Courses are offered in face-to-face, online, or blended formats. Students in the graduate certificate programs learn alongside students in the MBA program and must meet the requirements for admission to graduate programs in business at Viterbo University.
Certificate courses may be offered in spring, summer, or fall semester, with the highest concentration of courses offered in the summer in an 8-week format. A student choosing to complete a focused applied research or capstone project may complete that project with the guidance of a graduate advisor in the spring, summer, or fall.
Credits Applied to the MBA: A graduate course taken as part of a certificate program may later be applied to satisfy MBA program requirements, given:
- the student has applied and been accepted into the MBA program.
- a grade of B or better has been received on the certificate course.
- the course is considered relevant to the MBA at the time of admission.
- the course was taken within the time frame specified for transferable credits in Viterbo’s graduate program catalog.
A student who completes a certificate and then enters the MBA program cannot declare the certificate program as an emphasis. If they choose to declare a different emphasis during the MBA program, that will be the emphasis designation on the official transcript. MGMT 501 will be required, in addition to the listed requirements, for those who do not meet the prerequisite requirements for a graduate degree in business.
Graduate tuition is charged at a per-credit-hour rate plus a $10 per credit resource fee. Each certificate requires 12 credits. MBA alumni may have certificate requirements reduced by 3 credits. The certificates are degree programs; therefore, students may be eligible for federal financial aid.