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Darla Moore School of Business

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Certificates and Concentrations

The Moore School offers many ways for undergraduate and graduate students to customize their degrees.

Business Analytics Undergraduate Concentration

Today and into the future, business success demands constant innovation and creativity, coupled with a high-level understanding of business analytics. Moore School students are immersed in high-level analytics in every business discipline throughout their college career.

A recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute found that U.S. businesses looking to capitalize on the massive volumes of data available today face a shortage of 1.5 million managers who are well-trained in data analytics. Conversations with industry leaders confirm that there is an enormous need, not simply for analytics experts, but for individuals that combine solid business skills with an understanding of cutting edge analytical techniques. 

Business Analytics Concentration Course Requirements

The concentration requires four courses (12 hours of coursework).

*Note that the concentration requirements are different for the accounting major.

MGSC 394: Data Analytics for Business

This course helps develop two sets of skills in students. First, effectively using standard business software tools that are used in data analysis. Secondly, using multiple analytics software tools to gain insights to guide decision-making.

*Additional required courses for the accounting major:

ACCT 404: Accounting Information Systems I
ECON 436: Introductory Econometrics

Choose three courses from the following, each of which has significant analytics applied in the area of study:

  • ACCT 404: Accounting Information Systems I
  • ECON 436: Introductory Econometrics
  • FINA 444: Corporate Risk Management
  • FINA 469: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • FINA 472: Student-Managed Investments
  • MGMT 425: HR Analytics
  • MGSC 390: Business Information Systems
  • MGSC 486: Service Operations Management
  • MKTG 352: Principles of Marketing Research
  • MKTG 447: Pricing Strategy and Analytics

*Accounting majors MUST choose FINA 469 and FINA 472 as two of their three electives.


Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate students can enhance their degree program with graduate certificates that align with their interests and career goals. Graduate certificates are noted in the graduate’s transcript, and graduates received a separate diploma awarding a “Post-Bachelor Certificate” in the specific area of knowledge.

Business Analytics

The Business Analytics Graduate Certificate is a STEM-designated program that was designed based on extensive benchmarking across academia and industry. The program trains students to be the data-savvy managers that today’s marketplace demands.

Despite staggering increases in the ability to capture and store data, the majority of business decisions continue to be made in the same ad hoc fashion as they were before the information age. One of the reasons we do not see more data-driven decision-making is that companies have an abundance of data but lack the ability to turn that data into useful knowledge. To accomplish this, firms need managers and leaders who combine solid business and communication skills with an analytics skillset.

As a STEM-designated program, the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate teaches students how to apply science, technology, engineering or math skills to business applications. Since the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate is STEM-designated, international students who are pursuing the certificate in the United States on an F-1 Visa are eligible to extend their Optional Practical Training (OPT) by 24 months. Learn more about international student services and requirements.

All candidates pursuing this certificate are required to complete four courses (12 credit hours) beyond the typical core course work, with a GPA of 3.0 or better across the four courses. Specific course requirements for the certificate vary depending on the program of enrollment and are as shown below.

MBA PROGRAMS
(includes One-Year MBA, International MBA and Professional MBA)

To obtain the certificate, students in the MBA programs must take ALL of the following three courses:

  • MGSC 790: Data Resource Management
  • MGSC 777: Advanced Quantitative Methods in Business
  • MKTG 708: Customer Relationship Management and Data Mining
    OR  MKTG 712: Marketing Analytics

In addition, students must choose ONE of the following courses: 

  • ACCT 737: Accounting Information Systems from a Strategic Perspective
  • CSCE 587: Big Data Analytics
  • ECON 736: Applied Econometrics
  • FINA 772: Student Managed Investments
  • IBUS 739: Design Thinking for Global Business
  • IBUS 740:  Data Analytics for International Business
  • MGMT 737:  Experiential HR Applied Project
  • MGSC 778: Revenue Management
  • MGSC 796: Information Systems
  • MKTG 715: Pricing Strategy and Analysis
  • MKTG 717: Fundamentals of Marketing Analytics

SPECIALTY MASTER'S PROGRAMS
(includes Master of Accountancy, Master of Arts in Economics, Master of Human Resources and Master of International Business)

To obtain the certificate, students in the specialty master’s programs must take ALL of the following two courses:

  • MGSC 777: Advanced Quantitative Methods in Business
  • MGSC 790: Data Resource Management

In addition, students must choose TWO of the following courses: 

  • ACCT 737: Accounting Information Systems from a Strategic Perspective
  • CSCE 587: Big Data Analytics
  • ECON 736: Applied Econometrics
  • FINA 772: Student Managed Investments
  • IBUS 739: Design Thinking for Global Business
  • IBUS 740:  Data Analytics for International Business
  • MGMT 737:  Experiential HR Applied Project
  • MGSC 778: Revenue Management
  • MGSC 796: Information Systems
  • MKTG 708: Customer Relationship Management and Data Mining
  • MKTG 712: Marketing Analytics
  • MKTG 715: Pricing Strategy and Analysis
  • MKTG 717: Fundamentals of Marketing Analytics

Note: Curriculum listed above is current as of Dec. 2019.

Enterprise Resource Management

Along with the general trend in business toward massive automation, large scale enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems have become the backbone of today’s information systems. These systems integrate information from all areas of an organization (i.e., marketing, operations, HR and sales) as well as up and down the supply chain.

Increasingly, business managers must demonstrate proficiency in their understanding of ERP systems and be able to design, employ and use these systems effectively as a requirement to a successful career.

The Enterprise Resource Planning Graduate Certificate is designed to provide students with the ability to demonstrate an overall understanding and working knowledge of the function, design, control and use of ERP systems. It is based on the premise that students should understand at a conceptual level both their own technology as well as the technology of the entities with which they interact. In addition to understanding ERP systems, this certificate also focuses on understanding how, administratively and operationally, each area of the organization interacts, leverages and affects the others to create a desired outcome across the organization.

The curriculum provides students with sufficient conceptual understanding and applied skills to be able to navigate the complexities of transaction processing and data queries inherent in modern ERP systems. Emphasis is given to the predominant ERP system within large organizations, known is SAP, culminating in SAP TERP 10 instruction and the TERP 10 examination. Candidates pursuing this graduate certificate are required to complete three courses (nine credit hours) beyond core coursework — two of them required and one that may be chosen from a list of provided electives. 

Required Courses

  • ACCT 737*:  Accounting Information Systems from a Strategic Perspective
  • ACCT 739*:  Enterprise Resource Planning

Additional Courses (one required)

  • ACCT 702:  Application of Advanced Databases to Accounting and Business
  • MGSC 891:  Data Resource Management

*Required course for Business Analytics functional specialization.

Global Strategy

The Global Strategy Certificate Program is a unique educational opportunity for International MBA, Master of International Business, MBA and Professional MBA students interested in global management careers with business, financial or non-profit organizations. It provides specialized content knowledge in global strategy and related areas and facilitates further development of essential skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and contextual intelligence.

Specifically, participants will learn how to utilize global opportunities for growth, assess risks and benefits of different investment and locational choices and effectively manage their activities across borders. They will develop valuable insights and practical skills for assessing and understanding the economic, institutional and cultural differences across markets and for creating competitive global organizations in the new world economy.

Based on market review and on strong interest expressed by international business executives, professionals and alumni in the field, the certificate prepares participants for a variety of employment options in the globalized South Carolina economy. Offered to promote career growth and development, the program provides critical frameworks and advanced content material for understanding global strategy, which companies undertake when they want to grow beyond their country’s current borders.

Candidates pursuing this certificate must complete two required courses and two elective courses from the list below. Depending on the program, students may use these courses as part of their regular curriculum.

Required Courses (two)

One of the following three courses:

  • DMSB 714: Managing the Multinational Enterprise (IMBA, MBA)
  • IBUS 703: International Management (PMBA)
  • IBUS 705: Global Business Management (MIB)

One of the following two courses:

  • DMSB 741: Comparative Institutional Systems (IMBA, MBA)
  • IBUS 704: Comparative Corporate Governance (MIB, PMBA)

Elective Courses (two)

  • IBUS 519: Social Networks and Global leadership
  • IBUS 706: Nation States, Regional Networks and Global Markets (MIB only)
  • IBUS 709: International Intellectual Property Management
  • IBUS 718: Consulting and Organizational Development in MNCs
  • IBUS 720: International Entrepreneurship
  • IBUS 735: International Mergers and Acquisitions
  • IBUS 739: Design Thinking for International Business (MIB only)
  • IBUS 750: Exploring Global Business (only one STSA allowed)

Subject to approval by the Moore School Graduate Program Committee, up to nine credit hours of the certificate coursework can be transferred to graduate degree programs such as the Professional MBA, International MBA and Master of International Business.

Note: Curriculum listed above is current as of December 2019.

International Finance

The International Finance Certificate is a unique opportunity for those with interests or careers in finance and related fields to gain specialized knowledge and skills in international finance and investments. The certificate offers courses that analyze the international financial environment and the multinational corporation, financial management of multinational corporations, international investments and portfolio management and international corporate governance.

Based on market review and on strong interest expressed by international finance executives, professionals and alumni in the field, the certificate prepares participants to gain specialized knowledge and skills in international finance and investments. The certificate offers courses that analyze the international financial environment and the multinational corporation, financial management of multinational corporations, international investments and portfolio management and international corporate governance. The program can result in a variety of employment options given the unmet demand in the finance field for employees with a critical understanding of international finance and investments.

This program is currently restricted to students who are not already enrolled in a graduate degree program at the Darla Moore School of Business. To enroll in this graduate finance certificate, participants must have a bachelor’s degree and have basic knowledge of and/or professional experience in corporate finance and financial management. Those who lack the foundational knowledge will be required to complete a one-week intensive workshop about key finance concepts. To be awarded this certificate, participants must complete 12 credit hours with nine hours in core courses and three hours in an elective course.

Core Courses (9 Hours)

  • IBUS 701: International Financial Management
  • IBUS 711: Global Corporate Valuation
  • IBUS 714: Global Equity Investments

Elective Courses (3 Hours)

  • IBUS 704: Comparative Corporate Governance
  • IBUS 750: Exploring Global Business
  • IBUS 790: Specialized Study in International Business

Subject to approval by the Moore School International Finance Certificate Committee, students may request that other courses be substituted for the courses above. The certificate provides relevant coursework to apply for graduate programs such as the Professional MBA and MBA. Subject to approval by the Moore School Graduate Program Committee, students will have the opportunity to transfer nine credit hours into a master’s program.

Note: Curriculum listed above is current as of December 2019.

 


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