Graduate School

Graduate Certificate in Professional Skills

Who should enroll in this certificate?
  • The Graduate Certificate in Professional Skills is designed for working professionals who are seeking to advance their careers where a full MBA is not desired or required.
  • Recent graduates looking to gain a competitive edge in the professional job market.
  • Persons re-entering the workforce looking to refine professional and technical skills.
Why is it important to develop your professional skills business?

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Skills is designed to allow students to pursue and develop workplace skills that are highly valued by employers. Graduates will gain an understanding of business fundamentals, economics, project management, and skills-oriented training in communications, statistical analysis, and teamwork. The program’s professional components are designed to dovetail into present and future career opportunities that will help you gain an advantage in today’s increasingly competitive job market.

What are the admission requirements?
  • Applicants must meet all the requirements for acceptance into the Graduate School
  • A minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average (GPA).

The core courses for the MAS include 18 hours of core professional course work:

  • COM 601 Professional and Organizational Communications (3)                                                                                                               OR ENG 540 Writing for Management and Supervision (3)                                                                                                                    OR ENG 600 Technical Communications Theory and Practice (3)
  • MGT 603 Organizational Theory (3)
  • MKT 605 Strategic Marketing  (3)
  • ECO 607 Managerial Economics (3)
  • MAT 609 Technical Analysis for Decision Making (3)
  • MAS 695 Graduate Colloquium (3)
When are classes held?

Classes for the Professional Skills certificate program are scheduled to be offered on weekday afternoons or evenings after 4:30 p.m. during the regular fall and spring semesters. Classes are scheduled to accommodate students who may be engaged in full-time employment.

Do I have the option of full- or part-time?

A minimum of 18 total credits are needed for completion of the graduate certificate. Enrollment is considered full-time when taking 8-9 credits per semester, and students taking a full-time load can complete the program in less than a year.


Dr. Ben Caldwell
Phone: (816) 271-4394