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Post-Master’s Certificate
in General Business

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Complete your studies on your own time.

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Start your first course when it’s convenient for you.

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Finish your business certificate in just 6 courses.


One of the greatest features of our specialization programs is your ability to round out your education and tailor your certificate and coursework to meet your specific interests and career journey. The Post-Master’s Certificate in General Business allows you to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit your personal and professional goals.

To fulfill your General Business requirements, you must take at least four doctoral-level business content courses, but you’re also allowed to choose up to two courses from a Post-Master’s Certificate offered in other fields to fulfill your minimum of 18 credit hours. With dean approval, additional courses (more than two) from other disciplines may be considered to meet this requirement.

Admission Requirements 

  • A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Course Details

For the Post-Master’s Certificate in Business with a specialization in General Business, you must complete 18 credit hours, including five required courses and one School of Business doctoral level elective. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 14 months.

It’s been said that to understand a business, one must understand the financial numbers. This course, building upon a basic understanding of accounting, serves as the springboard for understanding the financial health of a corporation, its operating environment, and the structure of interest rates and yield curves that can affect it. Central to this understanding is the concept of cash flow, where it comes from, and what influences it. Preparing financial statements (something learned in accounting) is not the same as understanding what they can reveal. This course provides the initial building blocks for understanding the financial strengths and weaknesses of a corporation.

In this course, you’ll examine 21st-century supervisory concepts, laws, regulations, and HR practices. You’ll explore techniques for motivating employees of a diverse workforce, and you’ll evaluate the role of supervisors in organizational planning.

An examination of the social, ethical, economic, and political changes of different countries on the global business environment. The focus is on developing higher-level thinking skills and an ability to critically evaluate the differences in conducting business in various global markets. You’ll be assessed on your critical-thinking and decision-making skills in resolving complex research issues faced by managers when conducting business in different global markets.

This course addresses the management decisions of multinational enterprises (MNEs) that enhance success in a global economy. You’ll evaluate decision-making skills and situations faced by managers of MNEs to meet the challenges of global business environments. Global strategy, structures, and strategic management are all examined and practiced.

In this course, you’ll investigate organizational behavior (OB) and the impact individuals, groups, and structures have on that behavior within a global organization. Specifically, you’ll focus on how to improve productivity, reduce absenteeism and turnover, and increase global citizenship and job satisfaction. You’ll also explore tools and perspectives for guiding the productivity of others, predicting human behavior at work, and managing individuals from diverse backgrounds.

NOTE: Recommended courses listed are examples. Upon acceptance to the program, your initial plan will include these courses. You’re encouraged to choose your specialization courses based on your personal and professional goals, and to work with an advisor to revise your course plan to your interests.

Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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