Resource Management
MGMT.6500 Workforce Analysis
MGMT.6530 Ethical Leadership in the Global Economy
MGMT.6540 Workforce Diversity
MGMT.6600 The Future of Work
Subtotal - Number of Elective Credits Required - 6 

Curriculum Summary

Total number of courses required for the credential = 4 

Total credit hours required for the credential = 12

*Other MGMT6000-level courses may be taken as electives if pre-approved by the program coordinator or department chair.

SupplyChainOperationsSupply Chain and Operations ManagementSCOM

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).

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.