Graduate Certificate & Diploma Programs

Graduate Certificates

The Administrative Sciences department offers graduate certificates in the following areas:

  • Applied Business Analytics
  • Electronic Commerce, Systems & Technology
  • Financial Markets & Institutions
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • International Business Management
  • International Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Risk Management & Organizational Continuity (online only)
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainable Economic Development via Tourism (on campus only)

Admissions and Prerequisites

Prior to starting a certificate program, students are required to submit a graduate application and an official transcript conferring a bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited institution. Students must be admitted into a certificate program prior to taking courses, in order for those courses to be credited toward the certificate.

For questions regarding the process of application to Administrative Sciences graduate programs, please contact the Department of Administrative Sciences at 617-353-3016 or adminsc@bu.edu, or visit the MET Admissions page.

Students must complete the prerequisite requirement of MET AD 510 Mathematics for Management, or pass a waiver exam. Online students must complete ALEKS (an online math tutorial).

A 3.0 GPA is required for a certificate to be awarded, and no course with a grade below B– may be credited toward the certificate. Individuals considering using certificate courses toward the Master of Science in Administrative Studies or a specific Master of Science in Management must:

  • Apply to the MSAS program prior to completing two courses;
  • Recognize that grades earned in certificate courses will not be used in the admission decision process;
  • Complete the additional prerequisite courses for the selected concentration;
  • Meet the department’s academic admission requirements.

Prerequisites

Applicants to the graduate certificate program are required to have a bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited institution. As a prerequisite to the course MET AD 571 Business Analytics Foundations, students are required to complete MET AD 100 Pre-Analytics Laboratory (online) or possess equivalent knowledge. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

Required Curriculum (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 571 Business Analytics Foundations
  • MET AD 616 Enterprise Risk Analytics
  • MET AD 654 Marketing Analytics
  • MET AD 688 Web Analytics for Business


Required Curriculum (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 648 Ecommerce
  • MET AD 737 Innovative Marketing Techniques

Plus two electives selected from the MSAS degree concentration in Electronic Commerce, Systems & Technology, with advisor’s approval.


Required Curriculum (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 630 Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • MET AD 731 Corporate Finance

Plus two electives selected from the MSAS degree concentration in Financial Economics, with advisor’s approval.


Required Curriculum (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 737 Innovative Marketing Techniques
  • MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services

Plus two electives selected from Administrative Sciences courses with advisor’s approval.


Required Curriculum (four courses/16 credits)

Choose two courses from the following:

  • MET AD 632 Financial Concepts
  • MET AD 642 Project Management
  • MET AD 648 Ecommerce
  • MET AD 655 International Business, Economics, and Cultures
  • MET AD 741 The Innovative Process: Developing New Products and Services

Plus two electives selected from Administrative Sciences courses with advisor’s approval.


Required Curriculum (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 648 Ecommerce
  • MET AD 737 Innovative Marketing Techniques

Plus two electives selected from Administrative Sciences courses with advisor’s approval.


Required Curriculum (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 642 Project Management
  • MET AD 643 Project Communications Management

Plus two courses from the following:

  • AD 644 Project Risk & Cost
  • AD 646 Program Management
  • AD 647 Project Governance
  • AD 649 Agile Project Management
  • Any approved IT PM course from the Computer Science Department


Required Curriculum (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 610 Enterprise Risk Management
  • MET AD 612 COO—Public Emergency Management
  • MET AD 613 Enterprise Risk Planning and Compliance
  • MET AD 614 Disaster Management


Required Curriculum (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 605 Operations Management: Business Process Fundamentals
  • MET AD 680 Global Supply Chains
  • MET AD 690 Strategic Logistics Management
  • MET AD 760 International Trade and Logistics


Required Curriculum (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AD 600 Economic Development and Tourism Management
  • MET AD 603 Evaluating and Developing Markets for Cultural Tourism

Plus two electives selected from the MSAS degree concentration in Economic Development & Tourism Management.

Graduate Diplomas

The Administrative Sciences department also offers the following graduate diploma programs:

  • Banking & Financial Services
  • International Marketing

Admissions and Prerequisites

Prior to starting a diploma program, students are required to submit a graduate diploma application and an official transcript conferring a bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited institution. Students must be admitted into a diploma program prior to taking courses, in order for those courses to be credited toward the diploma.

Students must complete the prerequisite requirement of MET AD 510 Mathematics for Management, or pass a waiver exam. Online students must complete ALEKS (an online math tutorial).

A 3.0 GPA is required for diploma award, and no course with a grade below B- may be credited toward the diploma. Individuals considering using diploma courses toward the Master of Science in Administrative Studies or a specific online Master of Science in management must meet the department academic admission requirements.

The Graduate Diploma in Banking & Financial Services is structured to cultivate future success in students who want to join the fast-paced, ever-changing financial industry. With five highly focused courses, the diploma provides students with a strong foundation in finance, specializing in global markets, corporate finance, and the financial services industry.

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Banking & Financial Services will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of financial concepts that include, but are not limited to: time value of money, discounted cash flows, internal rate of return (IRR), valuation of projects though net present value (NPV) calculations, discounted and non-discounted payback, and financial statement analysis.
  • An understanding of the capital markets and how firms use these domestic and international markets to raise capital; further understanding of the relationship between corporations and central banks and the general economics that impact decision-making.
  • An understanding of portfolio management, asset allocations, risk management, credit risk, and optimal portfolio construction and calculation.

Individuals considering using diploma courses toward the Master of Science in Administrative Studies (MSAS) degree or a specific online Master of Science in management must:

  •  Apply to the MSAS program prior to completing two courses
  •  Recognize that grades earned in diploma courses will not be used in the admission decision process
  •  Complete the additional prerequisite courses for the selected concentration
  •  Meet the department’s academic admission requirements

Prerequisites

Prior to starting a diploma program, students are required to submit a graduate diploma application and an official transcript conferring a bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited institution.

Students must complete the prerequisite requirement of MET AD 510 Mathematics for Management, or pass a waiver exam. Online students must complete ALEKS (an online math tutorial).

A 3.0 GPA is required for diploma award, and no course with a grade below B- may be credited toward the diploma.

Courses

(Five courses/20 credits)

  • MET AD 630 Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • MET AD 712 Financial Markets and Institutions
  • MET AD 731 Corporate Finance

Plus two electives selected from the MS in Administrative Studies concentration in Financial Economics, with advisor’s approval.

The Graduate Diploma in International Marketing is a focused program that offers the student a strong foundation in the latest innovative marketing techniques. You’ll discover the power of social media and learn essential Internet-based marketing skills necessary for today’s highly competitive international market, such as web design, SEO, and SEM. With the program’s solid international foundation, students can enroll in online and blended classes with our foreign partners in Europe and Latin America, as well as attend courses on campus. Our students engage with other students from around the world while learning about marketing in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia—in a highly sophisticated web environment.

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in International Marketing will be able to demonstrate:

  • Specific marketing skills building on the basics to include web design, search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), email marketing, and pay-per-click (PPC). Students will have also mastered related marketing concepts, including social media marketing.
  • The skills necessary to design and optimize websites, and engage in a broad range of innovative marketing techniques.
  • A knowledge-base and expertise of international marketing and management that enables them to successfully compete in the global economy.

Individuals considering using diploma courses toward the Master of Science in Administrative Studies (MSAS) degree or a specific online Master of Science in management must:

  • Apply to the MSAS program prior to completing two courses
  • Recognize that grades earned in diploma courses will not be used in the admission decision process
  • Complete the additional prerequisite courses for the selected concentration
  • Meet the department’s academic admission requirements

Prerequisites

Prior to starting a diploma program, students are required to submit a graduate diploma application and an official transcript conferring a bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited institution.

Students must complete the prerequisite requirement of MET AD 510 Mathematics for Management, or pass a waiver exam. Online students must complete ALEKS (an online math tutorial).

A 3.0 GPA is required for diploma award, and no course with a grade below B- may be credited toward the diploma.

Courses

(Five courses/20 credits)

  • MET AD 648 Ecommerce
  • MET AD 737 Innovative Marketing Techniques
  • MET AD 856 Market and Economic Research and Analysis

Plus two electives selected from Administrative Sciences courses with advisor’s approval.