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Administrative Essentials Certificate

See MSA Graduate Certificates for more information.

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 18 hours

The 18 credit MSA Graduate Certificate program is designed for regularly admitted graduate students who desire advanced training in the field of administration. A maximum of six (6) semester hours from a previous or concurrent graduate degree or certificate can be transferred toward a graduate certificate. Students may substitute courses only with the approval of the MSA Director. Students may use up to 6 transfer credits providing they meet the criteria for transfer credit outlined in this bulletin.

Course work and other requirements must be completed within seven years prior to the awarding of a graduate certificate. Prior learning credit may not be used on the certificate program.

The Administrative Essentials graduate certificate program is designed to develop administrative professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead, support, diagnose problems and implement solutions that enhance organizational performance. Those earning this credential will be prepared for leadership positions in a variety of industries. If the graduate student decides to pursue the MSA degree, MSA 601, MSA 602 , MSA 603, and MSA 604 credit may be used toward the MSA degree. Credit earned for MSA 501 and/or MSA 609 may be applied as concentration or cognate credit, depending on the student’s concentration.

Note: Students may not use more than 12 credits of College of Business courses.

Required Courses (18 hours)

MSA 501The Emotionally Intelligent Organization


MSA 601Organizational Dynamics and Human Behavior


MSA 602Financial Analysis, Planning and Control


MSA 603Strategic Planning for the Administrator


MSA 604Administration, Globalization and Multiculturalism


MSA 609Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Private Sector Organizations


When appropriate, other courses may be substituted with the approval of the MSA Director.

Total: 18 semester hours