2016-2017 Graduate Catalog

The Post Graduate Certificate Series

CLU's Post Graduate Certificate Series enables those with graduate degrees to further distinguish themselves in the work force and advance their career opportunities by continuing to broaden their knowledge base.

Individuals who have already earned their MBA, MPPA or a similar advanced degree can earn a certificate in one of CLU's MBA professional tracks by completing a set of four targeted courses.  Additional courses may be required for students without an MBA degree to meet prerequisites for select Professional Tracks.

The Post MBA program is tailored to the working professional and a certificate of mastery can be completed in one year by attending class one evening per week.

Specifics of the Program-CLU's Post Graduate Certificate Program Series

  • is offered exclusively to individuals who already hold an MBA or similar graduate-level degree.
  • can be completed in one year by going to class one night per week, or by taking two years to complete the four courses. Courses are offered year-round (four 11-week in-class terms) giving certificate candidates flexibility to balance the demands of career and personal commitments with the pace of the program.
  • is tailored to the working professional. Classes are held in the evening and, in some cases, on weekends.
  • provides a choice of six professional tracks: Enterprise Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Capital Management, Information Technology, International Business, and Marketing. Course requirements will vary depending on applicant’s academic background and will be determined during the admission process.
  • allows professionals to continue graduate-level study at a significantly discounted rate (see University Costs for tuition and fees).

Admission Counseling

Prior to enrollment in classes, applicants may make an appointment for an advisement interview with an admission counselor. This exploratory interview will clarify individual program requirements and provide the opportunity to answer students’ questions. If you would like advisement or wish to meet with an admission counselor, call (805) 493-3325 to schedule an appointment.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission to the Post Graduate Certificate Program Series should provide the Graduate Enrollment Office with the following:

  1. A completed application form and non-refundable application fee.
  2. Evidence of an interview with an admission counselor.
  3. If your graduate degree was not earned at CLU, submit official transcripts of your graduate degree.1
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Additional documentation may be required including undergraduate transcripts.

Registration

Once you receive an admission confirmation, you may register for classes by following the instructions on the Registrar’s Office website at www.callutheran.edu/registrar. There are four 11-week terms each year:

  1. Fall (September-November)
  2. Winter (November-February)
  3. Spring (February-May)
  4. Summer (May-August)

New students may begin the program at the start of any term once they have been admitted.

Program Completion

All work toward a certificate must be completed within two years. The term before completion of course work, students must submit an Application for Certificate to the Registrar’s Office. Upon completion of all course work, graduates will receive a certificate of mastery and official transcripts detailing their course work.

Professional Tracks 

Post Graduate Certificate Program Series students may select four courses from a specific track or they may work toward a customized program, which consists of four courses in any of the professional tracks. Students interested in a customized program must meet with an adviser and acquire departmental consent. The professional tracks are Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Finance, Financial Planning, Human Capital Management, Information Technology, International Business, and Marketing.

Financial Planning

Individuals who have already earned their MBA in Financial Planning or have obtained a Certified Financial Planner designation can earn a Post-MBA Certificate in Advanced Financial Planning by completing a set of four targeted courses. (Each course is three credits.)

BUS 531AMacroeconomics for Investments3
BUS 528Strategic Financial Analysis,3
BUS 555Psychological-Cultural Dynamics of Communication and Persuasion3
BUS 560Advanced Estate Planning3
BUS 564Behavioral Finance3
BUS 566Social Psychology of Leading Clients3
BUS 594Financial Planning for Small and Family Businesses.3

Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Successful completion of four courses (one Emphasis and three Professional Concentration courses)  is required to earn a Certificate in Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  (Each course is 3 credits.)

Required Emphasis Course:12
MBA 522Innovative Business Models3
Select three Professional Concentration courses from the list below:
MBA 550Agile Product Development3
MBA 551Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling3
MBA 552Entrepreneurial Finance3
MBA 553Growth Stage Venture Management3
MBA 5STE-Special Topics of Entrepreneurial Management

Finance

Successful completion of four courses (one Emphasis and three Professional Concentration courses) is required to earn a Certificate in Finance. (Each course is 3 credits.)

Required Emphasis Course:
MBA 521Corporate Finance3
Select three Professional Concentration courses from the list below:
MBA 540Financial Strategy3
MBA 541Strategic Financial Analysis3
MBA 542Investment and Portfolio Management3
MBA 543Real Estate Investments3
MBA 544Buyouts and Acquisitions3
MBA 545Behavioral Finance3
MBA 552Entrepreneurial Finance3
MBA 561International Finance3
MBA 5STF-Special Topics of Finance

Information Technology

Successful completion of four courses (one Emphasis and three Professional Concentration courses)  is required to earn a Certificate in Information Technology Management. (Each course is 3 credits.)

Required Emphasis Course:
IT 509Data Management3
Select three Professional Concentration courses from the list below:
IT 510Software Planning and Development3
IT 512Project Management3
IT 513Information Security3
IT 514Distributed Systems3
IT 520IT Strategy and Business Value3
IT 582Special Topic3

International Business

Successful completion of four courses (one Emphasis and three Professional Concentration courses)  is required to earn a Certificate in International Business. (Each course is 3 credits.)

Required Emphasis Course:
MBA 523International Business3
Select three Professional Concentration courses from the list below:12
MBA 560International Business Law3
MBA 561International Finance3
MBA 562International Marketing3
MBA 563Global Strategy3
MBA 564Applied International Management3
MBA 574Global Human Resource Management3
MBA 5STI Special Topics of International Business

Human Capital Management 

Successful completion of four courses (one Emphasis and three Professional Concentration courses)  is required to earn a Certificate in Human Capital Management (Each course is 3 credits.)

Required Emphasis Course:
MBA 524Human Capital Management Strategy3
Select three Professional Concentration courses from the list below:
MBA 570Compensation Management3
MBA 571Talent Recruitment and Selection3
MBA 572Employee Relations3
MBA 573Training and Development3
MBA 574Global Human Resource Management3
MBA 575Employment Law3
MBA 5STH Special Topics of Human Capital Management

Marketing

Successful completion of four courses (one Emphasis and three Professional Concentration courses) is required to earn a Certificate in Marketing. (Each course is 3 credits.)

Required Emphasis Course:12
MBA 520Marketing Research3
Select three Professional Concentration courses from the list below:
MBA 530CRM in the Digital Age3
MBA 531Sales Management3
MBA 532Strategic Public Relations3
MBA 533Strategic Brand Management3
MBA 534Consumer Behavior3
MBA 535Advertising Management3
MBA 562International Marketing3
MBA 5STM Special Topics of Marketing