Graduate Certificates provide students with the opportunity to deepen their skills in a particular subject. They may be completed at any time while taking Master of Business Administration courses provided the prerequisites are met, or may be completed as a stand-alone certificate.
The credit for a single course cannot be applied to more than one degree or certificate; any exceptions or variations must be approved by the MBA/MM exceptions committee.
The following Foundational Knowledge course is required and must be completed before courses for the Graduate Certificate:
This course is designed to provide new ways of thinking about leadership philosophies and strategies to influence the behaviors of individuals and groups in organizations. Students begin with an exploration of the nature of effective leadership and leadership theories. Understanding power, creating change, developing teams, and guiding group decisions are examined in the context of the roles of a leader. Students learn how to recognize leadership traits and approaches so they can develop their own leadership style. Case studies involving real-world situations that confront leaders are used so that students can formulate strategies to improve the performance of followers through effective leadership. A grade of C or better is required on the final assessment in order to earn a passing grade in this course. Applicable Course Fees can be found at https://my.davenport.edu/financial-aid/how-much-does-du-cost/tuition-and-fees.
This course explores the entrepreneurial process and its applications in new ventures and other aspects of business management. It examines various approaches to building new venture teams, securing financial support and implementing strategies for sustainable enterprise growth and development. The student will develop the ability to recognize and promote opportunities for change in their organization. Applicable Course Fees can be found at https://my.davenport.edu/financial-aid/how-much-does-du-cost/tuition-and-fees.
Students will gain an understanding of the concepts and practices necessary to lead companies in a project environment; impacting all areas of the organization, such as operations management, technology initiatives, human resources policies and product development. The course will focus on translating global organizational objectives into project initiatives that meet corporate goals. Topics include leadership and communication skills, the role of the Project Management Office (PMO), and the associated processes and controls required to manage project portfolios in a coordinated global environment. Special focus is given to agile project management concepts necessary to operate in an ever-changing environment. Applicable Course Fees can be found at https://my.davenport.edu/financial-aid/how-much-does-du-cost/tuition-and-fees.
An interdisciplinary approach to organization design and development serves as the foundation to evaluate organization performance at many levels. This class emphasizes the alignment of organizational design objectives, which focus on structure and systems to improve efficiency, with organizational development objectives to improve individual performance, group effectiveness and organizational culture. Within the context of an organization’s mission and stakeholder set, the influence of different structures and systems on organizational culture and communication are evaluated to identify the optimum design that will support long term performance and development goals. Applicable Course Fees can be found at https://my.davenport.edu/financial-aid/how-much-does-du-cost/tuition-and-fees.
Prerequisite(s): HRMG700 or MGMT653
The nature of the global economy and constantly changing environments results in organizations that must be adaptable to be successful. Nothing changes until people’s behaviors change. This course will focus on the role a transformational leader plays in creating a culture of change and managing change. Transformational leaders direct change by creating a compelling shared vision and effectively communicating this vision to all stakeholders. The full range of transformational leadership behaviors and strategies to build and sustain a culture that embraces change will be explored. Case studies and real-life scenarios will be used to better understand resistance to change, change obstacles, ethical ramifications, and how a leader can anticipate and overcome these challenges. Applicable Course Fees can be found at https://my.davenport.edu/financial-aid/how-much-does-du-cost/tuition-and-fees.
Prerequisite(s): MGMT653 or MGMT760