Graduate Certificate Programs Offer Specialized Training

Our Graduate certificate program offers additional training in specialized study for students in a master’s program or already holding a master’s degree, which can be in areas of study outside of business. Certificate program is carefully devised to provide crucial skills.

We offer a graduate certificate program in:

Applying for a Certificate

To apply to the Global Innovation and Technology Management Certificate, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree and be in a graduate, degree-granting program or already hold a master’s degree. Applicants to the Business Dual Enrollment Certificate who hold only a bachelor’s degree may submit the application. However, they will need to complete the MBA or some other master’s degree in order to teach dual enrollment classes in high schools in the state of Ohio.

Applicants to each certificate will need to submit a transcript, two letters of reference and a statement of purpose or resume.

Apply through the graduate school application process and specify on the form that the application is for a certificate program. You will need to complete a new application for any additional program you want to enter.

Certificate Completion

When a student completes the requirements for a certificate, the certificate will be awarded. Students must submit an application for the certificate to be issued using My Akron.

Students who are admitted to a certificate program who are already admitted to an MBA or MSM program must take 9 additional credits not used for the MBA or MSM degree program requirements. However, students who complete a certificate prior to starting an MBA or MSM degree may transfer all credits into the Masters.

Please note: The graduate certificate program requires specific courses, none of which can be waived. Students enrolled in certificate programs are ineligible for financial aid or Graduate Assistantship awards.


International Students may enroll in certificate programs only if they also are admitted to a degree-granting program. International students who want to participate in graduate certificates must apply for the certificate programs soon after completing Gateway or foundation courses in their degree-granting programs.

Both the certificate and degree must be completed at the same time. Certificate programs are not recognized by INS/ICE as acceptable programs for admission and must be completed concurrently with a degree program. They cannot be added to extend stays in the US.

Any Fulbright, USAID, LASPAU, Saudi scholarship student or other student with outside funding interested in a certificate program, in addition to an MBA or MSM degree, must complete all foundation level courses before applying for the certificate and also must have a letter from the sponsoring agency or employer approving the addition of the certificate program.