Program Requirements

Certificate Requirements - 15 hours

The student must complete a Certificate Plan of Study and submit to the Program Director of the Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies for final approval during the first semester of coursework.

  1. The student must complete the certificate program with at least a 3.00 GPA.
  2. All courses identified for this certificate must be at the 600-level or above.
  3. There is an 8-year time limit for completing the certificate program.

Select one class from each of the top two (2) rows in the table below, and then select three (3) additional classes from three of the six other rows. Note that some classes may have prerequisites and/or require "permission" from the instructor, and not all are available in both online and seated formats, such that not every class in the table is available to all students.

Program ObjectivesSuggested
Courses
Approved Alternative Courses (contact instructor for more information)

Finance/Budgeting/Economics. [REQUIRED]. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Budgeting and accounting.

2. Financial statements, economic statements, and investments.

3. Economic development for domestic and international organizations.

PLS 756* ACC 688*, FIN 600, FIN 788, PLS 721, ECO 600, MED 762

Law/Ethics/Regulatory Functions. [REQUIRED]. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Understanding legal and/or regulatory issues in the workplace.

2. Understanding ethical issues encountered by business managers in the work environment.

3. Gaining knowledge of the court system and legal dispute resolution mechanisms.

PLS 651* LAW 600, LAW 637, PLS 646, PLS 754, PLS 778, COM 619, HRA 710, MED 681
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Personnel Selection/Leadership/Management. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Developing the techniques in matching of individual needs, preferences, and skills with the needs of organizations.

2. Understanding the role of a leader in creating corporate climates and building a workforce by selecting, supervising and evaluating employees.

3. Reviewing ethical issues in regards to leadership roles in either public or private organizations.

PSY 776* PLS 752, PLS 753, PLS 761, PLS 778, MGT 704

Research Design/Project Development/Data Analysis. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Understanding the nature of research/project development, design, evaluation, and analysis of data.

2. Exploring appropriate literature in their respective field.

3. Gaining practical experience in design, evaluation, and analysis.

COM 718* SFR 780*, HLH 700, PBH 760*, HRA 730, PLS 673, PLS 762

Communication/Relations/Environment. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Learning methods of identifying and employing effective communication appropriate to the work environment.

2. Learning techniques of negotiation and mediation in the workplace.

3. Learning techniques of arbitration as an alternative to litigation.

COM 736* BUS 650*, COM 621, PLS 732

Technology/Networking/Security. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Understanding the basics of software and hardware used in the workplace.

2. Understanding concepts, design, and implementation of management information systems for the workplace.

3. Learning principles and techniques of web-based security.

EDT 630 CIS 681, CIS 761*, EDT 765

Structure/Diversity/Development. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Understanding the organizational structure and policy in order to identify and resolve issues within the work place.

2. Understanding the cultural, behavioral, and diverse needs within organizations.

3. Developing managerial skills by way of strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation.

PLS 759* PLS 753, PLS 761*: COM 617*, HRA 720, HLH 750

Professional/Grant/Technical Writing. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Writing persuasive proposals that could impact existing organizations.

2. Understanding the basic processes identifying potential funding sources and grant administration.

3. Writing for a broad range of genres including producing informational materials for the web.

ENG 672* ENG 678, ENG 679, ENG 684, MED 762*

* Offered at least once a year in an online format