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Graduate Certificate in Strategic Growth Curriculum

Enhance Your Fiscal Awareness & Business Insights

Build your financial acumen, strategic thinking, and professional effectiveness as you earn a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Growth from St. Thomas. Designed for busy professionals, you can take this part-time graduate certificate program in the evening after a day at the office.

Complete the 15-16.5 credit program at your own pace, taking one or more courses per term. Total credits vary based on the courses you chose to take.

Plan Out Your Program

Follow these sample plans to complete the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Growth in 1 or 2 years.

Semester I (4.5 credits)

Introduction to Growth Strategies

Corporate Finance

Semester II (4.5 - 6 credits)

Professional Effectiveness Course

Elective

Semester III (4.5 - 6 credits)

Accounting Course

Elective

Semester I (4.5 credits)

Introduction to Growth Strategies

Corporate Finance

Semester II (4.5 - 6 credits)

Professional Effectiveness Course

Elective

Semester III (4.5 - 6 credits)

Accounting Course

Elective

Semester I (1.5 credits)
Introduction to Growth Strategies
Semester II (3 credits)
Corporate Finance
Semester III (3 credits)
Elective
Semester IV (3 credits)

Accounting Course

Elective

Semester V (3 credits)
Professional Effectiveness Course
Semester I (1.5 credits)
Introduction to Growth Strategies
Semester II (3 credits)
Corporate Finance
Semester III (3 credits)
Elective
Semester IV (3 credits)

Accounting Course

Elective

Semester V (3 credits)
Professional Effectiveness Course

Curriculum

15 - 16.5 credits total

(MGMT 645) - 1.5 credits

Get an introduction to the concepts of corporate strategy, including the pitfalls and benefits that firms face in their quest to ethically grow. Study the issues and analytical arguments behind them, drawing on recent advances in corporate strategy, organizational economics and organizational behavior. Focus on the essential issues and problems of corporate strategy and business growth faced by managers. Investigate the reasons for or against firms expanding from several perspectives, paying attention to the link between expansion and value creation at the business-unit and corporate levels. Examine the various pathways that firms can grow and the rationale for selecting one mode of growth over another. Prerequisite: MGMT 625 or equivalent.

 


(FINC 701) - 3 credits

Get an introduction to the latest concepts in corporate finance and reinforce material learned in earlier financial management and accounting courses. Topics covered will include: financial analysis, cash flows, capital budgeting, forecasting, valuation, cost of capital, capital structure, risk management, EVA, leasing, and mergers and acquisitions. Prerequisites: OPMT 600, GBEC 600 or 625, ACCT 601, FINC 600 or equivalents.


Managerial Accounting 

(ACCT 625) – 1.5 credits

Get an introduction to managerial accounting concepts. Learn how financial data—including cost information—is used in planning, controlling and decision-making. Topics include, but are not limited to, cost classification, profit planning, cost allocation, activity-based costing, contribution margin analysis, cost-volume profit analysis, relevant decision-making analysis, and the ethical aspects of decision making. Prerequisite: ACCT 601 or equivalent.

Financial Statement Analysis 

(ACCT 705) – 3 credits

Develop your ability to interpret and understand financial statements of publicly held firms prepared according to generally accepted accounting principles. Learn how to analyze financial statements for professional or personal purposes by building upon your knowledge of their structure and content. Prerequisite: ACCT 601 or equivalent.


Managerial Accounting

(ACCT 625) – 1.5 credits

In this introduction to managerial accounting concepts, learn how financial data (including cost information) is used in planning, controlling and decision-making. Topics include, but are not limited to, cost classification, profit planning, cost allocation, activity-based costing, contribution margin analysis, cost-volume profit analysis, relevant decision-making analysis, and the ethical aspects of decision making. Prerequisite: ACCT 601 or equivalent.

Financial Statement Analysis

(ACCT 705) – 3 credits

Develop your ability to understand and interpret the financial statements and disclosures of firms prepared according to generally accepted accounting principles. Learn how to analyze financial statements and make financial statement adjustments. Get familiar with fundamental ratio analysis, forecasting, and valuation as well as the ethical aspects of accounting. Prerequisite: ACCT 601 or equivalent.

Collaborative Strategies

(MGMT 635) – 1.5 credits

Improve your ability to determine whether, when and how to execute collaborative strategies as part of your firm’s overall growth strategy. Learn how to consider a range of issues: When should an interaction be structured as a joint venture, a contractual alliance or simply as an arm’s-length contract? When should I collaborate with an external partner rather than doing the project entirely in-house? How can I best structure and manage this partnership? What can I do to prevent competition between partners? How do I evaluate whether a prospective partner is best for me? You will study the issues and analytical arguments behind these questions, drawing on recent advances in competitive strategy, organizational economics and organizational behavior. Although it incorporates various theoretical perspectives, the course is ultimately designed to focus on the essential issues and problems of collaborative strategy as experienced by managers. Prerequisite: MGMT 625 or equivalent, or MGMT 799 (can be concurrent enrollment).

Mergers and Acquisitions

(FINC 718) – 3 credits

This specialized graduate-level finance course in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) provides an introduction to the M&A environment. Explore methods including valuation techniques and modeling of cash flows, synergies and offer price. Learn how to analyze privately held companies and the financial implications of various deal structures and anti-takeover techniques. Study financing M&A transactions, including leveraged buyouts. Prerequisites: OPMT 600, GBEC 600 or 625, ACCT 601, FINC 600 or equivalents.

Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship

(ENTR 707) – 3 credits

Designed for entrepreneurs, managers and consultants interested in creating and reinforcing entrepreneurial responses within established organizations, this course examines how managers affect the nature and rate of innovation through organizational culture, structure, communication, rewards and control systems. Emphasis is placed on how individuals initiate, launch and manage ventures within organizational settings. Prerequisite: None.

International Marketing

(MKTG 790) – 3 credits

Explore, study and research the important issues, theories and practices in international marketing. The topics of this course include: the international marketing environment, scope, theory, ethics, marketing mix and strategies, as well as international trade and investment. Prerequisite: MKTG 600 or MKTG 625 or equivalent.

Risk Management

(MGMT 751) – 3 credits

The recent economic crisis, along with a range of other looming challenges (climate change, unrest in the Middle East, health and food security concerns, demographic changes and social mobility), have presented global organizations with a daunting array of risks. Broadly, this situation presents organizations with the challenge of developing more comprehensive approaches to the management of risk. In this course, you will learn how to: 1. Engage boards and executive management to get risk management onto their agendas. 2. Translate risk policy into risk management systems and structures. 3. Knit together the existing technical specialist infrastructure. 4. Develop sufficient risk management competence among the entire organization. 5. Communicate relevant risk information to external stakeholders. Prerequisite: None.

*Current Flex MBA students should note course prerequisite(s); prerequisite(s) are waived for those already holding an MBA degree. Contact program advisor for more information.


Negotiation Skills

(MGMT 808) – 3 credits

Explore the major concepts of negotiation inherent in any business or personal situation. Focus on interpersonal and inter-group conflict and its resolution. Through the analysis of bargaining and conflict situations, learn your own individual "negotiating styles." Some of the major elements of the course include distributive (win-lose) negotiations, integrative (win-win) negotiations, the use of power in negotiations and negotiation ethics. Extensive study of negotiation cases will help you improve your negotiation skills through "hands on" scenarios. Beginning with relatively simple one-on-one negotiations, the course will progress to complex, multi-party negotiations where class members will assume different roles. Prerequisite: None.

Effective Team Management

(MGMT 607) – 3 credits

Businesses increasingly use teams to get work done at all levels of the organization, but often teams are not managed effectively. This course examines when teams are the right choice (and when they are not), how to be an effective team member and leader, and how to diagnose and solve common team problems. You will also examine how teams operate under special circumstances, e.g., cross-functional, temporary, global, and distributed (or virtual). Prerequisite: None.

Managerial Writing and Presentations

(BCOM 536) – 3 credits

Prepare to communicate competently in both a graduate business program and a leadership role in the workplace. You will learn and practice communication skills for the full range of workplace contexts: formal to informal; short form and long; crafting, delivering and responding to messages; and creating single message opportunities versus communicating with multiple audiences using spoken, written, visual, person-to-person, electronic and virtual methods. You will explore the importance of purpose and being purposeful, identity and role management, and the spectrum of single, primary audiences to multiple, tertiary ones. Prerequisite: None.

Storytelling: Influencing Organizational Decisions

(MGMT 708) – 3 credits

Refine your storytelling capabilities and study the principles that effectively link storytelling to influencing business outcomes. Explore the meaning of information and its effect on organizational strategy and culture. Learn how to build a structured thinking process or informational dashboard to tell a compelling story. Gain skills in confidently understanding and using information to influence outcomes. Prerequisite: None.


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