New York University

School of Professional Studies

Graduate Certificate in Core Business Competencies


70 Washington Square South

New York City, NY 10012

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Core Business Competencies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Graduate Certificate in Core Business Competencies offers an accelerated path for acquiring a valuable academic credential that will enhance your qualifications and will prepare you for professional advancement. Available on-site, online, or through a combination of both options, the 18-credit curriculum can be completed in as little as two semesters and provides the broad-based, interdisciplinary knowledge and skill sets essential for success in higher level executive roles within U.S.-based companies and organizations as well as international firms.

The five core courses that focus on business strategy and ethics; finance; human resource management; information technology; and marketing, represent the core competencies in which every businessperson must be proficient, to succeed in today's highly competitive global business environment.

The program is ideally suited for individuals who seek to upgrade and/or to update their general business knowledge and skills, and to earn a graduate-level credential. Rigorous course curriculum is taught by faculty members who are leaders in their fields and who are exceptional educators. Their real-world experience and their invaluable business connections add a unique dimension to the teaching and learning environment.

An important feature of the certificate is the required three-credit elective, which provides the opportunity for individuals to customize their course of study to satisfy their own professional goals and objectives. In consultation with an academic advisor, students select this elective from any of the 15 graduate program areas offered through NYU-SCPS so as to place the acquired core business competencies within an industry-specific context. This aspect of the curriculum makes the certificate immediately relevant to an individual's current career path, or it can provide the foundation for career change.

The program can be completed fully online, or in a traditional classroom setting, or by blending a combination of the two formats. Those who complete the Graduate Certificate in Core Business Competencies with a B average or higher may then choose to apply to one of the NYU-SCPS master's degrees programs. Upon acceptance into a program, and subject to departmental approval, all courses successfully completed in the graduate certificate can be applied to the M.S. in Management and Systems or the M.S. in Human Resource Management and Development. Credits earned may also satisfy course requirements for one of the other master's degree programs offered through NYU-SCPS.


New York University is a member of the Association of American Universities and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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