Working Professional Certificate Program

Increase your expertise and credibility.

We know you've got a lot on your plate, so Frostburg State University created this online program to help you climb the ladder at your own speed.

Designed for working adults, this certificate program is for people with an associate’s degree or equivalent credits and some relevant work experience.


The resume boost you've been looking for...

Program is AACSB accredited

Frostburg State's Working Professional Certificates are a great way to boost your resume. Earn a certificate now or apply your coursework toward an undergraduate degree in the future. You decide what best meets your goals!

Frostburg State University offers five ONLINE certificates:

  • Human Resources and Telework Management
  • Manufacturing Leadership
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Retail Management
  • Small Business Management

The Working Professional Certificate program is designed to take one year of part-time study—roughly 12 to 18 credits (4 to 6 classes). Coursework is entirely online with accessible scheduling for working adults.


Course Requirements

  • Certificate in Human Resources and Telework Management (12 credits)

    Human resources is a growing need for companies of all sizes. The increasing complexities of legal regulations, licensing requirements, healthcare and benefits administration, employee disciplinary procedures, payroll and retirement benefits oversight, etc. is placing a burden on employers like not seen before. In this program you'll learn about:

    • Roles and functions of human resources professions
    • Recruitment and retention of human workforce talent
    • Establishing and enforcing employee personnel polices
    • Legal and regulatory overview of employment laws
    • Employee benefits overviews
    • Managing remote telework employees


    Required Coursework:

    MGMT 356 Leadership and Human Behavior (Prerequisite: 42 credits) 
    MGMT 357 Human Resources Management (a grade of C or better in MGMT 251)
    MGMT 452 Staffing and Development (Prerequisite: MGMT 357)
    MGMT 391 Management Seminar (Remote Workforce & Telework) (Prerequisite: none)

  • Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership (12 - 18 credits)

    Balance the pressures of employee oversight with the logistical needs of a manufacturing facility. Define and implement the appropriate manufacturing techniques to be used in the field for roles such as:

    • Facilities manager
    • Operations manager
    • Line supervisors
    • Shift supervisors
    • Other management and technical roles


    Required Coursework:

    MGMT 355 Operations Management (Prerequisite: MATH 109, MGMT 251)
    MGMT 356 Leadership and Human Behavior (Prerequisite: 42 credits)
    MGMT 359 Quality Management (Prerequisite: MATH 109, MGMT 251)
    MGMT 391 Management Seminar - Manufacturing Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership (12-15 credits)

  • Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership ( 12-15 credits)

    Non-profits make up the third largest employment sector in the United States. Focus on management, leadership and human resource skills unique to the successful operation of a non-profit organization. Learn to:

    • Increase revenue,
    • Budget financial resources,
    • Procure goods and services,
    • Define, train and implement appropriate management techniques,
    • Manage projects and benchmarking tools,
    • Recruit and retain volunteers and
    • Understand the roles and function of the board of directors/trustees.


    Required Coursework:

    MGMT 356 Leadership and Human Behavior (Prerequisite: 42 credits)
    MGMT 357 Human Resources Management (Prerequisite: MGMT 251)
    MGMT 405 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (Prerequisite: 42 credits)
    MGMT 391 Management Seminar – Non-Profit

  • Certificate in Retail Management (12 credits)

    The largest employment sector in the United States, retail has many opportunities to advance your career. Focus on management, leadership and human resource skills critical to the successful operation of a retail store (brick-and-mortar or e-commerce). Learn to:

    • Increase revenue,
    • Budget financial resources,
    • Procure goods and services,
    • Manage projects and benchmarking tools and
    • Recruit and retain staff.


    Required Coursework:

    MGMT 356 Leadership and Human Behavior (Prerequisite: 42 credits)
    MGMT 357 Human Resources Management (Prerequisite: MGMT 251)
    MGMT 405 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (Prerequisite: 42 credits)
    MGMT 391 Management Seminar - Retail

  • Certificate in Small Business Management (12-15 credits)

    Of all the companies in the United States, 99.9% are small businesses, and 47.3% of all private sector jobs are in a small business. That means business owners have many hats to wear. Learn to:

    • Budget and utilize resources, working capital and inventory and
    • Manage projects and benchmarking tools.


    Required Coursework:

    MGMT 315 New Business Ventures (Prerequisite: 42 credits)
    MGMT 356 Leadership and Human Behavior (Prerequisite: 42 credits)
    MGMT 425 Entrepreneurial Business Plan (Prerequisite: MGMT 315)
    MGMT 391 Management Seminar – Small Business


Course Descriptions in Undergraduate Catalog


Admission Requirements

Candidates will:

  • Meet the academic prerequisites of the courses within the program
  • Have an Associate's degree or equivalent credit
  • Be employed in a relevant work setting

Enrollees will be considered non-degree-seeking students throughout the program, but may apply earned credits toward an undergraduate degree upon completion.

Please send a transcript of previous coursework and a resume or description of your current job.


Course Load and Scheduling

FSU knows that different students will progress at different speeds depending upon personal and professional demands, so don't worry. This program can work within your schedule and at your pace.


Contact Admissions

Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303
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FSU Codes
SAT: 5402   ACT: 1714   FAFSA: 002072

Working Professionals Certificate

Kathy Griemsmann, Program Manager
email icon kmgriemsmann@frostburg.edu


Dr. Marty Mattare
Director of Business Programs at USMH
32 W Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
phone icon 855-378-2378
email icon mmattare@frostburg.edu