Schools with Strategic Planning Programs: How to Choose

Individuals interested in strategic planning learn to assess and evaluate business competition, profitable opportunities, weaknesses within a company and ways to save money. Training in strategic planning generally is available through certificate programs or as a concentration for students enrolled in Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs.

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Students interested in a career in strategic planning can find programs at 4-year colleges and universities.

Schools with Strategic Planning Programs

Below are a few of the schools that offer certificates and degrees in strategic planning or business administration. The table also lists the programs the schools offer, location and average tuition.

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 4-year, Public Master's $10,610 (in-state); $22,580 (out-of-state)
Manhattan College Riverdale, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $38,580 (undergraduate); $17,010 (graduate)
Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's $42,795 (undergraduate); $17,471 (graduate)
New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's $33,480 (undergraduate); $20,790 (graduate)
Notre Dame College Cleveland, OH 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $27,520
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $8,855 (in-state, undergraduate), $10,870 (in-state, graduate)
Cedar Crest College Allentown, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's $13,550
Community College of Aurora Aurora, CO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,538 (in-state); $13,256 (out-of-state)
Columbus State University Columbus, GA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $6,011 (in-state, undergraduate); $5,364 (in-state, graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when selecting a strategic planning program:

  • In some cases, credits earned in a certificate program can transfer directly to a master's program, but this type of certificate program usually requires a bachelor's degree for admission.
  • Strategic planning concentration options within MBA programs may be available or as general programs offering a broader variety of courses in areas like finance, accounting and management.
  • Scheduling flexibility also may be important to employed students or those with family obligations; these students might consider programs that offer part-time, evening or weekend course options.
  • Students should be aware that the cost of certificate programs, even ones that offer similar curricula, can vary by thousands of dollars.

Certificate in Strategic Planning

Certificate programs in strategic planning can prepare students to work in multiple areas of the business world, including management, marketing, finance or human resources. Certificate programs usually can be completed in 2-3 semesters, but students interested in part-time scheduling might be permitted to take several years to finish.

MBA with a Concentration in Strategic Planning

Concentrations in strategic management are offered through MBA programs across the U.S. Applicants to MBA programs typically need an undergraduate degree and, if that degree isn't in business or a related field, they might have to complete extra graduate-level coursework prior to beginning their MBA studies.

Many business schools at colleges and universities offer training in strategic planning. While other levels of education may be offered the most common awards include certificates and MBAs.

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