Further refine your focus with MBA certificate options
Extend your expertise beyond your major and Academy to address some of the most pressing issues organizations face—now and in the future. Kelley offers three certificates for Full-Time MBA students:
The Certificate in Global Business Achievement will give you a deeper understanding of the cultural, economic and regulatory forces that affect multinational organizations. In addition to related language and culture class work, you’ll also expand your international perspectives through this program, participating in at least one global learning opportunity that fits your focus.
To qualify for the certificate, you must satisfy the three categories listed below, complete the coursework during your MBA program, and apply to the MBA Office for the certificate before graduation. Previous experience or training cannot be applied.
Category 1, Specialized Coursework: Three credit hours of global business courses, completed within or in addition to your MBA major or minor.
Category 2, Global Experience: Complete one of the listed opportunities.
Category 3, Language and Culture: Complete one of the listed opportunities. Language studies must be in a language other than your native tongue. English language training is not acceptable for this certificate. Culture study must be of a culture other than your native culture. American culture is acceptable for international students.
Courses must be approved by the MBA Program before they are taken.
Product managers own the development and success of a product, working with engineering, finance, marketing, and operations to ensure the viability and profitability of the product. The Product Management Certificate will prepare you for an exciting career at the intersection of technology, business, and design.
Product management positions are found in many industries, although the role varies from firm to firm. Product managers need both product and business expertise as they make strategic decisions beginning with the creation of new ideas for products and continuing with the formulation of the supply chain and marketing strategies, all in the context of ensuring a positive cash flow.
Product managers must be able to work on teams and must have the skills to influence individuals and organizations without authority over them.
The certificate requires 15 credit hours from the list of courses below (or alternative courses approved by the Kelley MBA program). Interested MBA students should talk to their academic advisor before January of their first year.
*Class of 2021 and forward: S535 The Business of Technology is a two-course class. If you do not take both semesters of S535 The Business of Technology (Industry Perspective AND Tech Trends), the course taken will not count towards the Product Management certificate.
With the Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship program, you’ll put your business know-how to work solving global problems—from building clean water supplies to improving opportunities in emerging economies. This is a cooperative program between the Kelley School of Business and the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
The certificate takes 18 credit hours of coursework—six of which are required courses. Of the remaining 12 credit hours, Kelley students must take three credit hours through the O'Neill School.
This certificate also requires participation in Kelley's GLOBASE (Global Business and Social Enterprise Program) or a qualifying internship in social entrepreneurship with a business, nonprofit or public agency.
Interested students should talk to their academic advisor about pursuing this certificate before January of their first year.
V559 Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship