Business of Life Sciences

Executive Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences (ECBLS)

Learn the business side of life sciences.

In conjunction with the Center for the Business of Life Sciences, this graduate-level program allows working professionals to:

  • Increase your company’s net worth by learning the business side of life sciences from an elite, top-ranked business school.
  • Expand your career options and increase your growth potential within your company.
  • Fit executive business education into your schedule conveniently and cost-effectively.

Watch the video to learn about how the ECBLS can give you an edge in your life sciences and healthcare career by improving your understanding of the industry and building your network.

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The Kelley Executive Certificate courses are delivered in a unique blended format which uses both in-residence and online learning modes. The program begins with a combined six-day in-residence course and program orientation. Students form teams, meet the faculty, and receive a tutorial on the Kelley Direct online system. Four online courses follow. The program concludes with a two-day capstone experience. Student teams demonstrate the skills learned in a case analysis to the ECBLS faculty.

The following five courses compose the Executive Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences. Students take these courses sequentially:

  1. BA601 Management of Organizations & Human Resources (6 days in-residence)
  2. MGT626 The Value Chain in Healthcare (10 weeks online)
  3. ACCTG696 Accounting for Executives in Life Sciences (10 weeks online)
  4. BA615 Strategic Financial Management (10 weeks online)
  5. BA655 Marketing Management and Strategy in Life Sciences (10 weeks online)

The certificate program concludes with a capstone experience (two days in-residence) as student teams demonstrate the skills learned in a case analysis to the ECBLS faculty.


    Student Profile 2008—2018

    • More than 200 students from 47 companies
    • Pharmaceuticals, Disposable Medical Devices, Contract Research, Diagnostics, Animal Health, Biotech, Orthopedics, Distribution, and Healthcare Insurers
    • Company size: industry leaders as well as startups and smaller firms
    • Work experience: 3 to 30 years
    • Joined the industry within the past three years: 15%

    Students bring diverse life sciences experience to the program. While the majority hold technical roles in research and development, manufacturing, quality assurance, engineering and clinical/regulatory affairs, students have also come from IT, business development, marketing, medicine, human resources, and finance backgrounds. Four students have participated from offshore locations. Regardless of their background, the ECBLS program increases an individual's understanding of the business side of the life sciences.


    The program costs $16,000 plus the cost of books and course materials (approximately $500) and lodging and travel for the two in-residence periods. Applications received by June 30 will qualify for a $1,000 early application tuition reduction.

    There are several payment options:

    • $16,000 paid before the start of the first course.
    • $8,500 paid before the start of the first course, and an additional $8,000 before the start of the third course.
    • $3,500 paid before the start of the first course and no later than 30 days after the start of each subsequent course if the ECBLS qualifies under a student’s company tuition reimbursement plan.


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