Graduate Business Certificates

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Melissa Koerner, Interim Dean
Michael Keene, MBATC Program Chair
Richard Henage, MAcc Program Chair
Baptiste Prevot, MBA & Graduate Program Operations Director
Brittney Todd, Graduate Business Programs Advisor

Program Requirements

Graduate Certificates are available as a program of graduate business study for individuals who:

  • Currently possess a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue graduate certification in a specific business discipline with or without the completion of an MBA.
  • Already possess a graduate business degree and wish to enhance or update their skills.
  • Are completing a MBA or  MBATC degree and desire additional specialization in a single business discipline.

Between 12 (Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting) or 24 (Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship) graduate semester hours are required to complete a Graduate Certificate. A minimum of 12 of these semester hours must be taken at Westminster, unless the certificate is done in conjunction with a Master of Business Administration or Master of Business Administration in Technology Commercialization Degree. Students who desire to complete more than one graduate certificate may apply required course and/or elective credits to only one certificate. Individuals without prior undergraduate coursework in business, or who graduated with a business degree five or more years ago must complete prerequisite courses as identified in the respective certificate requirements. Students must formally declare their accounting certificate with the Graduate Program Advisor prior to graduation.

Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Prerequisite Courses 24
ACCT     350     Intermediate Accounting I (4) ACCT 213; ACCT 350; ACCT 360
ACCT     360     Intermediate Accounting II (4) ACCT 213; ACCT 350
ACCT     374     Managerial & Cost Accounting (4)
ACCT     454     Auditing (4) ACCT 360
ACCT     467     Accounting Information Systems (4) ACCT  213; IRM 200
ACCT     474     Individual Income Taxation (4) ACCT 213
II. Required Certificate Courses 12   
Twelve credit hours chosen from electives below;
MACC    601     Internal Reporting and Business Control (2), and;
MACC    602     Information Technology in the Business Environment (2)
These two courses must be taken concurrently.
MACC    603     Financial Reporting and Control I (2), and;
MACC    604     Financial Reporting and Control II (2)
These two courses must be taken concurrently.
MACC    605     Accounting Ethics (2), and;
MACC    606     Business Regulation (2)
These two courses must be taken concurrently.
MACC    607     Taxation of Business Organizations (4)
MACC    608     Auditing and Attestation I (2), and;
MACC    609     Auditing and Attestation II (2)
These two courses must be taken concurrently.
Total Hours for the Graduate Certificate in Accounting 12 + relevant prerequisites

Graduate Certificate In Entrepreneurship

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Prerequisite Courses 0
If applicable, completion of:
MBA      501     Economics Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      502     Accounting Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      506     Quantitative Methods Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      508     Finance Foundational Literacy (0)—offered fall, spring, and summer
II. Required MBA Core Courses 12   
MBA      620C   Understanding Market Dynamics (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
MBA      625C   Financial Reporting and Control (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer MBA 502, 508, 610C, 615C
MBA      630C   Financial Design and Analysis (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer MBA 625C
MBA      635C   Executive Financial Decision Making (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer MBA 625
MBA      640C   Managing Processes (2)—offered fall and spring MBA 506, 610C
MBA      645C   Value Creation and Delivery (2)—offered fall, spring, and summer
III. Required Certificate Courses 6  
MBA      560E   Entrepreneurship (2)—offered fall and spring MBA 501, 502, 506, 508
MBATC   654    Financing New Ventures (2)—offered fall and  summer MBA 635C
MBA      634E   Business Plan Development (2)—offered spring MBA 560E, 620C, 625C, 635C, 645C
IV. Elective Certificate Courses 6  
Six credit hours chosen from electives below, or approval from advisor
MBATC  651     New Product Development (2)—offered Block 1, fall, and Block 2 spring MBA 645C
MBA      626E   Lectures in Entrepreneurship (2)—offered spring
MBA      627E   Social Entrepreneurship (2)—offered spring
MBA      628E   Marketing New Ventures (2)—offered fall
MBA      631E   Business Valuation (2)—offered spring MBA 635C, 645C
MBA      632E   Mergers and Acquisitions (2)—offered spring MBA 620C, 635C, 645C
MBA      651E   The Nonprofit Organization (2)—offered fall
MBA      653E   Internship in Entrepreneurship (1–3) see course description
MBA      658E   Communication and Interpersonal Skills (2)—offered spring
MBA      668E   Directed Studies in Entrepreneurship (1–3) see course description
Total Core and Elective Hours for the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship  12-24 + relevant prerequisites