The Management Essentials graduate certificate provides you with the fundamental business skills necessary to grow and thrive in today's business world, including people and team management, business development, and strategic decision making. Courses provide a broad introduction of the core principles of business in areas such as organizational behavior, marketing, economic theory, and managing enterprises in a digital age.
Certificate earners are awarded a digital badge for each certificate they complete. Badges can be digitally displayed anywhere to recognize attaining a new level of knowledge.
Courses are offered in convenient, seven-week sessions, which are available in several delivery modes: in-person, hybrid, or online. They may be taken as a stand-alone certificate, as an initial step toward, or concurrently with our Master of Business Administration.
Upon completion of the program, you’ll be able to:
- Understand the issues surrounding group and individual management.
- Understand the key concepts and tools of market evaluation and planning.
- Predict organizational and individual behavior based on rational decision making.
Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (post-secondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement. The successful applicant is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.
To be awarded the graduate certificate, students must successfully complete nine credits of course work consisting of three required credits and six elective credits. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 3.0.
Penn State’s schedule of courses lists availability.
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