Online Masters and Certificates

Information on online masters and certificate programs offered by the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Programs are offered online in partnership with Penn State World Campus. Some programs have courses that also fulfill elective requirements in the Smeal-led Penn State Online MBA Program.

Business Analytics

Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics - Business Analytics Option
Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Explore the full spectrum of analytics methods (descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive) to meet your organization’s business objectives and leverage competitive advantage. Graduate certificate coursework also meets the requirements of the Business Analytics Option within the Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics.

Business Architecture

Graduate Certificate

Align your organization's strategic objectives with tactical enterprise-level projects and technology initiatives to improve overall effectiveness and efficiency. Coursework includes business strategy execution, organizational technology innovation, and enterprise modeling. 

Business Management Foundations

Graduate Certificate

As a student in Penn State’s online Graduate Certificate in Business Management Foundations program, you can gain transferable skills that can be easily applied in any business setting — regardless of industry. You can help your team become more productive contributors to your company’s bottom line.

Business Sustainability Strategy

Graduate Certificate

This program can help prepare you to develop a sustainability plan for any size or type of organization, from startup to global corporation. Learn the skills needed to effectively assess opportunities and measure financial, environmental, and social returns.

Corporate Accounting Foundations

Graduate Certificate

Designed for those without an accounting background, the certificate positions you to take on roles that require a more substantial accounting foundation, make a career shift to an accounting-related position, or continue toward a master’s program. Coursework covers financial accounting, taxation, auditing, and managerial accounting.

Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Master of Professional Studies and Graduate Certificate

This interdisciplinary program is targeted to leaders, and aspiring leaders, in the business sector where innovation, entrepreneurship, continuous improvement, and new venture creation are imperative. The curriculum is specifically designed to cultivate expertise in the techniques, strategies, and business fundamentals required to create, innovate, and sustain new products and services in a variety of industry domains.

Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation

Master of Professional Studies

This master's program aims to prepare experienced IT and enterprise architecture professionals for leadership in transformative business strategies. The degree responds to the evolution of the enterprise architecture field and a rising marketplace demand. Core courses will partner foundations in enterprise architecture with enterprise strategy, leadership, and organizational behavior.

Marketing Analytics 

Master's in Marketing Analytics and Insights
Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics - Marketing Analytics Option
Graduate Certificate in Marketing Analytics

Explore the full spectrum of marketing analytics methods with our two master's programs and our one-year graduate certificate. Certificate coursework also meets the requirements of the Marketing Analytics Option within the Master of Professional Studies in Data Analytics and the Master's in Marketing Analytics and Insights.

Negotiation and Influence

Graduate Certificate

This program is designed to help you develop critical negotiation skills and knowledge that can help you identify and gain sources of power at work. You will have the opportunity to refine those skills in multiparty negotiation scenarios, demonstrating how to influence others with and without the use of power.

Strategic Management and Executive Leadership

Master's in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership
Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership

Develop your ability to think strategically and to learn to embrace the language and process of strategy: from the formulation of effective strategies, to understanding the process of strategy implementation, to building a culture and commitment across the organization.

Supply Chain Management

Master of Professional Studies and Graduate Certificate

Smeal is a leader in supply chain education, ranked No. 1 by practitioners and academics. Both the two-year master’s program and the one-year certificate offer online convenience, immediate applicability, and deep supply chain expertise from top faculty.


Smeal College of Business online courses typically fill to instructional capacity.  With faculty approval, we will place non-Smeal, resident graduate students on a wait list on a first-come-first-serve basis.  If additional students can reasonably be accommodated in a course, students on the list will be notified about registration approximately five days prior to the start of class.  Non-Smeal resident graduate students should not apply for a Smeal graduate certificate until they are enrolled in the last course needed for the graduate certificate.  Application fees for graduate certificates are non-refundable.