Post-MBA certificate programs are designed for professionals who already have a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and have previous work experience in their field. Such programs are often geared toward professionals who work in management or executive-level positions or for professionals seeking career advancement opportunities. Courses may focus on pharmaceuticals, international business, accounting, real estate, supply chain management, information technology, marketing, or finance.
Fully online programs are available, though rare. Most post-MBA certificate programs are offered on campus or in a hybrid format that combines on-campus and online learning. Students can usually complete the 5-6 required courses in 1-2 years. Some schools allow credits earned in the certificate program to fulfill prerequisites for an additional master's degree program. Prior to enrollment in an online program, students may need to ensure that their computers are equipped with specialized software.
Post-MBA Certificate Options
Students seeking online post-MBA certificates may find their options limited as far as fully online programs; however, there are a few that exist with a pharmaceutical concentration. Students who do enroll in an online or hybrid program often have flexibility in planning their curriculum. They'll typically access their lecture notes electronically and exchange assignments through email or an online course management interface such as Blackboard. Student computer operating systems and browsers must be compatible with the online course management system used by the school. Some programs require specialized software applications to fully participate in online learning activities.
Common Course Topics
Coursework varies depending on the program's overall focus. Popular areas of study include pharmaceuticals, international business, accounting, real estate, supply chain management and information technology. Some programs offer a further focus such as marketing or finance. Common coursework includes:
- Marketing Trends
- Small Business Finance
- Global Corporate Strategies
- Business Ethics
- Interactive Marketing
After finishing an MBA, students may pursue a certificate in order to enhance their professional skills or start working toward an additional master's degree. While some programs require on-campus studies, there are still educational opportunities for students who require the flexibility of fully online programs.