Online Graduate Certificates

A list of the Penn State Smeal College of Business Online Graduate Certificates in Partnership with Penn State World Campus

Accounting Foundations

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. This graduate certificate also provides the accounting preparation needed to be considered for admission to the Smeal residential One-Year Master of Accounting program. 

  • 12 credits

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Business Analytics

This graduate certificate enables business professionals to develop the quantitative and managerial skills for exploring and analyzing complex data sets to support data-driven business decisions. The program—designed around the framework from the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS)—covers the entire life cycle of data and analytics supported decision making using the descriptive/prescriptive/predictive framework for business analytics: descriptive (what happened?), predictive (what will happen?), prescriptive (what should happen?).

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Business Architecture

This graduate certificate will help managers and leaders align an organization’s strategic objectives with tactical enterprise-level projects and technology initiatives. Business Architecture is a rapidly growing field today. The primary purpose of describing the business architecture of an enterprise is to improve the effectiveness or efficiency of the business itself. This includes innovations in the structure of an organization, the centralization or federation of business processes, the quality and timeliness of business information, and ensuring that money spent at the project level is in support of the strategic objectives of the larger enterprise.

  • 9 credits

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Business Management Foundations

Every business needs effective managers in order to be profitable. These management professionals are critical to an organization’s success, addressing operational challenges, leading and motivating people, tracking expenses, forecasting revenue, strategically allocating resources, and setting operational priorities. With this certificate, you will gain transferable skills that can be easily applied in any business setting — regardless of industry.

  • 12 credits

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Business Sustainability Strategy

The Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability Strategy can help prepare you to develop a sustainability plan for any size or type of organization, from startup to global corporation. You will have the chance to set yourself apart in your field by learning to implement business practices that meet the present demands of your company and its stakeholders, while protecting the resources needed in the future. This program can teach you the skills needed to effectively assess opportunities and measure financial, environmental, and social returns.

  • 9 credits

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Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This graduate certificate will provide you with the foundational knowledge behind the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship in a corporate context. As a student, you will explore a broad spectrum of topics including ideation, product/service development, managing customer experiences, entrepreneurial leadership, innovation strategies and methods, leading innovative teams, benchmarking, competitor assessment, future trend tracking, new venture creation, technology commercialization, and more.

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Management Consulting

Penn State’s online Graduate Certificate in Management Consulting can provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this dynamic and growing field. As a management consultant, you can help clients more readily achieve their goals and objectives by identifying and defining organizational challenges, improving efficiencies, transforming business models, restructuring their workforce and processes, aligning resources, and advising upon strategic issues associated with corporate growth and change.

  • 9 credits

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Marketing Analytics

This graduate certificate is aimed at providing students the core marketing analytics knowledge needed to influence marketing strategy and decision-making in today’s data-driven business environment. The program will convey how marketing analytics are conducted, meaningfully communicated, and strategically applied within organizations.

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Negotiation and Influence

Managers need the ability to effectively negotiate and utilize their influence to construct profitable agreements, gain support, close a deal, and implement solutions. Effective negotiators are typically excellent listeners, creative and analytical thinkers, and persuasive speakers. They use their skills and influence to gain acceptance for their solutions, products, or ideas and ensure their strategies are implemented. The Graduate Certificate in Negotiation and Influence will provide a foundation for these vital negotiation tactics.

  • 9 credits

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Strategic Leadership

This fully online program is ideal for experienced managers who seek to connect their organization with the outside world and wish to set a strategic path to ensure their organization is able to remain relevant and flourish in today’s dynamic marketplace. This certificate is designed for students with at least 5 years of experience managing a team and aspire to move into an executive role that requires strategic thinking and decision making.

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Supply Chain Management

Penn State’s online Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management will give you the ability to develop supply chain solutions for your organization as you gain an understanding of how companies use supply chain networks to acquire, produce, and deliver goods and services domestically and worldwide.

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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.


All programs are offered in partnership with the Penn State World Campus.