Refresh your skills; broaden your expertise

Whether you want to update your skills or need to broaden your knowledge in a new area of expertise, a graduate certificate provides the opportunity to:

  • Revitalize your skills
  • Reposition your résumé
  • Recharge your professional network

To qualify for the graduate certificate program, there is no need to submit GMAT/GRE scores. 

FDU MBA alumni enjoy these added benefits

  • No application fee.
  • No additional steps — we’ll access your MBA transcript for you.
  • Opportunity to renew your contacts at FDU.

Graduate certificate course requirements

All courses are two credits unless noted as three credit courses. A student may request to waive any courses that may have taken as part of an MBA program.


For professionals seeking to learn accounting practices and procedures, including activity, based costing, budgeting, standard costing, break-even analysis, capital budgeting, process and activity decisions, leases and income taxes.

For a certificate in accounting, students must complete a total of seven courses, or 19 credits.

The following courses may have already been taken as part of an MBA program and students may request a waiver of these courses:

  • ACCT 5012: Financial Accounting: End User Applications
  • ACCT 6012: Managerial Accounting Applications

Students must take the following courses as part of the certificate in accounting program:

  • ACCT 6630: Intermediate Accounting I (3 credits)
  • ACCT 6640: Advanced Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACCT 6635: Intermediate Acct II (3 credits)

In addition, students are required to complete any two courses (6 credits) from the following list of accounting electives:

  • ACCT 6617: Cost: Measurement, Plan and Control (3 credits)
  • ACCT 6618: Auditing Concepts and Methods (3 credits)
  • ACCT 6605: Federal Income Tax I: Individual (3 credits)
  • ACCT 6606: Federal Income Tax II: Business Entities (3 credits)


For professionals seeking knowledge in managing an organization’s cash resources, financial planning, budgeting, creating matrices for enhancing shareholder value, setting investment and borrowing policies and managing an organization’s banking relationships.

For a certificate in finance, students must complete a total of nine courses, or 18 credits.

The following courses may have already been taken as part of an MBA program and students may request a waiver of these courses:

  • FIN 5012: Principles of Finance
  • FIN 6012: Corporate Finance
  • ECON 6012: Managerial Economics

Students must take the following courses as part of the certificate in finance program:

  • FIN 6701: Strategic Financial Decisions
  • FIN 6721: Financial Markets and investments
  • FIN 6731: Portfolio Management

In addition, students are required to complete any three courses (6 credits) from the following list of finance electives:

  • FIN 6742: Global Finance
  • FIN 6751: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • FIN 6112: Finance Decisions for a Sustainable Enterprise
  • FIN 6801: Seminar in Corporate Finance

International business (Metro campus only)

For business and government professionals seeking timely information about the ways and means of conducting business in specific geographic areas.

For a certificate in international business, students must complete a total of nine courses, or 18 credits.

The following courses may have already been taken as part of an MBA program and students may request a waiver of these courses:

  • ECON 5012: Economic Analysis
  • MKTG 5012: Marketing Principles
  • ECON 6012: Managerial Economics

Students must take the following courses as part of the certificate in international business program:

  • IBUS 6012: International Business Concepts
  • IBUS 6020: Economics of International Trade
  • IBUS 6706: International Marketing
  • IBUS 6072: International Management
  • IBUS 6742: Global Finance
  • IBUS 6800: Graduate Independent Study in International Business


For professionals seeking to improve their people management skills. The program is designed to build skills in leadership, team building and motivation of the workforce in the light of current human resource demands. The program builds knowledge of how business strategy impacts on organizational interaction with the marketplace and how to structure the workplace to enhance organizational growth and productivity.

For a certificate in management, students must complete a total of nine courses, or 18 credits.

The following courses may have already been taken as part of an MBA program and students may request a waiver of these courses:

  • MGMT 5012: Foundations of Management
  • MGMT 6012: Organization Behavior
  • MGMT 7012: Global Business Capstone

Students must take the following courses as part of the certificate in management program:

  • MGMT 6112: Managing Sustainability in a Global Environment
  • MGMT 6621: Strategic Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 6633: Leadership and Change Management
  • MGMT 6640: Leadership Development project
  • MGMT 6625: Managing a Healthy Workforce
  • MGMT 6700: Negotiation and Conflict Management


For managers and practitioners involved in charting the direction of an organization and contributing to product-market decisions that create and sustain competitive advantage and impact on long-term organizational performance. The program is designed to build skills in defining an organization’s business, identifying organizational opportunities, formulating strategy in product pricing, distribution and promotions, and developing reformulation and recovery strategies.

For a certificate in marketing, students must complete a total of nine courses, or 18 credits.

The following courses may have already been taken as part of an MBA program and students may request a waiver of these courses:

  • MKTG 5012: Marketing Principles
  • MKTG 6012: Marketing Management
  • ENTR 6012: Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Students must take the following online courses as part of the certificate in marketing program:

  • MKTG 6602: Marketing Research
  • MKTG 6603: Consumer Behavior

In addition, students are required to complete any four courses (8 credits) from the following list of electives:

  • ENTR 6112: Strategic Innovation management
  • MKTG 6605: Marketing Communications (online only)
  • MKTG 6111: Digital Marketing Strategies (online only)
  • MKTG 6112: Social Media Strategy (online only)
  • MKTG 6113: Mobile Marketing Strategies (online only)

Pharmaceutical management (Florham campus only)

For professionals interested in assuming a leadership role in managing the challenging issues in today’s dynamic pharmaceutical industry. Courses emphasize exposure to the industry, government regulations, specialized marketing and managing within research and production-quality control environments.

For a certificate in pharmaceutical management, students must complete a total of eight courses, or 18 credits.

The following courses may have already been taken as part of an MBA program and students may request a waiver of these courses:

  • MGMT 5012: Foundations of Management
  • ECON 5012: Economic Analysis
  • MKTG 5012: Marketing Principles
    or DSCI 6012: Supply Chain Management

Students must take the following courses as part of the certificate in pharmaceutical management program:

  • PHAR 6601: Health Systems and Policy (3 credits)
  • PHAR 6690: Managing Value in Healthcare (3 credits)
  • PHAR 6615: Pharmaceutical Marketing and Product Development
  • PHAR 6640: Management of Research and Technology in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • PHAR 6800: Graduate Independent Study in Pharmaceutical Management

Course Descriptions

  • ACCT5012 This course is focused on the information needs of the users of financial statements that includes, but is not limited to managers, investors, creditors and regulators. The primary context of the course is financial accounting for corporate entities. This course assumes no prior knowledge of financial accounting.

  • ACCT6012 This course focuses on the decision support information that managers regularly use and need in the contemporary business setting. Topics include: Cost volume profit, cost behavior, product costing, pricing, quality costs, budgeting, variance analysis, short-term decision making and business unit performance measurement. The course will begin with a session on understanding financial statements to provide articulation with the financial accounting.

  • ACCT6605 A first course in taxation for graduate students without prior study in taxation. It examines tax principles as they affect the individual

  • ACCT6606 This course is a sequel to ACCT6605 Federal Tax I.It examines taxation as it concerns business entities, such as C and S corporations, LLC's and partnerships. Students are highly encouraged to take ACCT 6605 first. Anyone who has not will be instructed to self-study certain materials from ACCT 6605 for which the text is same.

  • ACCT6617 The basic elements of cost and cost control. Cost accounting systems such as process costing, job order costing, standard and direct costing, the planning, budgeting and control functions. Fall, Spring

  • ACCT6618 The auditor's report. Basic auditing concepts and methods are studied in detail as they relate to assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses. Fall, Spring

  • ACCT6630 An in-depth study of the generally accepted accounting principles as they relate to corporations; particular attention is given to financial reporting, revenue recognition, asset valuation and measurement. Basic differences in US and international accounting are identified. Topics of current interest and controversy are introduced to prepare the student for more advanced courses.

  • ACCT6635 This course continues the in-depth study of financial accounting begun in ACCT 6630. Pronouncements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and their applications, such as in the areas of accounting for liabilities, stockholders equity, dilutive securities, earnings per share, and statement of cash flows are examined. Basic differences in US and international accounting are identified. Recent developments and prospects for the future change in accounting thought are considered.

  • ACCT6640 An in-depth study of the accounting principles related to special areas such as business combinations, consolidations, foreign operations and partnerships. There is some exposure to accounting for nonprofit institutions such as state and local governments, educational systems, institutions and hospitals. Spring

  • DSCI6012 This course provides concepts and knowledge on how firms design, produce and deliver goods and services to their customers. The broad themes of the course touch upon strategy, planning and control of operations to achieve quality, efficiency, flexibility, and speed. The course emphasizes the flows of material and information among the various supply chain participants that create value. Analytical techniques in management science are introduced to solve various operations management problems.

  • ECON5012 Microeconomic foundations of consumer and business decisions, review of the rationale for government intervention in specific markets, macroeconomic principles relating to the level of aggregate economic activity and government policies aimed at meeting growth, employment and price stability goals.

  • ECON6012 The application of Microeconomic theory to decision making in the business firm. Overview of demand and consumer behavior, production and cost management, market structure and pricing. Understanding of tools developed to support the decision making process at the managerial level.

  • ENTR6012 This course is an integral component of the MBA Core curriculum. It provides students with an understanding of the process with innovation in the context of changing economic environments that are marked by fast cycle times for services and products. Challenges and opportunities associated with creating sustainable value for an organization will be considered through the application of key concepts, processes, and tools of decision-making at the level of the firm. Key concepts associated with innovation, entrepreneurship, and business strategy will be validated by the use of appropriate pedagogical tools and the development of a business model project.

  • ENTR6112 This course provides an opportunity for students to gain an understanding, from a strategy perspective, of what innovation is, the importance of innovation within organizations, and how it can be managed. It introduces students to key concepts and models from the strategic management and innovation management literature.

  • FIN5012 This course surveys the financial environment and performs comparisons of firms based on their financial statements, It studies the essential compounding-discounting techniques used to price assets and projects with deterministic cash flows.

  • FIN6012 This course discusses how some of the most important financial theories are applied to a corporate setting. Blending theory and practice the course introduces the concepts of risk, cost of capital commitment of funds for the long term capital investment and other applications of interest.

  • FIN6112 This course introduces the student to strategic financial decisions for a sustainable enterprise. As such, the course discusses various strategic real options that ensure that the corporation acts at the best time capturing the most value from its multiple strategic options. In addition,the course discusses capital structure and the various theories leading to a minimum cost of capital that ensure that a corporation has access to more projects and create more value. Finally, concepts of valuation and its maximization towards achieving sustainability of the enterprise will be presented. Therefore, the course proposes to raise the awareness of the student to concepts of sustainable enterprise from financial perspectives leading to sound actions.

  • FIN6701 This course explores how sophisticated financial theory and knowledge can be used for the strategic decisions of the corporation.

  • FIN6721 This course sets forth the theoretical framework underlying the role of capital markets. It studies the various financial instruments within the many asset classes and their trading. In addition, it introduces macro and industry analysis, the term structure of interest rates and other relevant concepts for investment analysis.

  • FIN6731 Applications of economics, statistics and investment analysis to the process of constructing, managing, revising and analyzing equity and fixed income portfolios. Futures, options and other derivative securities are also considered, along with international investments.

  • FIN6742 This course examines how the access and exposure to different currency, country and market environments can affect the financial and investment decisions of the firm. Topics include: the determination of the exchange rates, measurement and management of the different exposures to currency risk, international investment decisions by firms, hedging and other timely topics.

  • FIN6751 The course covers mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, the joint ventures & strategic alliances, as well as corporate restructurings. The history, laws and strategy of M & A along with corporate governance, selloffs and business valuation are covered.

  • FIN6801 Advanced study in corporate finance. Specific topics vary by instructor. May be taken more than once by different instructors.

  • IBUS6012 This is a survey course that introduces graduate students to international business. The underlying factors that drive globalization, shape international business environments, and influence business strategies and organizational structures of multinational corporations are critically examined in the course. Thus, the course provides students with the necessary concepts, tools and skills that will permit them to analyze and respond effectively to dynamic changes in the global environment.

  • IBUS6020 An introduction of international economics, including international commercial policies and their impact on the balance of trade, the balance of payments, capital flows and the international monetary system.

  • IBUS6072 Operation of businesses in an international environment and the issues involved in ownership, management, labor, production, legal, control and public affairs as a result.

  • IBUS6706 An introduction of marketing considerations in international markets. Cultural differences, social patterns, channels of distribution, product attributes, pricing policies and promotional policies are examined within an international framework.

  • IBUS6742 This course examines how the access and exposure to different currency, country and market environments can affect the financial and investment decisions of the firm. Topics include: the determination of the exchange rates, measurement and management of the different exposures to currency risk, international investment decisions by firms, hedging and other timely topics.

  • IBUS6800 Independent Study in International Business (IBUS) at the first year graduate level.

  • MGMT5012 This course prepares students to understand at a basic level how the functional areas of business fit within the larger context of organizations. The role of managers and the evolution of management from the classical, human relations, and behavioral-systems schools of thought will be discussed. The general management functions of planning, organizing, controlling, staffing, and leading will be introduced. Also covered in this course will be the basics of competitive strategy formulation, organization design, motivation, goal setting, group/team dynamics, international management, and ethical decision making, as foundations for more advanced treatment of these topics in the MBA core.

  • MGMT6012 This course emphasizes concepts and tools for assessing the social processes encountered in the workplace. Although the primary focus is on understanding and managing individuals and teams, there is significant attention to system-level behavior and change. Students will focus on the application of theories and the development of managerial skills, such as understanding individual differences, effectively working in teams, motivating and influencing others, managerial communications, ethical decision making and leadership, as well as managing organizational change

  • MGMT6112 Course will focus on the current and future challenges and opportunities relating to climate change, sustainable economic development, and the role of business. We will explore theory, the values and the practical aspects of sustainability with special emphasis on the role of leadership and managing change.

  • MGMT6621 This course explores how HR strategy can enhance firm competiveness. Students will be equipped with a wide knowledge of various human resource management functions including job analysis, recruitment, selection, training, performance evaluation, compensation, employee relations, and legal concerns. The impact of HR policies and organizational development on firm strategy are examined. Trends in HR including the management of workforce changes, HR performance metrics and the relationship of HR to corporate social responsibility are also discussed.

  • MGMT6625 This course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the challenge of managing a healthy workforce. Students will utilize knowledge acquired in their MBA core courses to analyze and propose solutions to contemporary challenges such as responding to the mandates of recent healthcare reform legislation, promoting the health status of employees and their dependents, occupational health and safety, coping with job stress, managing the chronic core needs of an aging workforce, controlling the cost and quality of healthcare, and creating a corporate culture of health and wellness. Course participants will identify current issues and use a team approach to develop actionable management programs that foster workforce health and welfare.

  • MGMT6633 Organizations must become more nimble so they can readily adapt to the shifting needs of the global marketplace. To that end, the ability to navigate organizational change is a competitive advantage. This course focuses on the development and application of strategies that will enable individuals to successfully lead organizational change. Topics include models and frameworks of change, as well as ethical responsibility and stakeholder engagement.

  • MGMT6640 In this course, students will be challenged to take on a live project in their organizations designed to stretch them and practice their leadership skills. This practical work will be closely accompanied by advanced leadership theory and deep personal reflection to enable students to empower themselves to lead with understanding, even while focusing on high levels of achievement. In addition to the project and classroom experiences, students will also have the opportunity to share, analyze and learn from their experiences in individual and group settings. Major topics include leadership, communication, coaching, teamwork, mental models, knowledge creation and the change process.

  • MGMT6700 Negotiation plays a crucial role in the interactions among individuals, teams and organizations, and successful negotiations can create value for all participants. This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of negation through readings, role-play and other experiential exercises. The influence of culture and ethics in negotiation strategies will be assessed. Students will develop self-awareness through the discovery of their individual sources of negotiating strengths, and build a repertoire of personal negotiation strategies.

  • MGMT7012 Students will integrate strategic, marketing, operating, and financial theories and practices to evaluate the formulation and implementation of business strategy in multinational firm contexts. Issues pertaining to corporate diversification will be examined..

  • MKTG5012 This course will introduce students to marketing terminology and concepts. The goal is to provide sufficient foundation knowledge to enable students to take courses in the Core MBA program. Accordingly, the course introduces students to such fundamental marketing concepts as the marketing mix, segmentation, marketing research and consumer behavior.

  • MKTG6012 This course addresses the set of strategic and tactical decisions that marketers need to make to be able to create, communicate and deliver value to selected target markets. The course will address such topics as: segmentation, targeting and positioning; new product development and launch; management of brand equity; and product, price, distribution, and promotional strategy. Students will critique firms? marketing strategies that illustrate these issues. Students will also be responsible for integrating these concepts into a marketing plan for a new product.

  • MKTG6111 This course explores digital marketing trends from a theoretical and practical perspective. The class will examine topics such as website design, search engine optimization, search engine advertising, e-mail marketing, reputation management and analytics. Exercises and assignments are designed to provide students with the skills to develop, implement, and evaluate effective digital marketing programs.

  • MKTG6112 Social media strategy explores current social media platforms and their role in a company's marketing communication strategy, facilitating customer relationships, product innovation, and brand equity. Specifically, the course examines how to create and implement a social media campaign, measure and track its performance, and utilize appropriate analytic metrics and software platforms. Social media will be examined as part of a larger Integrated Marketing Communication strategy. In addition, it will briefly cover social media's potential role in overall business operations. Applicable consumer behavior, communication, and advertising theories will be covered.

  • MKTG6113 This course will examine the strategic uses of mobile marketing to be able to create and critique a mobile marketing plan. Students will be introduced to the quickly evolving mobile field and be exposed to topics such a mobile ready websites, proximity marketing, mobile advertising, mobile applications, messaging, and analytics.

  • MKTG6602 This course is designed to provide an in depth understanding of the marketing research process. This includes identifying and defining marketing problems with sufficient precision to permit the collection of the appropriate market data using a variety of methods. In addition, the course will focus on analyzing data using appropriate techniques to yield useable knowledge that can aid marketers in making better educated decisions.

  • MKTG6603 This course will expose students to various theories and concepts relevant to understanding consumer behavior. The course will focus heavily on consumer psychology and consumer decision-making processes, including factors that influence these processes. This foundation will form the basis of understanding how managers can benefit from such knowledge so that they are better equipped to both predict and influence consumers' responses to marketing strategies and tactics.

  • MKTG6605 Marketing Communications is designed to provide an overview of marketing communications theory, strategy, management and tactics. Students will be exposed to a mixture of applied theory and practical examples of how marketing communications plans and tactics are developed and executed.

  • PHAR6601 This course provides a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of the U.S. healthcare delivery system. Major forces and trends that are likely to shape the external environment and linkages among industry stakeholders are identified and examined. Fundamentals of healthcare economics, financing, reimbursement, quality assurance, and political policymaking are discussed with due regard for social and ethical implications. The spectrum of life sciences is considered in relation to the continuum of healthcare delivery. Students will prepare a position paper that applies course concepts to a contemporary issue of relevance to their specific career interests.

  • PHAR6615 Survey of sales and marketing practices, constraints and promotion tools in the pharmaceutical and related industries, including new product development and licensing. Prerequisites: MKTG6632 Strategic Marketing and PHAR6605 The Pharmaceutical Industry: Structure and Government Regulations.

  • PHAR6640 Strategic, organizational and human factors involved in successful research and development operations in pharmaceutical and chemical companies reviewed. Also covered are the selection and development of projects, creativity, liaison problems, control devices, analysis, reports and communications and other factors involved in program/project management.

  • PHAR6690 Of strategic concern to pharmaceutical managers, regardless of their particular career focus, is the current emphasis on delivering "value" to stakeholders (whoever they may be). Successful response to this challenge requires a balanced approach to managing the effectiveness (quality) and efficiency (cost) of products/services delivered. The role of managed care organizations as arbiters of healthcare coverage and value will be explored. As their course project, students will be challenged to develop a compelling value proposition for a product or service germane to their chosen area of industry specialization.

  • PHAR6800 Independent Study in Pharmaceutical-Chemical (PHAR) at the first year graduate level.