North Central College - Naperville, IL

Business Certificates

Graduate certificates in Business Foundations, Change Management, Finance, Human Resource Management, Investment and Financial Planning, Management, and Marketing.

Business Foundations

Business Foundations is for students with little to no background in business. The courses provide skills that are immediately applicable in a business setting and form the foundation for more advanced coursework. The courses are either part of the prerequisites for the North Central Master of Business Administration program or serve as a core course in the M.B.A. program.

Prerequisites: To enroll in these courses at North Central students may need to take basic algebra or finite mathematics courses at the undergraduate level, either at North Central or another college or university.  Contact the office of graduate admissions at 630-637-5840 about algebra or finite math courses offered at North Central.

Certificate: Nine credit hours chosen from the following courses:
ACC 501 or 502 Financial or Managerial Accounting
BUS 541 Business Statistics
BUS 546 Operations Research
BUS 505 Legal Environment of Business
ECN 500 Economics
FIN 550 Financial Management
MKT 570 Marketing Management

See the Master of Business Administration program webpage to see the course descriptions.

How to Apply

Change Management

The Change Management certificate is designed for people who already have a significant amount of graduate level coursework. Students seeking this certificate will consciously consider how invention and innovation will affect the organization. Students integrate the broad study of the future provided by the liberal studies courses with management approaches to organizational change.

Prerequisites: To enroll in these courses at North Central College students may need basic statistics or quantitative methods for specific courses.  Students who have not taken those prerequisites at the undergraduate or graduate level will need to do so. Students who need these prerequisites should consider completing the Business Foundations certificate before enrolling in the Change Management certificate.

Certificate: Nine credit hours chosen from the following courses, to include at least one 600-level course.
MGT 621 Organizational Behavior
MGT 675 Strategic Management
MGT 683 Innovation and Organizational Change
MGT 692 Special Topics in Management (variable credit)
MLD 683 Leadership for Social Change and Renewal

See the Master of Business Administration program webpage to see the course descriptions for the management courses. Visit the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies webpage to see the course descriptions for the leadership and liberal studies courses.

How to Apply

Finance

The Finance certificate is intended for students interested in expanding their analytical abilities in the field of finance.  Students with no previous background in accounting or finance, should take ACC 501 and FIN 550 as the first two courses in the certificate program.  Financial Accounting and Financial Management provide the foundational skills in understanding financial statements and their analysis as well as analyzing the value of a firm and its securities. These students will then choose one upper-level course in the areas of investments, corporate finance, personal financial planning, or international finance. Students who have already completed a basic financial management course as an undergraduate will be best served by taking some combination of three 600-level finance courses.

Prerequisites: To enroll in the courses at North Central students must have taken either Micro or Macro Economic Principles and/or basic statistics at the undergraduate level. Students who have not taken these courses may need to complete ECN 500 and/or BUS 541, or their equivalents prior to beginning their graduate certificate program. Students needing these prerequisites may want to enroll in the Business Foundations Graduate Certificate program first.

Certificate: Nine credit hours chosen from the following courses:
ACC 501 Financial Accounting
FIN 550 Financial Management
FIN 600 Investments, Portfolio Analysis, and Financial Planning
FIN 610 Personal Financial Planning
FIN 635 Advanced Financial Management
FIN 685 International Finance
FIN 692 Special Topics (variable credit)

See the Master of Business Administration program webpage to see the course descriptions. 

How to Apply

Human Resource Management

The intended audience for the Human Resources certificate is students who have a business undergraduate degree and want to extend their background to the human resources area. The Human Resource Management course should ideally be taken first. From there the student has a number of choices from studying organizational issues in human resources to developing such human resource area skills as compensation, negotiation or conflict resolution. Human Resource planning completes the certificate. 

Prerequisites: Students may need to take BUS 541 Statistics at the graduate level to enroll into this certificate.

Certificate: Nine credit hours chosen from the following courses:

Required Courses:
MGT 623 Human Resource Management
MGT 685 Human Resource Planning

Choose one of the following courses:
MLD 558 Conflict Resolution
MGT 621 Organizational Behavior
MGT 645 Organizational Leadership and Group Performance
MGT 692 Special Topics:  Compensation
MGT 692 Special Topics:  Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration

See the Master of Business Administration program webpage to see the course descriptions for the management courses. Visit the Master of Leadership Studies webpage to see the course descriptions for the leadership course.

How to apply

Investments and Financial Planning 

The Investments and Financial Planning certificate is intended for students with a basic understanding of financial management principles, and who desire to obtain specialized knowledge in the areas of security valuation, portfolio management, and an array of topics in personal financial planning.  This certificate is well-suited for individuals that are seeking to enhance their skills as personal investment advisers.

Prerequisites: To enroll in these courses at North Central College students must have taken a basic course in finance at the undergraduate or graduate level. The student should consider the certificate in finance as a prelude to the certificate in Investments and Financial Planning.

Certificate: To optimize completion time for this program, it is recommended students start in the summer term. Students must complete nine credit hours. The following two courses are required:

FIN 600 Investments, Portfolio Analysis, and Financial Planning
FIN 610 Personal Financial Planning (typically offered only in summer term)

In addition, students will complete their program by taking one of the following two courses:

FIN 692 Special Topics (must be for 3 credit hours and be in the area of investments or financial planning to qualify)
FIN 693  Independent Study (must be for 3 credit hours and be in the area of investments or financial planning to qualify)

Independent study courses in Applied Portfolio Management and Applied Personal Investment Advising are routinely available.  Depending on student interest, either could be used to complete the certificate.

See the Master of Business Administration program webpage to see the course descriptions.

How to Apply

Management

The Management certificate is intended for those with an extensive business background who desire to extend their knowledge and skills in the management area. The student may have an undergraduate business degree, but will investigate areas not covered in their undergraduate program.  Other students may not hold a business degree, but have significant previous business experience. A wide variety of approaches may be taken to complete the certificate, from three courses in various management topics to a concentration on organization management to a concentration on strategy.

Prerequisites:  Students may need basic statistics or quantitative methods courses for specific courses listed above. Students who have not taken those prerequisites at the undergraduate or graduate level will need to do so.

Certificate: Nine credit hours chosen from the following courses, to include at least one 600-level course:
MKT 570 Marketing Management
MGT 591  Quality Management
MGT 620 Operations Management
MGT 621 Organizational Behavior
MGT 623 Human Resource Management
MGT 645 Organizational Leadership and Group Performance
MGT 675 Strategic Management
MGT 692 Special Topics in Management (variable credit)

See the Master of Business Administration program webpage to see the course descriptions.

How to Apply

Marketing 

The Marketing certificate is for students with previous business experience who want to develop their marketing skills. In addition to the basic marketing course, MKT 570, required of all students pursuing the certificate, those interested in learning not only how to conduct market research, but also why organizations may choose to engage in market research, may take MKT 575. The upper-level courses are designed to expand student comprehension of and skill in the marketing field.

Prerequisites: It is strongly recommended that students with a weak background in statistics, and those that have not taken statistics in the last five years, take an introductory course at either the undergraduate (BUS 241) or graduate level (BUS 541).

Certificate: Nine credit hours including the following:

Required course:
MKT 570 Marketing Management

After taking MKT 570 the student chooses six credit hours from the following courses:
MKT 575 Marketing Research & Analysis Management
MKT 685 Promotional Management
MKT 688 International Marketing
MKT 692 Special Topics in Marketing.  Prerequisite:  Instructor’s Consent

See the Master of Business Administration program webpage to see the course descriptions. 

How to Apply