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Associate Degree Business Certificates

A certificate program can allow you to earn credentials that enhance your employability while offering a gateway to a college degree. Start by completing the credit courses and earning the certificate, and then apply the courses toward a degree now or in the future. This is a great strategy to use credit certificates to step-up to a degree.

Business Essentials for Professionals (12 Credits)

This certificate is designed for adult learners who want knowledge and skills in the management of information systems, effective communication, selling techniques and a general understanding of economic issues and trends. Most of the courses in this certificate can be taken in an accelerated seven week format.

  • MIS 204 Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • ECON 102 or 104 Introductory Micro/Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
  • CAS 100 Effective Speech
  • MKTG 220 Introduction to Selling Techniques

Foundations in Business (16 Credits)

  • CAS 100 Effective Speech
  • ENGL 015 Rhetoric and Composition Requires ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on placement exam
  • MIS 204 Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • ECON 102 or 104 Introductory Micro/Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy
  • B A 243 Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business (4)M.

Advanced Foundations in Business (16 Credits)

  • PSYCH 100 Introductory Psychology
  • ACCTG 211 Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making (4)
  • B A 250 Small Business Management
  • MKTG 220 Introduction to Selling Techniques
  • MATH 021 College Algebra I*

Business Administration (12 Credits)

The Business Administration Certificate is designed to teach the critical skills and knowledge needed to function effectively in today’s workplace. This program may be used as a step-up to the associate degree in Business Administration.

  • STAT 200 Elementary Statistics
  • MGMT 301 Basic Management Concepts
  • MKTG 301W Principles of Marketing
  • ENGL 202D Effective Writing: Business Writing

Participants must have completed the foundations certificates before selecting a specialty business certificate.

* The ALEKS Math Assessment is an on-line math placement test that will determine what level of math to enroll in, if you haven’t completed college level math or if it’s been some time since you have. Contact the Advising and Career Development office at 717-771-4053 for more information and to access the assessment.

Specialty Baccalaureate Business Certificates

The following certificates are baccalaureate business certificates. Students interested in the following certificates must have completed the three associate degree certificates to take 300-level courses.

Business Management Certificate (9 credits)

This program offers an excellent basic education in business management and meets the needs of a wide range of adult business students.

  • MATH 021 College Algebra
  • MGMT 301 Basic Management Concepts
  • MGMT 341 Human Resource Management

Supervisory Management (9 credits)

The Penn State Supervisory Management Program is designed to meet the needs of adult students interested in improving their understanding of employee behavior and skills needed to supervise others.

  • MGMT 301 Basic Management Concepts
  • MATH 021 College Algebra I
  • MGMT 321 Leadership and Motivation

Advanced Supervisory Management (13 credits)

This credit certificate is designed for adult students who have completed the Supervisory Management Certificate and want to “step-up.” With just four more courses (13 credits) beyond the Supervisory Management Certificate you can earn the Advanced Supervisory Management Certificate.

  • MGMT 331 Management and Organization
  • SCM 200 Introduction to Statistics for Business (4)
  • ENGL 202D Effective Writing: Business Writing
  • MGMT 341 Human Resource Management

Human Resources Management (18 Credits)

The Human Resource Management Certificate program is designed for people interested in learning more about the skills necessary to manage in the human resource field. This program would appeal to employees newly appointed to or supporting the human resources issues, or people who are interested in entering the human resource field.

Required Courses:

  • MGMT 301 Basic Management Concepts
  • MGMT 321 Leadership and Motivation
  • MGMT 331 Management and Organization
  • MGMT 341 Human Resource Management

Elective Courses (choose two):

  • ECON 102 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy
  • PSYCH100 Introductory Psychology
  • SOC 003 Introductory Social Psychology
  • CAS 100 Effective Speech

 

For more information about a certificate program or to register, contact Continuing Education at 717-771-4067 or ce@yk.psu.edu.

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