Jul 04, 2022  
2020-2021 University Bulletin 
2020-2021 University Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Specialized Business Certificate

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The specialized business certificate is a highly flexible certificate earned in as little as one semester, yielding a deeper understanding and practical skills in a specialized business area. Six credit hours are required to complete the Specialized Business Certificate. 

Students may earn a Specialized Business Certificate for completing any of Brennan’s six-credit Core Modules:

  • Leadership & Ethics
  • Business Problem Solving, Negotiation & Strategy
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Markets & Consumers
  • Analytics & Operations

Students may also elect to pursue the specialized business certificate in the following areas. These can be earned by either completing one core course and one MBA elective course, or by completing two MBA elective courses.

  • Accounting
  • Data Analytics
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Leadership
  • Marketing

Finally, in consultation with Brennan’s Director of Graduate Programs, students may design a specialized business certificate in another area by completing at least six credit hours in two related courses. 

Certificate students are responsible for notifying Brennan’s Director of Graduate Programs when they have registered for the final course necessary to complete the certificate. 

Prior to admission, certificate students must have completed an undergraduate degree and the equivalent courses to meet the pre-requisites of any courses they will take in the specialized business certificate program.

The following MBA elective courses can be completed as part of the Specialized Business Certificate.

Required Courses:

Students must complete the MBA core course that corresponds to the focus area of their selected certificate. 

Complete one of the following core courses:

Complete three courses from one of the following areas:


The advanced certificate in accounting is designed for students who possess an undergraduate degree in Accounting or the equivalent. Any student planning to sit for the CPA exam may work closely with an advisor to select appropriate coursework to earn an accounting certificate.

Eligible accounting courses:

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