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Advance your career to the next level As a Graduate Certificate student, you will have the opportunity to learn finance, analytics, strategy, and other in-demand skills from world-renowned faculty and accomplished classmates. Among your professors, you’ll find the founders of tech start-ups, large enterprise consultants, and respected industry leaders. Sitting beside you in the classroom, you’ll find fellow students from around the world, ready to share their own professional and academic experience. Engage in practical, real-world learning, designed for ambitious professionals like you.

Create Your Own Experience

When you pursue a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, you have the opportunity to choose between several different program formats and curriculum offerings. Each of these options is structured to provide a unique learning experience to fit your exact needs.


Build your Own Curriculum

Do you need to learn specific skills to move into a new position or enhance your career performance? The Build Your Own Curriculum will allow you to define your own educational path. You have the option to study only those subjects that apply to your unique interests and your specific career goals. The program is designed for working professionals, with evening and weekend courses that can fit alongside your current career. Learn the skills you need in the classroom, and apply them to your professional work the following day.

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Part-time MBA Path

The Part-Time MBA Path builds your business knowledge and puts you on the fast-track towards a MBA. This path includes six foundational classes (15 credits) from our Part-Time MBA. You’ll have the opportunity to learn skills that will advance your career right away, and your new professional credential will enhance your long-term professional profile.

While you are earning your certificate, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore whether a full MBA program might be the right choice for you. The Part-Time MBA path allows you to experience D’Amore-McKim MBA courses without the long-term commitment of an entire MBA program. Certificate courses are scheduled to work around your busy schedule.

Successful completion of this program may serve as a fast-track into the D’Amore-McKim Part-Time MBA program, allowing you to apply credits and satisfy the GMAT application requirement.

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International Student EIGHT-month Cohort

Are you considering coming to the U.S. to further your education? This 15-credit program is completed at a full-time pace over the course of 8 months. You'll complete this rigorous coursework as part of a small student cohort. Together, you and your classmates will establish deep personal and professional connections, ensuring the learning spills out of the classroom and your network grows strong. This is an excellent opportunity to experience diverse business cultures and gain skills to help you stand out in a global job market.

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Accelerated Four-Month Curriculum

Are you looking for a condensed program to fit into a gap in your work schedule, sabbatical, or short-term stay in the U.S.? Our Accelerated 4-Month Curriculum may be the right option for you. This format allows you to select your own coursework from MBA course offerings and study at D’Amore-McKim for one semester at a full-time pace, completing four classes.

If you are an international student, you may be able to transfer credits earned at D’Amore-McKim back to your home institution. Northeastern is AACSB accredited. Select any four 3-credit courses from our current MBA program.

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Building a real-world educational experience with opportunities outside of the classroom is part of our approach to learning at D'Amore-McKim School of Business. Your Graduate Certificate education will not be limited to classroom learning. Opportunities to sharpen your business skills are everywhere. Below, explore just some of the experiential learning opportunities for which you can apply as a student at D’Amore-McKim.

IDEA: Northeastern University's Venture Accelerator

IDEA: A Student-Run Venture Accelerator

Starting your own business venture? Work with mentors, access financial support, and seek additional help in areas like marketing and communications. IDEA can help you bring your idea to life.

360 Huntington Fund

The 360 Huntington Fund

The 360 Huntington Fund is D’Amore-McKim School of Business’ student-managed mutual fund. Our students manage a half million dollars of the University’s endowment–are you up for the challenge?

OPT Work Authorization

OPT Work Authorization

International students who successfully complete a 15-credit certificate program on campus are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. Apply your classroom learning to real-world work experience.