Are you looking to grow in a specialized area of your career? Mount Mary’s new standalone professional development certificates might be a perfect match for your goals. Our new certificates allow you to develop specific skills that address high-level priorities and needs within today's workplace. These certificates can be taken without committing to the full MBA program.

How do the professional development certificates work?

  • Professional development certificates are four graduate credits each.
  • These certificates are open to students who have already completed a bachelor's degree.
  • Classes meet eight times for two hours over a 12-week term (two weeks on, one week off). Students can choose to either attend class in-person or remotely join the live class online via Zoom.
  • The cost per credit is $760. Federal financial aid is available for students who commit to two consecutive or simultaneous professional development certificates. Students taking only one certificate are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • If a certificate-only student decides to seek their full MBA degree at Mount Mary, their certificate credits will count toward their master’s degree. Students in the full MBA program take two elective courses (eight credits) to meet the degree requirements.

Professional development certificate offerings

4 credits | Leadership requires an understanding of human behavior to understand why people behave as they do in relation to their job, team, and organization. This course challenges students to reflect upon their current leadership capacity as individuals who lead with courage, humility and compassion. The course moves progressively through individual, team, and organizational levels of behavior drawing on concepts and practices from the field of organizational behavior (OB). Students explore intervention strategies and the role of OB in creating the changes that improve leaders, teams, and organizations within a culture of service leadership. 

Cost: $760/credit. Federal financial aid is available for students who commit to two consecutive or simultaneous professional development certificates.

To apply to earn this certificate, please submit the Graduate Special Student Application.

4 credits | An applied course investigating key issues and competencies needed for students interested in starting, growing, managing, and transitioning small businesses. Topics include marketing, human resource management, accounting, finance, business law, and operations management. Students explore small business development and financial resources. Upon competition, students develop a strategic business plan for starting and operating their small business.

Cost: $760/credit. Federal financial aid is available for students who commit to two consecutive or simultaneous professional development certificates.

To apply to earn this certificate, please submit the Graduate Special Student Application.

4 credits | This course equips students with tools to create and commit to organizational priorities including building and fostering an inclusive culture, mitigating bias in the hiring and performance review processes, and building relationships with minority-owned businesses and other external stakeholders. Students design a diversity, equity, and inclusion program to fit their organization’s needs and strategic vision, then troubleshoot issues and opportunities that create barriers to their program’s success.

More about this certificate:

  • This certificate is open to students who have already completed a bachelor's degree.
  • Cost: $760/credit. Federal financial aid is available for students who commit to two consecutive or simultaneous professional development certificates.
  • Classes meet eight times for two hours over a 12-week term (two weeks on, one week off). Students can choose to either attend class in-person or remotely join online.
  • If a certificate-only student decides to seek their full MBA degree at Mount Mary, their certificate credits will count toward their master’s degree. Students in the full MBA program take two elective courses (eight credits) to meet the degree requirements.

To apply to earn this certificate, please submit the Graduate Special Student Application.

4 credits | This course focuses on talent strategy and organizational culture. Topics include finding and managing talent through social media, creating and sustaining remote teams, and enhancing the employee experience with design thinking principles. Students develop competencies associated with emotional intelligence to solve HR problems and enhance the success of their organization’s mission through its employees. Includes special topics including employee mental health and burnout.

Cost: $760/credit. Federal financial aid is available for students who commit to two consecutive or simultaneous professional development certificates.

To apply to earn this certificate, please submit the Graduate Special Student Application.

4 credits | Healthcare leaders need to be effective people managers who can strategically drive initiatives that interact with multiple entities. Leadership requires an understanding of human behavior to understand why people behave as they do in relation to their job, team, and healthcare organization. This course challenges students to reflect upon their current leadership capacity and increase their effectiveness in leading healthcare organizations through knowledge, skills, and practice implementing strategic plans.

Cost: $760/credit. Federal financial aid is available for students who commit to two consecutive or simultaneous professional development certificates.

To apply to earn this certificate, please submit the Graduate Special Student Application.

 

4 credits | Students learn analytical methods and tools critical to the smooth functioning of complex healthcare organizations. Principles, concepts and techniques of operations management in health systems are applied, including facilities, scheduling, inventory, quality control, LEAN Six Sigma and process improvement. This course emphasizes the development of analytical skills, whereby students use data to think critically and creatively to solve problems, reduce costs, and improve patient care.

Cost: $760/credit. Federal financial aid is available for students who commit to two consecutive or simultaneous professional development certificates.

To apply to earn this certificate, please submit the Graduate Special Student Application.

MBA certificate-only students have the option to earn a 6-credit professional development certificate that bundles two core MBA classes. These classes are offered in an accelerated 8-week format. Some of these certificates do have prerequisite requirements (listed below), so you are strongly encouraged to contact Kristen Carioti, MBA Program Director, at cariotk@mtmary.edu or (414) 930-3419 if you are interested in pursuing a core certificate.

Offered every fall | 6 credits total (3 per course)
BUS 630  Managerial Economics
BUS 635  Information Technology

Offered every fall | 6 credits total (3 per course)
BUS 640  Accounting (prerequisite: accounting coursework or BUS 211 at Mount Mary)
BUS 670  Corporate Finance

Offered every spring | 6 credits total (3 per course)
BUS 660  Operations Strategy
BUS 680  Business Analytics (prerequisite: statistics coursework or MAT 216 at Mount Mary)

Offered every spring | 6 credits total (3 per course)
BUS 610  Managerial Communication
BUS 625  Marketing Management

Detailed course descriptions can be viewed in the Graduate Bulletin.

Cost: $760/credit. Federal financial aid is available for students who commit to two consecutive or simultaneous professional development certificates.

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How to Apply

Certificate-only students: To apply to earn an MBA professional development certificate, please submit Mount Mary's Graduate Special Student Application.

MBA degree-seeking students: To apply for the full MBA program, click here for detailed information on admission requirements.