This 12 credit (4 courses) certificate program in Business Leadership provides core skills needed at every
level of an organization, whether it it’s helping large organizations stay ahead, driving failing businesses
to get back on track or leading your own business. The most successful business leaders know how to
inspire teams and generate results. They know how to lead effectively and ethically. Classes within this
graduate Business Leadership certificate program are specially designed to deliver critical skills and to
teach how to build and motivate teams in a collaborative environment.
Take 4 courses as a standalone credential or apply all the courses toward the Master of Science in Business Leadership degree. Students choose 4 out of 6 classes to focus their studies on their job and/or interests.
Graduate Advanced Certificates:
are in great demand by employers because they offer focused knowledge in a given business discipline.
are geared for different levels of employees; those looking to deepen their knowledge in a specific subject area, those seeking to gain a new area of expertise and credential, or for those needing to update their skills.
provide learning opportunities for those who already have a master’s degree or for those students looking to try a few classes before committing to an entire degree.
For more information on the Master of Science in Business Leadership see the program page.
Students Select any Four Business Leadership Courses below for a Total of 12 Credits · Transitioning from Manager to Leader (MSBL 5100) · Leading Effectively and Ethically (MGPS 5050) · Leveraging Information Technology for a Competitive Advantage (MSBL 5602) · Generating Growth and Innovation (MGPS 5070) · Business Strategy (MGPS 5000) · One Course from any MSB Graduate Program
MSBL 5100: Transitioning from Manager to Leader (3 cr.) In today’s corporate setting professionals aspiring to advance to senior levels must be able to lead. It is true that someone can be a leader without being a manager, and someone can manage without leading – many managers do not even manage people! However, it has become apparent there are clearly definitive traits, qualities, and characteristics that distinguish the two roles and there is also commonality between them. Those differences and similarities have been the subject of an ongoing great debate throughout the last quarter of a century. It is widely held that leaders influence commitment, whereas managers merely carry out position responsibilities and exercise authority but there are others who believe that there is no reason to separate the functions. Through a combination of classic and contemporary readings, formal and informal case studies, and exposure to unfamiliar scenarios and challenging real-life situations, this course compares and contrasts leading with managing and examines the theories, tools, and practices that drive managers of processes and functions to evolve into leaders who build enduring value for their organizations. Upon successful completion of the course students are expected to have; learned how leadership has changed over the years and that leadership is the process of influencing others to understand and agree on what needs to be done and how to do it; an sensitivity to the effect of pro-social power motivation; developed a thorough understanding of the various different theories and approaches to leadership; a realization that leaders aren’t born, they are made; gained an appreciation of the role of the modern day leader who facilitates individual and collective efforts so they can all accomplish shared objectives as they move toward a common enterprise.
MGPS 5050: Leading Effectively and Ethically (3 cr.) This course is designed for students to understand and apply key theories and best practices in leadership. Students will gain familiarity with important leadership concepts and hear, first-hand, the lessons-learned from leaders in business, government, military, and non-profit organizations. This is a highly interactive course that will engage students in identifying and applying what they’ve learned towards leading teams/organizations through challenging business scenarios. Topics include leadership concepts such as: situational leadership, transformational leadership, “Level 5” leadership/emotional intelligence, and “neuroleadership”, cross-cultural models and theories, leadership competencies and assessment tools, actions and behaviors that model best practices in ethical leadership, and leadership development approaches. Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to integrate their understanding of leadership fundamentals in their own development as leaders as well as in the development of others through leadership development programs, mentoring, and coaching.
MSBL 5602: Leveraging Information Technology for a Competitive Advantage (3 cr.) The role of Information Technology (IT) is shifting from a technical, specialist function to a vital one that shapes and supports every facet of business operations. IT began its roots as a back-office support function to Accounting/Finance, but has long evolved into a strategic resource coordinated to support business strategies while shaping future options and directions. Successful companies differentiate themselves by their ability to position the power of technology to design ways to outperform their competitors. Successful business managers recognize IT as a strategic resource and have the primary responsibility for specifying IT roles as part of the overall business capabilities. This course is designed for business professional that will encounter and have to rely on information systems to accomplish their business goals. The course will consist of a combination of lectures; group discussions; student presentations, online quizzes, discussion board entries and written assignments. Upon successful completion, the students will be able to: explain the meaning of terms used to describe common techniques and concepts in business information systems; describe the ways in which computers are and will be used in business and management; identify and suggest appropriate responses to managerial and organizational issues stemming from development, implementation, and use of computer-based information systems; recognize the reality of implementing international information systems; understand the major social and ethical issues involved in the development and use of information technology; and be better positioned to work with IT resources to help drive business value through technology innovation.
MGPS 5070: Generating Growth and Innovation (3 cr.) Nothing is more central to a business than the products and/or services it sells. And, for the majority of businesses, whether small entrepreneurial firms or large established companies, this mandates growth and innovation. The business leader must now be an innovator, ever more important given the rapid evolution in products and business models. Yet, the strategies and processes used to determine which products to make, how to make them or where to get them, and how to bring them to market are not well understood by many firms. The result is that promising new products and ideas are discarded, marginal products are developed and many products fail in the marketplace. The core objective of this course is to help students understand the role (and challenges) of innovation strategy in a company’s growth, best practices for leveraging innovation, and the capabilities required to drive accelerated growth. The course provides frameworks and methods for generating growth and innovation through organic growth options, new products and services and alternative partnerships such as mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures. It examines ideation, the end-to-end innovation process, innovation portfolio decision-making and governance, and key organizational enablers of innovation sustainability. At the conclusion of this course, students will possess the insights and skills around the development, launch and management of innovative growth options. They will appreciate the risks and rewards of bringing innovation to the market, hold an understanding of consumer psychology and its impact on adoption of innovation, and will have learned the marketing strategies necessary to develop, introduce and manage new products, services and partnerships.
MGPS 5000: Business Strategy (3 cr.) Strategy is the heart and soul of any business. The essence of business strategy is to understand your organization’s uniqueness and order-winning criteria. This course will focus on how classic strategy paradigms such as differentiation; brand creation; core competency expertise; speed to market; value migration and leadership in the areas of cost reduction, technology and innovation are linked to a sustained competitive advantage. In addition, the course will examine how changes in the competitive landscape such as globalization, the rapid diffusion of technology, excess capacity, shifting marketplace demographics, increasing cost transparencies, the erosion of pricing power and the commoditization and unbundling of products/services; are creating both problems and unique opportunities. This course seeks to integrate and synergize all the disciplines required for effective business management. Emphasis will be placed on the ethical dilemmas that confront managers due to advances in technology, greater access to information, and more collaborative ventures that break down traditional proprietary boundaries. Given the recent wave of ethical lapses in business, students will be sensitized to the ethical considerations in any given decision-making scenario. Utilizing lectures, assigned readings, small group projects, case studies and a business simulation, the students will become proficient at business strategy analysis, creation and implementation within an ethical framework. A final class project will involve the creation of an Individualized Business Strategy Analysis and Action Plan, which applies the techniques learned during the course to any business selected by the student. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be expected to understand classic and innovative strategy paradigms and how to formulate and implement them under ethical guidelines. Students should also gain knowledge of competitive landscapes and the critical alignment between business strategy and the success of the organization.
One Course from any MSB Graduate Program (Uses existing courses) (3 cr.) Upon advisement, students select one additional course from any of the School of Business graduate programs that is consistent with their professional goal.
How to Apply to School of Business programs
Starting terms: Graduate Program Modules and Advanced Certificates: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter
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Graduate International students please see this additional information. (Advanced certificates are not eligible for international admissions).
1. On-Line Application: The School of Business on-line application can be found at the following link: APPLY NOW
2. Personal Essay: In a candid personal essay of 500-750 words, explain: How and why did you decide to pursue this program Why the selected academic program is good match for your future goals What you as a candidate can bring to our classroom What special skills, leadership abilities, volunteer or other life experience make you a good overall fit for the selected program?
3. Resume: Submit a current resume indicating educational and business experience.
4. Transcripts: Graduate Domestic (All Master of Science and Advanced Certificates) An earned undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0* is required. Please send official transcripts from every school attended to date sent directly to the School of Business Admissions Office. Student copies are not acceptable. MSB will consider a slightly lower GPA with significant workplace history.
5. Recommendations: Two letters of recommendations, either academic or professional, from a reference writer who can speak to the candidate’s intellectual capability and ability to handle the rigors of the applicant’s program. Letters can be uploaded via the on-line application. References writers may provide their own letter or you may forward our standard Professional Letter of Recommendation form available on our website if you prefer.
6. Application Fee: Fee waivers are available for attending Open Houses. Please check the website for our next available dates and to RSVP. Please note that paying the application fee must be the last step you complete prior to submitting your application. Visit the Paypal page and click return to MVille Application page to complete the submission. Graduate and Advanced Certificate: $75
7. Health Records: Due at the time of enrollment, Adult students please submit the Health Form with proof of immunization against measles and rubella, in compliance with New York State regulations. This requirement applies to only students born on or after Jan. 1, 1957
8. International Applicants: International students are eligible for Master of Science degrees only because of program and visa requirements. For admissions, if your undergraduate education was conducted at a non-US institution, we will require transcript credentials from either (WES) World of Education Services Inc. (www.WES.org) or a member of (NACES) National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. (www.naces.org/members.html). Please review this list carefully as we cannot accept credentials from organizations not on this list. If your undergraduate education was not conducted in English, we will require a test of English language skills through any of the following sources: TOEFL, IELTS, ITEP. Please note that our minimum IBT TOEFL is 85, IELTS is 7 and ITEP is B2.
9. Optional: GRE, GMAT for graduation applications and SAT & ACT test scores for undergraduate applications are optional and not a required component to determine an admissions decision, however if you wish to submit any testing scores, we are happy to consider them as part of your overall application if you feel it will strengthen your application.
Submit all materials to: Manhattanville School of Business Office of Admissions 2900 Purchase Street -- Reid G5 Purchase, NY 10577
For any questions on the application or submission materials please contact Monika Pottgen, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admissions at (914) 323-5150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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