MBA Program - Optional Certificates

Development & Environmental Planning

Health Care Management*
Hospitality Management*
International Management
Management Information Systems*
Security Studies*
Sport Management
Supply Chain Management*

*These certificate options are available online.
All other certificates are available only through campus-based classes.
Online students may take a campus-based class at any time if their geographic location permits them to attend.

Approximately 20% of the ECU MBA student population chooses to pursue an optional certificate to satisfy the elective requirements for their MBA program. These certificates are designed to provide a student insight into the issues of a specific industry.

Most certificates requires four or five classes from colleges or departments outside the College of Business. The Finance, MIS, and Supply Chain Management certificates are from within the College of Business. A certificate is awarded from the respective college or department in conjunction with the MBA degree and successful completion of the certificate is reflected on the student's transcript. Normally, certificate classes are taken in place of the three required breadth electives, effectively adding one or two additional classes to a student's curriculum.

These certificates are only available to ECU MBA students, students who are enrolled in another AACSB accredited institution, or students who have already received an MBA from an AACSB accredited institution.

The course rotations listed are not guaranteed and should be used only as a guide.

Current MBA students who wish to pursue an optional certificate must submit a request form to officially add the certificate to their student record. Note: If prompted for a username and password, please use your ECU email address and passphrase. When off-campus, you must enter 'INTRA/' in front of your username.

Development & Environmental Planning

This certificate is designed to give students insight into development and environmental planning issues at the city, state and federal levels.  In the planning profession, planners assist communities to formulate plans and policies to meet social, economic, environmental, and cultural needs in the face of societal forces.  They do so by identifying problems and opportunities, evaluating alternative solutions or plans, and communicating their findings in a way that allow citizens and public officials to make knowledgeable decisions about the future

Students take PLAN 6301 and 6305, and two from: PLAN 6000, 6009, 6010, 6015, 6019, 6020, and 6029

Department of Planning
(housed under Geography)
Dr. Jerry Weitz, Director
Urban & Regional Planning


The finance certificate will prepare students for management positions in the financial services industry and provide students with knowledge related to financial services management and administration.  Each course is designed to concentrate on specific financial management techniques that will prepare students for employment opportunities within the financial community as financial analysts, financial managers, real estate professionals, and banking professionals.  The certificate will also prepare students for professional designations such as Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

Gainful Employment Information

Students select four electives from FINA 6624, and choose three electives from FINA 6654, 6814, 6824, 6854, 6874, or 6876

Course Rotation:
Fall - FINA 6624, 6824 and 6876
Spring - FINA 6624, 6874 (typically Derivatives) and 6914 - 6914 will be F2F only
Summer I - FINA 6876
Summer II - FINA 6874 (typically Financial Markets & Inst)

Department of Finance
Dr. Scott Below, Chairperson
3412 Bate Building

Health Care Management

The health care industry is one of the most important growing industries in the U.S.  This certificate includes information on the financial, legal, and operational issues in health care and how these differ from the challenges of other industries.  Students are prepared for careers as managers in a variety of health care situations.  The knowledge gained from this certificate can be applied to hospitals, ambulatory care centers, long term care facilities, health research and clinical trials firms, home health care agencies, and health insurance companies.

Gainful Employment Information

Students take COHE 6000, 6600, 6610, and 6620.  COHE 6300 may be used as a substitute with prior permission.

Course Rotation
Fall: COHE 6000, 6610
Spring: COHE 6000, 6600, 6620
Summer I: COHE 6000, 6300

Department of Health Services and Information Management
Dr. Xiaoming Zeng, Chair
4340-D Health Sciences Building

Hospitality Management

Advanced degrees are increasingly expected for advancement to higher level management positions in the hospitality industry.  The MBA with hospitality management certificate will prepare students for a successful professional career through a well-rounded business education and specialized course work in food service, lodging, management, and conventions/special events.  Career opportunities are available in a wide range of operations, from small business to large corporations.  Positions include: hotel managers, restaurant or club managers, food and beverage managers, institutional sales personnel, and marketing directors.

Students are required to take HMGT 6310, 6400, 6410, and 6420.

Course Rotation:
Fall - HMGT 6400, 6410
Spring - HMGT 6310, 6420
Summer I - none
Summer II - none

Department of Hospitality Management
Dr. Robert O'Halloran, Chairperson
152 Rivers Building

International Management

This certificate is designed to give students insight into a career international management including information on effectively doing business in a global economy.  The courses provide students with global perspectives on the interrelations between economic, political, cultural and environmental systems in the world.  Students must complete the foreign language requirement for the Master of Arts in International Studies and have a minimum of one semester-long international field experience in the geographical area in which the selected foreign language is used (as approved by the Director of Graduate Programs)

Gainful Employment Information

Students take INTL 6005, 6105, 6500 and one from: FINA 6876, MGMT 6322, MKTG 6652, or MKTG 6992.

International Studies
Dr. Sylvie Debevec Henning, Director
116B Ragsdale

Management Information Systems

In today's technology driven environment, it is important that business professionals have a command of the technology drivers of business.  The focus of the certificate is on the strategic use of technology.  The certificate uniquely positions students for success because the degree is rooted in a strong business curriculum and is complimented by courses which focus on utilizing and creating information systems that provide value to the organization.  This program emphasizes strategic IT applications and the development of project management, teamwork, and communication skills.

Gainful Employment Information

Students are required to take MIS 6843, MIS 6863, MIS 6873, and MIS 6883.

Course Rotation
Fall: MIS 6863, MIS 6873
Spring: MIS 6843, MIS 6883
Summer I: none
Summer II: none

Department of Management Information Systems
Dr. Richard Hauser, Chairperson
3412 Bate Building


This certificate is designed to give students the insight needed to identify marketing opportunities, develop appropriate strategies, and put them into action. Emphasis is on how businesses make purchase decisions, the types of inter-firm relationships critical for success today, the roles that supply chain and value-added activities play in future profitability and marketing methods of demonstrating value-delivered to business customers. The certificate will provide students with the body of knowledge needed to excel in this environment.

Gainful Employment Information

Students choose four from MKTG 6652, 6742, 6752, 6762, 6772, 6792, 6842, and 6992.

Course Rotation:
Fall - MKTG 6742, 6752, 6762
Spring - MKTG 6772, 6792 - 6772 will be F2F only
Summer I - none
Summer II - MKTG 6842

Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management
Dr. Scott Dellana, Interim Chairperson
3412 Bate Building

Security Studies

The goal of the certificate program is to develop new thinking toward security within a changing environment.  Countering and responding to the new threats requires integration of traditional military strategies with criminal justice systems and investigation, intelligence gathering, policy development, emergency planning and response, and interagency cooperation at multiple levels of government and between governments.  This interdisciplinary certificate provides focus on National Security by examining emerging threats and coordinated responses between different agencies and levels of government.

Students are required to take both SECS 6000 & 6155 and choose three courses from CSCI 6100, EHST 6010, HIST 6260, ICTN 6823, INTL 6500, JUST 6502, PADM 6170, PADM 6220, PLAN 6015, POLS 6382, and POLS 6425.

Security Studies Program
Department of Political Science
Dr. Alethia H. Cook, Director
Brewster A-134

Sport Management

The world of sport management is an increasingly sophisticated marketplace, where a deep understanding of advanced methodologies is essential for success.  As the sport management and services industries continue to expand in size and complexity, there is a growing need to provide competent professionals trained in a specific body of knowledge.  The Graduate Certificate in Sport Management will provide students with the essentials needed to excel in this complex and competitive environment. 

Students take EXSS 6106 & 6132 and choose two courses from EXSS 6001, 6102, 6131, 6133, and RCLS 6005.

Course Rotation:
Fall - EXSS 6106, 6131, 6132
Spring - EXSS 6001, 6102, 6133
Summer I & II - No regular rotation, but classes are offered as resources allow.
RCLS 6005 is offered every third semester

Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Dr. Mark Moore, Assistant Professor
150 Minges Coliseum

Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management is the integration of key business processes from end-user through original suppliers that provides products, services, and information that add value for customers and stakeholders.  The area of Supply Chain Management has emerged as organizations recognize that strategic advantage and improved long-term performance results not only from the management of within-organization activities, but from the coordination and management of between-organization activities.

Students take OMGT 6743, 6753, and 6763 and one from OMGT 6333, 6383, 6493, and MKTG 6762.

Course Rotation:
Fall - MKTG 6762, OMGT 6333, 6493, 6743
Spring - OMGT 6333, 6383, 6753, 6763

Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management
Dr. Scott Dellana, Interim Chairperson
3412 Bate Building