Graduate Certificate in Business:
Critical Success Factors in Business Leadership

Building a strategic management system is crucial if companies want to stay competitive and enjoy financial success. Recognizing the needs of area organizations and their management teams, Penn State Great Valley has created a graduate certificate in business and management: Critical Success Factors for Business Leadership. This program helps managers achieve success in four key performance areas valued by top organizations:

  • long and short-term financial performance
  • learning and growth of the organization's human assets
  • customer knowledge
  • internal business practices

This series of courses is based on key performance areas and addresses the problems companies have linking long-term strategy with short-term action. This program helps managers clarify strategic objectives, identify critical drivers, and create a framework for managing an organization's various change programs, thus building a strategic management system.

In this 15-credit certificate program, participants can gain state-of-the-art knowledge, skills, and abilities in our technologically advanced learning center. Small classes offer students individualized attention through innovative, challenging, and intellectually stimulating learning experiences in highly interactive classes. Penn State Great Valley's management faculty has established national and international reputations as scholars, consultants, practitioners, and researchers. They combine top academic credentials with a firm grasp of real-world issues, helping students sharpen a variety of business skills critical to career success.

This certificate program was created for

  • business professionals who wish to update their knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • managers in science, technology, or engineering who seek a business background
  • individuals making a transition into a managerial position
  • individuals returning to the workforce, or considering a career change
  • those who do not have an undergraduate degree in business and are considering an MBA


Great Valley's MBA Course Prerequisites: click here.

To access the Schedule of Coursesclick here. 

Ready to register? 
Contact the Management Division at 610-648-3229 to request a "Drop/Add" form.

 
"It's a rare pleasure to enroll in a course that turns out to be as meaningful and enlightening as this one was - a course in which the real world and the theoretical world collided...and, on a daily basis, yielded a higher understanding of both."

Robert Beideman
Lockheed Martin Corp. Management & Data Systems

Pre-Program Requirements

 


Course #


Course Name

Schedule

 Schedule

B A 517

Communication Skills for Management

 

BUSAD 501

Statistical Analysis for Managerial Decision Making

Spring 2014

Summer 2014


Certificate Program Courses
 

 


Performance area


Course Name and Description


Schedule

 

Financial Performance - 3 credits

ACCTG 511 - Financial & Managerial Accounting

Spring 2014

Summer 2014 

Learning and Growth - 3 credits

MGMT 501 - Behavioral Science in Business

Spring 2014

Summer 2014

Customer Knowledge - 6 credits

BUSAD 523 - Prices and Markets
or
MKTG 500 - Marketing Management

Spring 2014

N/A

Summer 2014

Summer 2014

Internal Business Practices - 3 credits

OPMGT 510 - Operations Management
or
BUSAD 537 - Management Information Systems

Spring 2014

Spring 2014

Summer 2014

Summer 2014