Business Management Certificate

Management Certificate at Harper College

Learn business organization and leadership 

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  • Credit hours: 18
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Available online
  • Potential job outcomes: Customer service representative, retail supervisor, office manager

Explore a career in business management with this 18-credit-hour certificate program. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to seek entry-level to mid-management positions in sales, customer service, operations and office administration.

Classes focus on business organization, leadership, principles of management, finance, organizational behavior and more. Instructors are a mix of full-time faculty and working professionals who are experts in the business management field. This program is available in an online or accelerated Fast Track format, giving you added flexibility.

Credit earned for this certificate can be applied to the Business Administration AAS degree.

Certificate program requirements

This 18 credit-hour certificate program is designed for those students who wish to further explore the specific qualifications and requirements necessary for entry-level to mid-management positions.

The Associate in Applied Science in Business Administration includes a specialized study area for Management. Please refer to Business Administration in this section of the catalog if you are interested in pursuing a degree in this discipline.


Number Course Title Credits
MGT 111 3

Description: Introduces the nature of business and the environment in which it operates. Forms of business ownership, introduction to operative and facilitating facets of business operation, management, marketing, accounting, statistics, business law, finance, investments, insurance and labor-management relations.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MGT 150 3

Description: Introduces arithmetic as a tool of business. Topics include fractions, decimals and percentages, computations of interest, bank discounts, depreciation, commissions, compound interest, payrolls and taxes and graph and chart design. Students must score satisfactorily on a mathematics placement test prior to registering for this course.

Prerequisite: Placement options. Math_Placement_Grid.pdf

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

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MGT 205 3

Description: Investigates leadership styles and the influences of leadership styles within organizations from start-ups to global corporations. Explores the empirical science and evidence of leadership styles, motivation, communication, conflict resolution, negotiations, creativity and innovation. Examines leadership styles as they relate to culture, diversity and globalization. Evaluates the performance of successful leaders.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MGT 270 3

Description: Presents the theory and major functions of management and describes the role of the manager. Major concepts in organization are developed along with an understanding of the decision-making process and consideration of the human factor in management.

Prerequisite: MGT 111 or MGT 154 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

Electives: Select at least six credit hours from the following courses:

Number Course Title Credits
MGT 218 3

Description: Introduces fundamental principles of finance and fiscal management. Students will review financial theories and examine cash-flow projections, asset valuation, capital expenditure and investment opportunities, financial planning, and decision-making processes, and the structure of business markets.

Prerequisite: ACC 101 and either MGT 111 or MGT 154 with grades of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MGT 280 3

Description: Emphasizes a managerial and interpersonal relations process approach to problem solving, communication and group dynamics. Specific treatment is given to managing change, appraisal and reward, solving communication problems, status needs of the work force, understanding individuals, group dynamics and reducing conflict.

Prerequisite: MGT 111 or MGT 154 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

MGT 291 3

Description: Provides a logical and strategic integration of management principles with representative supervisory problems found in business firms. Analyzes decision-making through the use of case studies, simulation, and directed reading. Creates strategic plans for solving management problems.

Prerequisite: MGT 111, MGT 270 and 3 credit hours in MGT or MKT course work, or consent of program coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2019 | Summer 2019 | Fall 2019

1 - The mathematics elective must be MTH 103 or above. Students should meet with an academic advisor or the program coordinator for an appropriate MTH course.

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Next steps

For more information about studying business at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.