Working Professional Certificate Program

Certificate Programs

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.

Frostburg State University offers eight ONLINE certificates:

  • Crisis Leadership
  • Diversity Leadership
  • Human Resources and Telework Management
  • Manufacturing Leadership
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Retail Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship

     

Working Professional Certificates Highlights

  • Great way to boost your resume.

  • Earn a certificate now or apply your coursework toward an undergraduate degree in the future.

  • AACSB-accredited online program

  • 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.

What can I do with an working professional certificate?


Related Occupations

HR Manager

Small Business Owner

Manufacturing Manager

Entrepeneur

Non-Profit Director

These certificates requires about half the coursework, time and tuition as a master's degree. The Healthcare Management and Management certificates can be completed in as little as two semesters, while the Business Analytics certificate can be completed in 3 semesters.

What You'll Learn

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.

Course Requirements

  • Certificate in Crisis Leadership (12-18 credits)

    At a time when businesses, non-profits and government entities continue to deal with major disruptions to supply chain logistics, transitions and challenges of starting and maintaining a remote and telework workforce, shifting consumer habit and needs and the general shakeup of “business as usual” during the COVID-19 pandemic has left many organizations woefully unprepared to handle unforeseen dilemmas facing every business entity in the U.S. Organizations also face non-pandemic threats, such as data breaches, cyber related ransoms, corporate asset theft (financial and intellectual), natural disasters, employee misconduct, and litigation. In this course you will learn about:

    • How to identify and strategize the initial response to various threats in a manner which will create minimal discretion for your organization
    • Identifying potential organizational threats and weaknesses (SWOT Analysis)
    • Recognizing actual threats in real time
    • Communicating crisis to internal stakeholders
    • Communicating crisis to external stakeholders
    • Building a response team with appropriate threat-specific members
    • How to cope with supply-chain disruptions
    • How to adapt an existing business model to the new normal


    Required Coursework:

    MGMT 356 Leadership and Human Behavior (Prerequisite: 42 credits
    CMST 425 Public Relations Strategies (Prerequisite: CMST 102/112 or CMST 112 or permission of instructor)
    MGMT 410 Managing Change During Crisis (Prerequisite: MGMT 251)
    MGMT 391 Management Seminar (Prerequisite: None)

  • Certificate in Diversity Leadership (12-15 credits)

    With the U.S. witnessing some of the most significant calls for social change in decades, companies across various industries are identifying the need for more inclusive work environments and products – from changes in product names and logos to offering in-house diversity training to promote social awareness. Companies are also realizing the need to draw a balance of diverse talent within all levels of the organizational workforce. In this program you’ll learn about:

    • Fostering a better understanding among employees and all aspects of employment in order to create a better working environment for all
    • Properly manage and lead diverse working teams
    • Understanding differences amount the U.S. workforce
    • Handling and responding to workplace issues which may arise due to diverse nature of the workforce
    • Becoming receptive to diverse nature of clientele
    • Aiding in the creation of diversity, equity and inclusion training policies at your place of employment


    Required Coursework:

    MGMT 356 Leadership and Human Behavior (Prerequisite: 42 credits
    MGMT 405 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (Prerequisite: 42 credits
    SOCI 366 Social Inequality (Prerequisite: SOCI 100 or SOCI 111)
    MGMT 391 Management Seminar (Diverse Leadership) (Prerequisite: None)

  • 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 Manufacturing Leadership

  • 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

  • Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship (12 credits)

    Professionals and consumers are more conscious and self-aware of their business footprint than ever before. According to Forbes, “Today’s young people are as concerned with making a positive impact on the world as they are with making money. A whopping 94% want to use their skills to benefit a cause. Meanwhile, only half of Americans have confidence in the free market system, down from 80% just 15 years ago.1” Business can operate while meeting a common good are more likely to attract a younger consumer demographic, and thus more likely to succeed and grow. In this program you will learn about:

    • Leading social change within an existing organization
    • Putting social ideas into a new business plan
    • Building a business model that sets forth positive community change
    • Achieving balance between mission and financial growth
    • Scaling social mission to company size
    • Stabilizing community through economic development
    • Strategic marketing to grow business and to share the social message


    Required Coursework:

    MGMT 315 New Business Adventures (Prerequisite: 42 Credits)
    MGMT 400 Social Entrepreneurship (Prerequisite: MGMT 315)
    MGMT 405 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility (Prerequisite: 42 Credits)
    MGMT 391 Management Seminar (Prerequisite: None)


Course Descriptions in Undergraduate Catalog


Working Professional Certificates 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.

Send your official transcripts to the FSU Admissions Office, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD 21532 and submit your resume or self-statement containing relative work experience to resumeforcertificates@frostburg.edu.

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