Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates are competency-based qualifications designed to provide you with specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. Successful completion of a graduate certificate is stackable to a Katz MBA or a related MS degree program.

Intended for working professionals, courses are offered in the evenings and weekends, and may be available in either on-campus or online format. Graduate Certificates typically require successful completion of 15 credits and some may require pre-requisite coursework. Each is designed to be completed in 2-3 terms. Start your Graduate Certificate in the Fall, Spring or Summer and take up to three years to complete.

Upon successful completion of a graduate certificate, students receive a certificate and recognition of their achievement noted on their University of Pittsburgh transcript. Graduate certificates offer immediate value to current employers and demonstrate mastery of in-demand business skills to potential future employers. If you are considering an MBA or MS degree program, but are not ready to commit, graduate certificates may be right for you.

Do any of the Katz PhD Program Areas of Study qualify as STEM Degrees?

No, regardless of your specific area of study, our doctoral program is classified as a PhD in Business Administration and so it is not considered to be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program.

Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Basic Requirements

Prospective students who have completed an undergraduate degree are welcome to apply for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Certificate in Accounting. Any Pitt graduate student is eligible to pursue the certificate in addition to their declared degree program.

Required Courses and Electives

Total Credits: 15 credits

Required Courses (3 credits):

Course Credits
BACC 2401 Financial Accounting 3.0

Electives (12 credits); choose from the following, others with permission of Area Faculty Director:

Course Credits
BACC 2510 Intermediate Financial Reporting 1 1.5
BACC 2511 Intermediate Financial Reporting 2 1.5
BACC 2525 Financial Statement Analysis 3.0
BACC 2528 Managerial Accounting 1.5
BACC 2466 Risk Management & Compliance 1.5
BACC 2537 Taxes & Management Decisions 1.5
BACC 2529 Strategic Cost Analysis 1.5

Students are awarded the Graduate Certificate when all of the following criteria are satisfied:

A minimum of 15.0 credits of approved graduate-level coursework.
The appropriate distribution of required core courses.
A minimum cumulative quality point average (QPA) of 3.0 (B) overall.

Faculty Contact

Vicky B. Hoffman
Professor of Business Administration
Area Director for Accounting

Barry Jay Epstein
Faculty Fellow

 

Graduate Certificate in Finance

Basic Requirements

Prospective students who have completed an undergraduate degree are welcome to apply for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Certificate in Finance. Any Pitt graduate student is eligible to pursue the certificate in addition to their declared degree program. 

Required Courses and Electives

Total Credits: 15 credits

Required Courses (3 credits):

Course

Credits

BFIN 2409 Financial Management 1

1.5

BFIN 2410 Financial Management 2

1.5

Electives (12 credits); choose from the following, others with permission of Area Faculty Director:

Course

Credits

BFIN 2015 Short-Term Finance

1.5

BFIN 2036 Corporate Finance

3.0

BFIN 2030 Valuation 1

1.5

BFIN 2130 Valuation 2

1.5

BFIN 2039 Investment Management / Capital Markets

3.0

BFIN 2068 Markets & Trading

1.5

Students are awarded the Graduate Certificate when all of the following criteria are satisfied:

A minimum of 15.0 credits of approved graduate-level coursework.

The appropriate distribution of required core courses.

A minimum cumulative quality point average (QPA) of 3.0 (B) overall.

Faculty Contact

Chad J. Zutter
Professor of Business Administration
Area Director for Finance

 

 

Graduate Certificate in Management Science

Supply Chain & Operations Management

Business operations involve the processes of delivering services and products to its customers.  How well a company manages its operations has significant implications on its productivity, quality, delivery, customer experience and profitability. The Graduate Certificate in Management Science covers Operations and Supply Chain Analytics.  Professionals with strong management science skills can help businesses control their operational systems and achieve strategic goals in meeting customer expectations. 

In this 15-credit certificate program, students will learn to employ management science techniques such as optimization, simulation, and statistics to deploy minimum resources to achieve maximum outcomes.  They will receive interdisciplinary training of problem solving and decision making, with strong emphasis on management, business, consulting, marketing, finance, and other fields. Operations endeavor is omnipresent and cuts across every sector and industry.  By completing this certificate program, students can enhance their knowledge and skills to improve organization’s performance.

Basic Requirements

Prospective students who have completed an undergraduate degree are welcome to apply for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Certificate in Management Science. Any Pitt graduate student is eligible to pursue the certificate in addition to their declared degree program. 

Required Courses and Electives

Total Credits: 15 credits

Required Courses (4.5 credits):

Course

Credits

BQOM 2401* Statistical Analysis

3.0

BQOM 2421* Decision Technologies

1.5

*Students must earn a grade of 3.0 (B) or better

Electives (10.5 credits); choose from the following, others with the permission of Area Faculty Director

Course

Credits

BQOM 2512 Advanced Decision Technologies

1.5

BQOM 2557 Multivariate Data Analysis 1

1.5

BQOM 2559 Applied Simulation & Optimization

1.5

BQOM 2523 Process Engineering

1.5

BQOM 2524 Production Management & Process Improvement

1.5

BQOM 2531 Global Supply Chain Management

1.5

BQOM 2578 Data Mining

3.0

Students are awarded the Graduate Certificate when all of the following criteria are satisfied:

A minimum of 15.0 credits of approved graduate-level coursework.

The appropriate distribution of required core courses.

A minimum cumulative quality point average (QPA) of 3.0 (B) overall.

Faculty Contact

Jennifer Shang
Professor of Business Administration
Area Director for Business Analytics and Operations
230 Mervis Hall
shang@katz.pitt.edu

 

Graduate Certificate in Technology Management

Basic Requirements

Prospective students who have completed an undergraduate degree are welcome to apply for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Certificate in Technology Management. Any Pitt graduate student is eligible to pursue the certificate in addition to their declared degree program. 

Required Courses and Electives

Total Credits: 15 credits

Required Courses (1.5 credits):

Course

Credits

BMIS 2409 Information Systems Management

1.5

Electives (13.5 credits); choose from the following, others with permission of Area Faculty Director:

Course

Credits

BMIS 2053 Designing the User Experience

3.0

BMIS 2525 Current Issues in Computing

1.5

BMIS 2588 Database Management

3.0

BMIS 2542 Programming Essentials with Python

3.0

BMIS 2526 Advanced Data Programming with R

3.0

BMIS 2551 Project Management Concepts & Processes

3.0

BMIS 2679 Technology Innovation, Adoption & Diffusion

3.0

BMIS 2689 Technology Enabled Business Transformation

3.0

BSPP 2111 Commercializing New Technologies

3.0

Students are awarded the Graduate Certificate when all of the following criteria are satisfied:

A minimum of 15.0 credits of approved graduate-level coursework.

The appropriate distribution of required core courses.

A minimum cumulative quality point average (QPA) of 3.0 (B) overall.

Faculty Contact

Chris F. Kemerer
Professor of Business Administration
Area Director for Information Systems & Technology Management

David. M. Roderick Professor of Information Systems

 

 

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

The rise of the internet, multimedia, and social media is fueling data growth at an exponential speed—and business analytics is the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity. Professionals who can grasp the implications of data through business analytics will improve their firms’ competiveness and unlock new levels of productivity and growth.

This 15-credit certificate is designed to equip students with the quantitative skills to collect and evaluate data, and the qualitative skills to communicate the findings. Students will learn how to conduct data mining, database management, data programming, and other forms of advanced data analysis. Ultimately, students will be able to use data as a strategic asset to make better decisions and drive results.

Basic Requirements

Prospective students who have completed an undergraduate degree are welcome to apply for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics. Any Pitt graduate student is eligible to pursue the certificate in addition to their declared degree program. 

Admissions to the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics program may be conditional pending the successful completion of pre-requisite coursework:

  • Earn minimum 3.25 (B+) in BQOM 2401 Statistical Analysis or equivalent
  • Earn minimum 3.00 (B) in BQOM 2421 Decision Technologies or equivalent

Required Courses and Electives

Total Credits: 15 credits

Required Courses (12 credits):

Course

Credits

BQOM 2512: Advanced Decision Technologies

1.5

BQOM 2557: Multivariate Data Analysis 1

1.5

BQOM 2578: Data Mining

3

BMIS 2588: Database Management

3

Programming course requirement (BMIS 2542 or BMIS 2526)

3

Electives (3 credits); choose from the following, others with permission of Area Faculty Director:

Course

Credits

Programming course requirement (BMIS 2542 or BMIS 2526)

3

BQOM 2537: Forecasting

1.5

BQOM 2558: Multivariate Data Analysis 2

1.5

BQOM 2559: Applied Simulation & Optimization (co-requisite BQOM 2512)

1.5

BACC 2523: Accounting Data Analytics (pre-requisite BUSACC/BACC 1236)

3

BMKT 2544: Shopper Analytics (pre-requisite BMKT 2409)

3

BMKT 2551: Digital & Social Media Analytics (pre-requisite BMKT 2409)

1.5

Students are awarded the Graduate Certificate when all of the following criteria are satisfied:

A minimum of 15.0 credits of approved graduate-level coursework.

The appropriate distribution of required core courses.

A minimum cumulative quality point average (QPA) of 3.0 (B) overall.

Career Opportunities

The immediate need for professionals versed in data analytics is fueled by the explosion of data generated online. Data ranges from social networks and mobile devices to real-time sensors and purchase transactions, and the pace of data generation doubles every three years. Currently, salaries in Business Analytics range from $65,000 to $160,000.

Sample Job Titles

  • Risk Analyst
  • Credit Card Customer Behavior Analyst
  • Advanced Analytics Managing Consultant
  • Marketing / Campaign Management Strategy Consultant
  • Senior Data Modeler
  • Senior Managing Analytics Consultant
  • Strategy Managing Consultant
  • Healthcare Analyst
  • Technical Project Manager
  • Business Intelligence and Performance Management: Project Manager
  • Content Analytics Lead Consultant
  • Business Analytics and Optimization Consultant
  • Business Intelligence and Performance Management Consultant
  • Advanced Analytics and Optimization Consultant
  • Social Media Networks Analyst
  • Enterprise Content Management Consultant

Faculty Contact

Jennifer Shang
Professor of Business Administration
Area Director for Business Analytics and Operations
230 Mervis Hall
shang@katz.pitt.edu

 

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

It is incredible how quickly your network can expand and how many opportunities you are presented with through the Katz MBA Program. I had always heard that an MBA, for those who are all in, is life changing. After receiving my degree from Katz, I realize that is certainly the case.

Luiz Henrique Badalotti De Geroni

MBA '17

It’s more than just a career plan. It will help you evaluate what kind of professional you want to be, what kind of skills you want to develop. You are not just bringing home a certificate, but you are a better professional and a better person.

Sabine Rossi

MBA '19