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College of Business and Economic Development

Certificate Programs

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Professional Selling

To meet the increasing demand for specifically educated professional sales personnel, the School of Marketing offers an undergraduate certificate in Professional Selling. This certificate is designed to enhance the essential knowledge and skills one much possess to manage sales and customer relationships successfully. Find out more about the undergraduate certificate in Professional Selling

Coursework: (12 hours) Professional Selling; Advanced Professional Selling; Sales Management; and a relevant elective. 

Casino Management

This certificate develops proficiencies in casino resort operations management. The program is designed for business students who are not pursuing a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management but are interested in casino resort management careers.

This program could also be an opportunity for hospitality and tourism professionals seeking professional development opportunities, allowing them to expand their knowledge in casino resort management. Find out more about the undergraduate certificate in Casino Management.

Coursework: (15 hours) Casino and Resort Operations; Casino and Resort Marketing; Customer Service Management; Revenue Management in Hospitality Operations; and Regulatory, Legal and Security Aspects of Casino Operations 

Retail Merchandising

Individuals working in retail merchandising play a pivotal role in determining a company’s supply and demand projections, increasing sales and ensuring customer satisfaction. The certificate program in Retail Merchandising provides skills to make students competitive in the dynamic, consumer driven retail merchandising field. Find our more about the undergraduate certificate in Retail Merchandising

Coursework: (12 hours) Principles of Merchandising, Retail Buying and Assortment Planning, Applied Merchandising, and one of the following: Retail Management and Strategy, Retail Merchandising Internship, Marketing Internship (related to Retailing). Merchandising majors are not eligible for this certificate.

Apparel Construction and Design

The certificate program offers a rich 360o approach to the ways in which apparel goes from one person's great idea to the closets of millions of people. Through hands-on learning, you can experience apparel creation from the initial design phase all the way through marketing. You will also learn how to anticipate demand by learning about the history of apparel and how society affects the way we dress. Find out more about the undergraduate certificate in Apparel Construction and Design

Coursework for Merchandising Major: (12 hours) Introduction to Costume; Costume Laboratory; Costume Technology Studio; and Advanced Costume Design

Coursework for Theatre Major: (12 hours) Textile Industrial Complex; Societal Influences on Consumer Behavior; and Apparel Product Development

Coursework for Other Major: (15 hours) Textile Industrial Complex; Introduction to Costume; Costume Laboratory; and two relevant electives 

Business Essentials (for non-business majors)

The certificate in Business Essentials was created specifically for non-business students, allowing those pursuing their dreams in other fields of study the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of business skills valued in every industry. Whether you are earning your degree in the arts, nursing, computer engineering, psychology, or another field, all students can benefit from a grounding in business principles, supplementing their area of expertise and boosting career options. This program is not to be pursued by business students. Find out more about the undergraduate certificate in Business Essentials

Coursework: (12 hours) Introduction of Business; Personal Finance; and two relevant electives 

Graduate Certificate Programs

Economic Development

This certificate is designed to provide knowledge and skills for those currently employed or pursuing careers in economic development. The program was developed with working professionals in mind. All courses are offered in a blended format with interactive, web-based, evening classes and intense, in-person, weekend meetings. Find out more about the graduate certificate in Economic Development. 

The main objectives of the program are to provide students with: 

  • A theoretical and practical understanding of economic development, including business retention and expansion, business attraction and entrepreneurship 
  • The ability to practice data-driven, results-oriented economic development. 

Coursework: (12 hours) Business Attraction and Retention; Economic Development Data Analytics and Theory; Real Estate and Land Use Planning; and a relevant elective. 

Business Foundations

This certificate was specifically designed to provide foundational knowledge of business on a graduate level. It is ideal for people who do not have a business background but are responsible for managing people, projects and budgets in a variety of career fields. The knowledge acquired through this program is especially useful for those who wish to seek an MBA in the future. Find out more about the graduate certificate in Business Foundations. 

Coursework: (12 hours) Marketing Foundations; Management Foundations; Accounting Foundations; and Finance Foundations

Sport Security Management

This program is designed to provide the necessary management capabilities and knowledge needed to meet the safety and security challenges in a sport environment. This certificate is ideal for anyone who needs to acquire skills quickly to launch a new career in sport security. Find out more about the graduate certificate in Sport Security Management. 

Coursework: (12 hours) Introduction to Sport Security Management; Threat and Risk Assessment of Sport Venues; Sport Event Emergency Response Planning; and a relevant elective


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