College of Business and Public Administration

Graduate Certificates

Drake’s graduate certificates are designed to provide local professionals with the competencies necessary to demonstrate expertise in their chosen area of interest without pursuing a full graduate degree. Upon completing the certificate program, participants should have the ability to design and implement strategies in their chosen area that provide organizations a competitive advantage.

Accounting (Governance, Risk, and Compliance)

Accounting (Taxation)

Business Analytics

Cybersecurity Management

Financial Decision Making

Health Administration and Policy

Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Public Policy

Real Estate

 

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Accounting (Governance, Risk, and Compliance)

The graduate Accounting certificate provides students with specialized knowledge and skills in taxation or risk-management.  The GRC track provides various entity stakeholders with insights and an understanding of a risk – a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes within an entity.

Course Credits
ACCT 276 - IT Auditing 3
ACCT 277 - Fraud Examination 3
ACCT 278 - Internal Auditing 3
MBA 242 - Evaluating Organizational Performance 3

 

Accounting (Taxation)

The Taxation certificate provides students with an overview of the different areas of taxation and provides them with the skills and knowledge to identify and resolve tax issues encountered in business practices.

Course Credits
ACCT 185 - Individual Taxation 3
ACCT 186 - Business Entity Taxation 3
ACCT 255 - Tax Research and Planning 3
MBA 242 - Evaluating Organizational Performance 3



Business Analytics

The Business Analytics certificate provides a base skill set of recognizing the importance of data for solving operational, tactical, and strategic level organizational problems.  Additionally, students will learn how to evaluate the characteristics, capabilities, and limitations of digital data as well as understand data-related laws and ethical practices.

Course Credits
IS 210 - Business Analytics, Teams, and Projects 3
IS 220 - Information Technology Legal and Ethical Issues 3
IS 231 - Data Management and Visual Analytics 3
STAT 240 - Statistical Modeling 3
STAT 260 - Applied Analytics Project 3

 

Cybersecurity Management

The Cybersecurity Management certificate encompasses five courses targeting individuals in the workforce looking to further their expertise and careers to include facets of cybersecurity management.

This certificate requires 15 credit hours including three required courses plus two additional courses from a predetermined list of electives.

Course

Credits

IS 298 – Cybersecurity Management

3

IS 298 – Cyber Attack Prevention and Mitigation

3

MBA 256 – IT and Business

3

Select two courses from the following

ACCT 276 – IT Auditing

3

ACCT 277 – Fraud Examination

3

ACCT 278 – Internal Auditing

3

INS 280 – Operational Risk Management

3

BLAW 225 – Practical Contract Interpretation

3

 

Financial Decision Making

The Financial Decision Making certificate provides mid-level managers the tools they need to develop budgets and make financial decisions by developing a deeper understanding of finance as they are given increased responsibility.

Course Credits
MBA 242 - Evaluating Organizational Performance 3
Select four courses from the following
ACCT 277 - Fraud Examination 3
ACCT 280 - Financial Statement Analysis 3
FIN 283 - Multinational Financial Management 3
FIN 285 - Equity Valuation 3
INS 280 - Corporate Risk Management 3
MBA 245 - Leading with Data 3
MBA 253 - Enhancing Firm Value 3

 

Health Administration & Policy

The Health Administration & Policy certificate provides an in-depth investigation and study of the current health care sector by using case-based real-world problems. Topics include the growing change in health care management, funding, policy-making, and the Affordable Health Care Act.

Course Credits
MPA 215 - Changing Environment & Management of Public & Nonprofit Organizations 3
Select four courses from the following
HLTH 261 - Health Care Policy 3
HLTH 263 - Health Care Administration 3
HLTH 264 - Beyond Ethics: Policy & Health Care 3
HLTH 266 - Health Care Regulation, Law & Advocacy 3
PADM 250 - Administrative Evil 3

  

Nonprofit Management and Leadership

The Nonprofit Leadership certificate provides key learning experiences critical to effective leadership of nonprofit organizations. Topics include resources development (grants and fund raising), leadership, finance, community and cross-sector development and policy.

Course Credits
MPA 226 - Public Policy Decision Making & Analysis 3
Select four courses from the following
BUS 212 - Seminar in Executive Leadership 3
MPA 215 - Changing Environment & Management of Public & Nonprofit Organizations 3
MPA 220 - Public Budgeting & Financial Management, or
ACCT 210 - Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities
3
PADM 280 - Managing Across Sector Boundaries 3
PADM 281 - Program Performance, Evaluation & Management 3
PADM 282 - Comparative Management and Policy Analysis in a Global Context 3
PADM 283 - External Resource Development 3
PADM 285 - Community and Economic Development 3

 

Public Policy

The Public Policy certificate provides key learning experiences critical to understanding the origins of, processes and emerging trends in public policy. Topics include state and local policy, financial policy making, comparative policy analysis, ethics of policy, and policy analysis.

Course Credits
MPA 226 - Public Policy Decision Making & Analysis 3
Select four courses from the following
MPA 215 - Changing Environment & Management of Public & Nonprofit Organizations 3
PADM 240 - Public Budgeting & Financial Management 3
PADM 250 - Administrative Evil 3
PADM 285 - Community and Economic Development 3
PADM 286 - State Government Administration 3
PADM 289 - Urban Government and Administration 3

 

Real Estate

The Real Estate certificate provides individuals the tools they need to understand and perform financial analysis and modelign of real estate transactiosn and portfolios in additiona to understandign the fundamentals of real estate law.

Course Credits
FIN 260 - Real Estate Fundamentals 3
FIN 261 - Real Estate Finance 3
FIN 262 - Urban Development, Sustainability, and Social Impact 3
BLAW 225 - Practice Contract Interpretation, or
LAW 222 - Real Estate Transactions
3

 

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.