Advanced Studies in Business

Graduate Certificate | Fully Online

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Business allows professionals from various backgrounds to learn how management principles can be applied in any business or organization. Professionals will complete five courses that teach the essentials of business management and cover such topics as financial and operations management, employee and customer relations, external economic environment, and strategic direction and leadership.

These courses will also meet the needs of professionals who wish to earn an MBA but lack the necessary course pre-requisites.

Learn more about Admissions for this program: http://www.ship.edu/PreMBA/Admissions

Admission Requirements and Process
To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Business
applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Complete a non-degree graduate application online at HERE.
  • Complete the paper application specific to this program found HERE
  • Submit official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts documenting the earned degree.

MBA Option
Option to transfer to MBA Program:

BSN 510, 511, 512, and 513 may be used to satisfy MBA prerequisite/foundation requirements at Shippensburg University.
Application to the MBA Program must be made no later than the completion of 12 credits.

Visit www.ship.edu/MBA for current admissions requirements for the MBA program.

Course Registration Information
For more information on scheduling courses, please see www.ship.edu/PCDE/Registration/.

Tuition, Fees, and Payment Information
For information on tuition and fees, please visit www.ship.edu/Student_Accounts/.

Cancellation Policy
Shippensburg University reserves the right to cancel any courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

Course Information & Schedule

Program Delivery
The 20-credit certificate program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals and can be completed in one year. The program is offered completely online allowing for flexibility and convenience in completing coursework. Each course will be:

  • 4 credits
  • Limited to 25 students
  • Fully online
  • Offered at least once each calendar year so student can easily complete the certificate in one year

Course Information

Dates are tentative and subject to change. However, every effort will be made to offer the courses on the dates indicated.

  • Summer 2015 BSN 511 Business Operations and Analysis
  • Summer 2015 BSN 512 Essentials of Accounting and Finance
  • Fall 2015 BSN 510 Economic and Information Systems Environment
  • Fall 2015 BSN 513 Organizational Behavior and Marketing
  • Fall 2015 BSN 514 Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Winter 2015 BSN 511 Business Operations and Analysis
  • Spring 2016 BSN 512 Essentials of Accounting and Finance
  • Summer 2016 BSN 511 Business Operations and Analysis
  • Summer 2016 BSN 510 Economic and Information Systems Environment
  • Summer 2016 BSN 513 Organizational Behavior and Marketing

Course Descriptions

BSN 510 Economic and Information Systems Environment (4 credits)
Introduction to macroeconomic and microeconomic principles with an emphasis to applications to modern business problems. Major topics include supply and demand, consumer behavior, theory of the firm, market structure and competition, monetary and fiscal policy, and international trade. The role of information technology in business environment is also discussed, including such topics as doing business on the Internet, database management, client-server networks, information security, and software tools such as Excel.

BSN 511 Business Operations and Analysis (4 credits)
Explores the responsibilities and processes needed for a business to provide a product or service to customers. Case studies and real-world examples are used extensively to investigate the problems encountered in these business operations. Quantitative and non-quantitative methods and models are used in the analysis of topical subject areas such as forecasting, capacity planning, materials management, scheduling, and quality control.

BSN 512 Essentials of Accounting and Finance (4 credits)
Introduces the basics of financial accounting and financial management. The accounting concepts, practices, and principles that guide the preparation of the balance sheet, income statement, and the statement of cash flows are all presented. Financial management concepts and techniques are used to evaluate the financial performance of the firm. Topics include financial statement analysis, working capital management, and capital budgeting. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and limitations of financial reports and their use in evaluating the performance of the firm.

BSN 513 Organizational Behavior and Marketing
The organizational behavior component examines human behavior in organizations and considers the practical skills managers need to motivate peers and subordinates, make decisions, deal with conflict, and succeed in a team-based environment. The marketing component examines marketing planning, marketing research, buyer behavior, market segmentation and targeting, as well as the key elements of a marketing strategy.

BSN 514 Strategic Management and Leadership
Explores strategic vision and direction. The importance of achieving a fit between the internal and external environment for organizational survival and success is a central issue. The strategic concepts of competitive advantage, strategy formulation and implementation, power and influence, organizational change, and leader-follower-situation dynamics will be addressed. Case studies, business articles and text material will be used to examine strategy and leadership theory, heuristics, and practice.

MBA Option
Option to transfer to MBA Program:

BSN 510, 511, 512, and 513 may be used to satisfy MBA prerequisite/foundatio requirements at Shippensburg Universit

Application to the MBA Program must be made no later than the completion of 12 credits

Visit www.ship.edu/MBA for current admissions requirements for the MBA program

Program Support & Contacts

For more information about registration, course schedule, contact:
Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education (PCDE)
(717) 477-1502
pcde@ship.edu

For more information about the MBA program and courses:
Dr. Robert Stephens, Ph.D., MBA Director
John L. Grove College of Business
717-477-1483
MBA@ship.edu

Expand Your Opportunities
At Shippensburg University, you have the opportunity to set yourself apart and become a strategic, forward-thinking leader. The John L. Grove College of Business Master in Business Administration - MBA degree program offers high quality and outstanding value.

The AACSB-accredited MBA program is designed to help you to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy. Our committed faculty is ready to take you to the next level, are you?

Learn more about accreditation, and 2015 award - online MBA program is named in top 100 by U.S. News

Convenient Locations, Flexible Program
Ship delivers its MBA degree program in three convenient formats:

Ship MBA-Professional: A part-time, evening hybrid format designed for working professionals and offered at multiple sites, including Shippensburg University, Dixon University Center (Harrisburg), York Learning Center, and East Stroudsburg University.

Ship MBA-Full Time: This full-time plan of study can be completed in one year.

Ship MBA-Online: Fully online format that can be completed in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).