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Graduate Programs

MBA Plus - Advanced Certificates

The MBA plus is a certificate program that provides professionals who hold master's degrees in business with a means to gain specialized knowledge in a business field and remain competitive in the ever-changing business environment.

Students who do not hold a master's degree may choose to apply advanced certificate courses to the MBA or pursue a stand-alone advanced certificate.

Courses are offered evenings and weeekends at both the Chicago and Orland Park campuses to accomodate the needs of working professionals.

The employee health benefits certificate (EHBC) is designed for professionals in or preparing to enter the health benefits field.

Courses consider how the U.S. Health Care System works, how financial, legal and governmental mandates affect both health care and employee benefits, and how managed care impacts benefits.

The courses can be taken as a stand-alone certificate. They can also be applied to the master of business administration (MBA) program.

Individuals who successfully complete the certificate program and apply for a Graham School of Management graduate degree will have a streamlined application process. 

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The need for financial fraud examiners is rapidly growing, largely due to new federal laws requiring auditors to take additional steps to identify fraud as well as new accounting standards regulated by the American Institute of CPAs since the Enron scandal erupted.

Among other initiatives, the AICPA has teamed with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners to encourage colleges and universities to develop financial fraud examination programs.

The certificate in financial fraud examination and management is designed to assist students in meeting the educational and testing requirements of the certified fraud examiner (CFE) certification.

The courses can be taken as a stand-alone certificate. They can also be applied to the master of business administration with a concentration in financial fraud examination and management.

Individuals who successfully complete the certificate program and apply for a Graham School of Management graduate degree will have a streamlined application process. 

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The certificate in Health Administration (CHA) is designed for professionals in or preparing to enter the health care industry.

This coordinated sequence of graduate courses provides both breadth and depth in issues related to understanding health care in the United States.

Courses consider how the system evolved to its present state, how financial, legal, and governmental mandates are affecting the industry and how managed care impacts health care and society.

The courses can be taken as a stand-alone certificate or be applied to the master of business administration (MBA) with a concentration in health administration.

Individuals who successfully complete the certificate program and apply for a Graham School of Management graduate degree will have a streamlined application process. 

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The certificate in Human Resource Management is designed for students to develop their skills with today's Human Resource needs; which include: recruitment and selection, succession planning, compensation policies, and performance appraisal systems.

The courses can be taken as a stand-alone certificate or be applied to the master of business administration (MBA) with a concentration in human resource management.

Individuals who successfully complete the certificate program and apply for a Graham School of Management graduate degree will have a streamlined application process. 

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The certificate in Internet and Social Media Marketing is a highly interactive hands-on program It is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of Internet marketing and the strategic uses of social media in the marketing function.

The courses can be taken as a stand-alone certificate or be applied to the master of business administration (MBA) with a concentration in internet and social media marketing.

Individuals who successfully complete the certificate program and apply for a Graham School of Management graduate degree will have a streamlined application process. 

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The certificate in Profitability Management is designed to provide structure and foundation for aspiring CFO's based on the strategic projects related to operations and marketing with a goal of cost reduction, strategic analysis and improved profitability. CFO's spend almost half their time on such projects with the CEO and other senior managers.

The courses can be taken as a stand-alone certificate or be applied to the master of business administration (MBA) with a concentration in profitability management.

Individuals who successfully complete the certificate program and apply for a Graham School of Management graduate degree will have a streamlined application process. 

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The certificate in Project Management is designed to prepare new or aspiring project managers to oversee complex projects from the initial planning stages while balancing competing demands of time, cost and quality.

The Graham School of Management's coordinated sequence of graduate courses focuses on industry-standard processes approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to help successfully manage any type of project regardless of scope or industry. Students will practice these concepts in a project-based team environment. This program will also prepare students for the components of the PMI project management professional (PMP®) or certified associate project manager (CAPM®) examinations.

The courses can be taken as a stand-alone certificate. They can also be applied to the master of business administration (MBA) program.

Individuals who successfully complete the certificate program and apply for a Graham School of Management graduate degree will have a streamlined application process. 

Program Requirements

Course Descriptions