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Lay a strong foundation for success in 27 different fields with a graduate certificate from the George Washington School of Business (GWSB). Take courses led by our top professors. Whether you are refreshing your education with modern practices or preparing for future industries, GWSB's certificate programs are for anyone looking to advance their career. Each 12-credit program features a flexible, part-time schedule, allowing working professionals to “earn while they learn.” The program is designed to support lifelong learning, inviting students to master an array of subjects, applying earned credits to a Specialized Master’s Degree or MBA.

Choose from 27 graduate certificates that can boost your career and enhance your skill set. Combine certificates to create a degree that’s unique to you.

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The Graduate Certificate in Accountancy provides a solid understanding of the fundamentals of accounting. It is an in-depth program for non-accountants and/or those who do not have a strong background in accounting. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and analyze a variety of financial reports and put them to practical use in their current and/or future business careers. The program is valuable to professionals in fields such as analytics, information systems technology, finance and management.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Analytics for Managers provides an applied and practical approach to understand the role of the manager in data analysis. Along with foundations in data and decision modeling, students will gain soft skills in managing the intersection of analytics and its management. The certificate prepares the student to be able to have meaningful conversations with both sides of the organization, the management and the data scientist.

The Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence prepares business leaders for the vast opportunities that innovations in Artificial Intelligence (AI) affords. AI is the next evolution of technology in business, driven by advancements in machine learning. Students will acquire foundational knowledge and hands-on skills in machine learning, deep learning, and embedded systems, and apply them to AI’s business applications including the Internet of Things (IoT).

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics offers foundational courses designed to train professionals in harnessing the power of “Big Data.” At the unique intersection of federal government agencies, Fortune 500 businesses, and advanced tech-savvy companies, GW School of Business is situated in a true epicenter of data analytics. Through descriptive, predictive and prescriptive methodologies, students will learn how to make data-driven decisions that are critical in today’s business and economic environment.

The graduate certificate in Capital Markets at the GW School of Business is a for-credit, graduate-level certificate program with a specific focus on capital markets. The certificate is sponsored by the IFC-Milken Institute. For more information about this certificate, please visit the IFC-Milken Institute Capital Markets Program.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

The Graduate Certificate in Cloud, Applications and Information Technology trains business leaders to learn, design, and implement cloud architecture and policies. Cloud-managed services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) accelerate businesses’ capacity for innovation and enable agile navigation through today’s hypercompetitive business climate. Students will acquire the skills to adeptly and securely deploy those services in order to help firms meet their needs.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Corporate Responsibility prepares professionals to become responsible leaders in business and understand a firm’s impact on society. The program emphasizes studying responsible behavior by individuals in organizations as well as the organizations themselves. The focus of the program lies on identifying the significance of values in business and demonstrating how integrating values in decision-making and strategy can promote responsible business in society.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

As an academic discipline, entrepreneurship has broadened its focus from simply starting something new to exploring how to take risks and creatively introduce new innovations. The core introductory Entrepreneurship course introduces students to the importance and benefits of entrepreneurship. The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to bring students together from different academic concentrations to learn, collaborate, discuss ideas, and create new ventures and businesses. In this program, students will establish a community that encourages innovation and creativity.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Crisis Management provides the skills needed to define emergencies and disasters as well as develop incident management plans for responding to and managing environmental and public health emergencies.

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing and Communications provides an overview of the expanding digital marketing and communications field. As a multidisciplinary program, coursework includes marketing management, digital marketing, and integrated marketing communications, as well as coursework from Information Systems and Decision Sciences, including web analytics and social network analysis. Students will gain an in-depth understanding and assessment of the role of analytics in marketing communication and strategy. 

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Energy Systems Management is designed for professionals in the engineering, business management and related disciplines who are required to manage organizations faced with complex and rapidly changing energy requirements in the United States and throughout the world. The program provides advanced education across the full spectrum of subjects central to the practice of energy management, including not only the policy, management and high-level technical understanding underlying challenges in the energy management area, but also the statutory and regulatory framework in which they are embedded, as well as social and policy considerations that are critically important in modern society.

Students in the graduate certificate program learn about alternative energy generation and energy resources management and open up new opportunities in a rapidly growing job sector as energy auditors, energy analysts, energy project managers and related positions. Students explore the latest information in energy efficient building design, microgrid, renewable energy development and advanced materials research while learning the economics of energy, the art of managing energy projects, and analytical methods of analyzing the viability and feasibility of energy projects.

GW’s proximity to the federal government, major energy organizations, and high-tech firms in the Washington, D.C. area allows certificate students to integrate their academic study with real-world practical experience and exposure to decision makers and top players in the energy management field.

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Systems Management is designed for professionals in the engineering, business management, and related disciplines who are required to manage organizations faced with complex and rapidly changing environmental requirements in the United States and throughout the world. The program provides advanced education across the full spectrum of subjects central to the practice of environmental management, including not only the policy, management and high-level technical understanding underlying challenges in the environmental management area, but also the statutory and regulatory framework in which they are embedded, as well as social and policy considerations that are critically important in modern society.

GW’s proximity to the federal government, major environmental organizations and high-tech firms in the Washington, D.C. area allows certificate students to integrate their academic study with real-world practical experience and exposure to decision makers and top players in the environmental management field.

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Management provides background and training in the financial aspects of three principal business functions: (1) obtaining necessary capital, (2) investing capital in assets and operations to ethically maximize value for owners and shareholders, and (3) distributing profits to shareholders. In addition to financial planning, students will learn how to determine the cost of capital and how to raise and use it. They will also learn how to assess financial and invested capital performance and how to best distribute earnings to equity holders.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Global Management prepares business leaders to succeed and lead in today’s global economy. Students will acquire the knowledge to assess and act upon the opportunities and challenges faced in the global business environment. Fulfilling the program’s elective requirement by participating in a GWSB-sponsored Short-Term Study Away Program is strongly encouraged.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting offers an in-depth understanding of accounting in the government and non-profit sectors. Located at the unique intersection of federal government agencies, international NGOs, and domestic non-profits, the GW School of Business is based in a major center of accounting needs for these prevalent organizations.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Hospitality Management uses a multidisciplinary approach and provides specialized knowledge in hotel development and management. Grounded in service management and the care of the travel consumer, coursework focuses on aspects of business development and operations. The development aspect of hospitality management provides ownership groups with investment advice in market analysis, feasibility studies, and asset management. The operations aspect focuses contract management, franchise agreements, and leaseholds.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Human Capital provides deep knowledge of the practices and research-based disciplines of human resource and talent management. Students will learn how effective human capital management supports an organization’s core strategy. Students will also learn key human resource competencies and talent management knowledge associated with the psychology of people, organizations, and career growth. Students will put to practical use what they have learned in the classroom. HR generalists and managers will gain a greater understanding the strategic function of human resources.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Investments and Portfolio Management provides students with theoretical concepts and practical knowledge to analyze and manage investments and portfolios. Students will learn risk–reward analysis strategies, active and passive portfolio management techniques, and portfolio performance evaluation methodologies.

Students must complete all of the required credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

Central to the progress and innovation of an organization, leadership is the ability to motivate others to act toward achieving a common goal. It is not related to typical notions of authority. Leadership skills require self-awareness, self-monitoring, social awareness, and relationship building. People with leadership skills can span all organizational levels and function areas. Students of the Graduate Certificate in Management Leadership will gain an in-depth understanding of the principals of effective leadership.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Management of Technology and Innovation focuses on organizational management and innovation/entrepreneurship processes. Students will explore broad technology strategies not only to maximize business applications, but also to launch and build new ventures.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Managing the Digital Organization shows how organizations use systems to collect, process, and distribute data. Information systems are not only the technology an organization uses, but also the way people support business processes through interaction with technology. Students in this program will gain an understanding of the components that make up information systems how they support all aspects of an organization’s operations, management, and decision making.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Marketing and Brand Management provides students with an in-depth understanding of the interface between marketing and brand management. The exciting area of brand management is considered by top executives to be a high-demand marketing specialty. Students will learn to strategically manage brands to help organizations create customer value, increase name recognition, and build brand loyalty in local and global markets. Students will acquire the knowledge needed to design organizational brand identity, manage the customer experience, measure and analyze brand performance, and differentiate brand communication strategies.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

In the last dozen years, project management has become an established management discipline. Used extensively in every sector of the economy, including all branches of government, industry, and non-profit organizations, project management, as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), is the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. The Graduate Certificate in Project Management prepares students with the diverse proficiencies and skills required to succeed in a project-based environment.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Business Foundations provides students with a solid grounding in the essential disciplines of business. Designed for students without a business degree or formal business education, the program offers functional instruction in accounting, marketing, finance, organizational behavior and human resource management.

The sports and recreation industry is estimated to be worth nearly $500 billion, with more than $60 billion earned from professional sports. The industry includes not only the management and marketing of sports organizations (from youth teams to professional leagues), but also the management of sports media, health/sports clubs, sporting goods stores, and sporting venues. The Graduate Certificate in Sport Management prepares students with a solid understanding of sports marketing, media, law, and facility management.

Students must complete all of the required credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

The Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management prepares future business leaders with strategic management principles by emphasizing the executive manager’s perspective and evaluating the strategy of various types of organizations in the global economy. Courses cover key areas associated with strategic management including corporate strategy, competitive strategy, corporate political and non-market strategy, business and government relations, strategic decision making, strategic networks, and strategic leadership. This program is valuable to individuals interested in the fields of consulting, business development, corporate strategy, corporate political strategy, sustainability, strategic compliance, and business and government relations.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

This online Graduate Certificate in Tourism Management provides specialized knowledge in tourism development and management. Current tourism development and management challenges require integrated solutions crossing policy, planning, entrepreneurship, marketing, and collaborations among different service sectors in destinations. This program is valuable for tourism professionals and career changers with a wide range of backgrounds and interests in tourism, events, and hospitality.

Students must complete all of the required and elective credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

 

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More than 250 program  possibilities. Create a  graduate business education that fits your career goals.

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With access to multi-national corporations, renowned non-profits and influential government agencies, you'll have plenty of career opportunities right in your back yard. Our Graduate Career Management Office will guide you through the process of landing your dream job with tools and systems to help you research careers, develop your resume and prepare for interviews.

Connect with Alumni Worldwide

GWSB's extensive network of over 55,000 graduates spans endless industries across the globe. Our alumni regularly connect with current students and fellow alumni, attend events, collaborate with each other and help GWSB evolve and expand. It's this involvement by our graduates that truly contributes to the success of the school. Examples of where our alumni work include:

 

Amazon

 

Chevron

 

Deloitte

 

Lilly

 

Microsoft

 




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