Management and Leadership Certificate

The certificate provides graduate students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of management and leadership. Through elective options, this certificate allows students to explore their career interests and endeavors. Additionally, it gives students the knowledge and skill set to be successful in the organization.

Required Courses for the Management and Leadership Certificate

  • MGT 507

    Budgeting and Accounting for Managers

    3 Credits

    This course examines the relationship of the accounting and budgeting processes to the organization’s strategic plan and goals, and emphasizes the use of an organization’s accounting information for decision-making. It includes an overview of the basic principles and language of accounting, budgeting process, various analytical techniques used to prepare and evaluate budgets, and ethical considerations in accounting and budgeting. Throughout the course, a managerial viewpoint is stressed.

  • MGT 535

    Organizational Development and Change

    3 credits

    This course will focus on the theory and methods of organizational development and change. Topics will include an examination of interpersonal, team, and organizational interventions. Emphasis will be on the study and application of the planned change model to improve an organization’s performance while also improving the interests and needs of all organizational members. Students will review case studies and propose plans, policy, and implementation processes within the framework of organizational development.

  • MGT 540

    Organizational Psychology & Behavior

    3 credits

    This course will focus on the theories and applications of individual, group, and organizational processes which shape the dynamics of an organization. Topics include attitudes, job satisfaction, multicultural characteristics, perceptions, individual decision making, motivation, group and team dynamics, leadership, organizational culture, organizational change, stress management, and human resource management will be emphasized. Students will review case studies and propose plans, policy, and implementation processes within the framework of organizational psychology and behavior.

Elective Courses

Select any three courses:

  • BSA 540

    The Global Business Environment

    3 credits

    This course focuses on the problems of the senior executive in the management of internationally active firms. Emphasized are the economic, political, and cultural environments, as well as theories of international trade and investment.

  • BSA 550

    The Social and Legal Environment ofBusiness

    3 credits

    This course examines the application of state and federal
    commercial law to complex disputes involving businesses,
    their customers, their employees and their communities.
    The course examines making socially responsible and
    legally permissible management decisions that balance the
    concerns and sensitivities of all stakeholders. Emphasis is
    placed on understanding the legal and ethical implications
    of decisions and utilizing tools and multiple frameworks for
    decision making.

  • BSA 560

    Ethical Responsibility in Business

    3 credits

    This course utilizes case studies that require the student to
    analyze the relationship among morals, values, and ethical
    concepts and their application to business situations. This
    course will aid the student in developing an ethical
    framework that can be used in making business decisions.

  • MKT 520

    Seminar in Marketing Management

    3 credits

    A managerial approach to advanced problems in marketing with heavy emphasis on case study. An analysis of executive decision making and problem solving through team efforts in the formulation of a strategic marketing plan for the firm.

  • MGT 504

    Economics and Finance for NonFinancial Managers

    3 credits

    An overview of the basic principles and language of
    economics and finance, focusing on the use and
    application of economic and financial data for planning,
    control, and decision making. Topics include the
    business cycle, interest rates, inflation, risk analysis, and
    use of financial ratios. Prerequisite: MGT 507

  • MGT 510

    Management of InformationTechnologies

    3 credits

    This course explores business implications of new
    developments in information technology. The focus of the
    course is to assist managers in applying new technologies
    to the decision-making process. Organized around an
    audit of information services, the course details the
    questions a firm needs to ask to effectively use
    information technology.
    Prerequisite: MBA student or senior with permission of

  • MGT 515

    Project Management

    3 credits

    Examines managerial techniques necessary to
    successfully develop and complete projects. Skills needed
    to plan, estimate, organize, budget, schedule, track, and
    control a project are developed. Identification of common
    problems and mistakes are addressed.

  • MGT 517

    Managing for Quality and Excellence

    3 credits

    Presents the philosophies, methods, and tools of Total
    Quality Management (TQM) and investigates a new
    paradigm for management that goes beyond TQM as it is
    commonly viewed today. Emphasis is on a customervalue
    orientation. Topics include customer value
    measurement, continuous improvement, and statistical
    process control.

  • MGT 525

    Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

    3 credits

    The focus of this course is the management of human
    resources to obtain a competitive advantage. Specific
    attention will be directed toward developing and
    implementing a strategic human resources management
    program. Topic coverage includes internal and external
    human resources environments, assessing work and work
    outcomes, acquiring and developing human resources,
    compensation and labor relations.

  • SCM 540

    Supply Chain Management


    This course will examine the basics of Supply Chain Management from new development to working with existing supply chain networks. Topics will include supply chain strategies and design, evaluation and measurement, supplier interaction and support, global supply chain and location decision making processes, and best practices.

  • SCM 550

    Materials Management

    3 credits

    This course builds upon information from Supply Chain Management with emphasis on material management, manufacturing planning, control systems, purchasing, distribution, logistics transportation and warehouse distribution center (DC) management. The course  will focus on materials management, production planning systems, material requirements planning (MRP)/capacity management, and inventory fundamentals, including physical inventory and warehouse management, just-intime (JIT), Lean, total quality management (TQM), Kanban, and supply chain metrics.

  • SCM 560

    Logistics in the Supply Chain


    This course will examine logistics in the supply chain. Logistics in the supply chain supports customer satisfaction by providing deliverables including transportation, order fulfillment, availability, order lead time and customer service goals. Emphasis is placed on planning the logistics network, measurement issues and practices in the supply chain, transportation cost drivers, order fulfillment process, third party logistics (3PL) and
    outsourcing, and logistics decision support systems.

  • SCM 570

    Lean Principles in the Supply Chain

    3 credits

    This course will focus on achieving world-class levels of customer satisfaction, productivity and long-term growth through systematic prevention and elimination of waste and sustained continuous improvement. Topics include elimination of waste quality improvement, value stream mapping (VSM) value stream improvement process (VSIP), accelerated improvement workshops (AIW), total productive maintenance (TPM), and Six Sigma applications.

  • NPM 510

    Marketing and Communications for Nonprofits

    3 credits

    Examines nonprofit marketing and communication tools
    that drive a nonprofit organization to promote social
    change. This course explores advocacy, branding, public
    relations, mediums for message communication,
    constituency management and mobilization for change.

  • NPM 520

    Resource Development for Nonprofits

    3 credits

    Students will study the principles and practices of traditional philanthropy and the methods of effective fund development including grant writing. Students will acquire the skills necessary to assess agency fundraising readiness and develop and implement a plan to support the organization’s mission. Students will also acquire the skills to compose and submit a good proposal. Prerequisite: May Apply.

  • NPM 530

    Revenue Streams for Nonprofits

    3 Credits

    This course will introduce students to diverse nonprofit revenue options that can sustain an organization’s resource and fund development efforts. Students will expand their knowledge of the opportunities that exist for sustainable income and learn which revenue options are most appropriate for various types of organizations. Prerequisite: NPM 515.

  • NPM 540

    The Legal Environment of Nonprofit Organizations

    3 Credits

    This course will examine statutory and other regulatory issues impacting the formation and operation of nonprofit organizations. This course will also examine other legal issues arising from the organization’s day to day operations that can impact a board of trustees, officers, employees and volunteers.

  • MGT 545

    Leadership Development & Coaching in Organizations

    3 credits

    This course will focus on the application of multiple techniques to develop and strengthen the leadership skill sets necessary to lead and sustain a successful organization. These will include the practices of coaching and mentoring in today’s multicultural environments with an emphasis on succession planning and optimal human resources utilization. All levels of the organization will be addressed as students will review case studies and propose plans, policy, and implementation processes within the framework of leadership development and coaching.

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