A new graduate program at the University of New Brunswick offers a different option to those who are looking to upgrade their professional business skills but don’t want to commit to a full MBA program. Offered by the faculty of business administration, the graduate certificate in management program is ideal for people who want the academic credentials and formal training in core business disciplines to take on higher-level challenges in the workplace.
“The graduate certificate is much more than a workshop-based development program,” said Dr. Judy Roy, assistant dean of graduate programs. “It provides semester long academic rigor in a classroom-learning environment. The completion of the certificate is intended to provide a toolkit for management positions and serve as a stepping-stone to further the students’ education.”
If students decide to complete the full MBA program, the certificate course credits will count toward the master’s degree. Throughout their course of study, certificate students will take courses alongside students in the MBA program. The addition of working professionals enrolled in the certificate program to the classroom will help enrich the learning environment for MBA students, as they bring experience and knowledge from the workplace.
To qualify for the program, applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in any field of study; they should also have three to five years of full-time work experience. To complete the program, students must take eight required courses, which is almost equivalent to the first year of the MBA program. The certificate program can be completed in one year as a full-time student, or two years as a part-time student.
Registration opens on June 19 and the deadline to apply for September 2013 is July 31.
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