The Graduate School of Business at the University of Arkansas offers three non-degree programs leading to graduate certificates: Business, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Systems. Admission and course requirements are described under each tab.

Graduate Certificate in Business

The Graduate Certificate in Business is designed to give non-business graduate students a foundation in the core aspects of business they will need to start successful commercial or non-commercial enterprises or assist in creating new products or service offerings in existing organizations. The certificate program is open to all non-business graduate students throughout the University of Arkansas, and students from all majors are encouraged to participate. Ideally, these students will be well-positioned to create knowledge-based, high-growth start-ups or assist existing companies in developing successful new product and services. Both of these goals will contribute to the economic development of the state of Arkansas.

Admission Requirements: The Graduate Certificate in Business is open to all non-business degree-seeking graduate students who are in good standing with the graduate school and admitted to the graduate school of business. Information on graduate school of business admission requirements can be found in the admissions portion of the graduate school of business section of the graduate catalog.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Business: (15 hours)

To receive the Graduate Certificate in Business, students are required to take 9 hours of coursework in the Walton College of Business and 6 hours of electives related to business in either the Walton College or in another college at the University of Arkansas. Elective  courses other than those listed below may be approved by the Director of the Certificate program. Some elective courses have prerequisites that are not met by courses in the certificate program. Students are advised to check prerequisites prior to enrolling in a course.

To receive the graduate Certificate in Business, students are required to take 15 hours as follows:

Course List

Required Courses (no prerequisites)
MGMT 5213Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs3
Choose one of the following classes (one course with prerequisites):
MGMT 5323New Venture Development3
MGMT 5223Business Leadership and Ethics3
MGMT 5363Innovation & Creativity3
MGMT 5313Strategic Management ( (prerequisite – instructor consent))3
Choose one of the following classes (no prerequisites):
ACCT 5223MBA Accounting Analysis3
ECON 5243Managerial Economics3
FINN 5223Financial Markets & Valuation3
MKTG 5103Introduction to Marketing3
SCMT 5633Introduction to Supply Chain Management3
ISYS 5213ERP Fundamentals3
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences
AGEC 5303Agricultural Marketing Theory3
AGEC 5143Financial Management in Agriculture3
AGEC 5413Agribusiness Strategy3
AMPD 5033Issues and Trends in Textile Studies3
AMPD 5043Theories and Practices in Apparel Merchandising3
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
COMM 5403Organizational Communication Theory3
COMM 5423Seminar in Mass Media Cognition3
JOUR 5063Issues in Advertising and Public Relations3
College of Education and Health Professions
RESM 5463Sports Facilities Management3
RESM 5843Tourism3
College of Engineering
CHEG 5033Technical Administration3
INEG 4443Project Management (Irregular),Project Management3
INEG 5623Analysis of Inventory Systems (Irregular)3
Graduate School
MEPH 5383Research Commercialization and Product Development3
MEPH 5821Ethics for Scientists and Engineers1
MEPH 5832Proposal Writing and Management2

Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems

Timothy Paul Cronan
Director
WCOB 215
479-575-6130
cronan@uark.edu

Enterprise Systems Graduate Certificate Program Website

The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems is a part-time program offered on campus, blended, and online. It is designed to provide graduate students with knowledge and experience in information systems used in modern enterprise environments. The demand for skilled professionals in information systems continues to outpace the supply of qualified applicants. Students may choose one of three concentrations for the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems: Enterprise Information Systems, Business Analytics, or Enterprise Resource Planning. The certificate program is intended to be completed part-time (ordinarily no more than six hours per semester), and is open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline.

Admission Requirements: The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems is a part-time program open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline. Students must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School of Business; the GMAT/ GRE requirement is waived for the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems degree program. (Students who have earned a GPA 3.5 or better upon completion of the certificate program and subsequently apply to the Master of Information Systems program will not be required to submit a test score). Information regarding Graduate School of Business admission requirements can be found earlier in this chapter.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems: (12 hours)

To receive the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems, students must select one of the concentrations below. Students are required to take 9 hours of coursework in the Walton College of Business and 3 hours of electives related to Enterprise Systems in either the Walton College or in another college at the University of Arkansas. Elective courses other than those listed below must be approved by the Director of the Certificate program. Some elective courses have prerequisites that are not met by courses in the Certificate program. Students are advised to check prerequisites prior to enrolling in a course.

Required Course
for all concentrations
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
or ISYS 5213 ERP Fundamentals

Enterprise Information Systems Concentration

This concentration is open to individuals with backgrounds in fields other than Information Systems (IS) and is designed to provide non-IS graduate students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to successfully transition to a career in the IS field. Students who complete this concentration will have exposure to fundamental principles of IS, techniques for management and development of IS projects, and effective management and use of relational and dimensional data. Students who successfully complete this concentration may be eligible to receive a certificate endorsed by Microsoft

Required Courses (9 hours)
ISYS 511VIT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (this course may not be used for the Master of Information Systems Degree)3
ISYS 5423Seminar in Systems Development3
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
Elective Course
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
ISYS 5103Data Analytics Fundamentals3
ERP Fundamentals (recommended)
E Business Development and Analytics
Enterprise Data
Global Technology and Analytics Seminar
Total Hours15

Business Analytics Concentration

This concentration is open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline and is designed to give business and non-business graduate student’s knowledge and experience in the management and use of enterprise data for operations and decision-making. The ability to effectively manage and analyze increasingly large and complex sets of data is highly valued among employers in all disciplines, as “business intelligence” becomes a primary source of competitive advantage in many organizations. Students who complete this concentration will have a foundation in the effective management and use of relational and dimensional data, the application of statistical decision-making theory, and the exploration and exploitation of data using advanced data mining tools and techniques. Students completing this concentration may be eligible to receive a certificate endorsed by the SAS Institute.

Required Courses (9 hours)
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
or ISYS 5213 ERP Fundamentals
ISYS 5503Decision Support and Analytics3
ISYS 5843Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management3
Elective Course
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
ISYS 5103Data Analytics Fundamentals3
IT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (this course may not be used for the Masters of Information Systems Degree)
ERP Fundamentals
E Business Development and Analytics
Seminar in Systems Development
Total Hours15

Enterprise Resource Planning Concentration

This concentration is open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline and is designed to provide business and non-business graduate students a foundation in the effective use, implementation, and customization of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. ERP systems support integrated core business processes in nearly every large organization, and knowledge of and experience with these systems are highly valued among employers in all business disciplines. Students who complete this concentration will have exposure to fundamental principles of ERP and techniques for configuration, implementation, and development of ERP systems. Students completing this concentration may be eligible to receive a certificate endorsed by SAP America and the SAP University Alliances Program.

Required Courses (9 hours)
ISYS 5213ERP Fundamentals3
ISYS 5223ERP Configuration and Implementation3
ISYS 5233Seminar in ERP Development3
Elective Course (3 hours)
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
ISYS 5103Data Analytics Fundamentals3
IT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (recommended)
Enterprise Data
Data Management Systems
Global Technology and Analytics Seminar
Total Hours15

Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship is designed to give graduate students a foundation in the core aspects of entrepreneurship they will need to start successful enterprises, to create and promote new products or service offerings in existing organizations, or to engage in social entrepreneurship. The Certificate program is open to all graduate students at the University of Arkansas, and graduate students from all majors are encouraged to participate. Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship will have explored the context, tools, and processes of entrepreneurial activity and will have learned how to apply them to commercial and non-commercial enterprises.

Admission Requirements: The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship is open to all graduate students who are in good standing with the graduate school at their campus. Students must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School of Business. Information regarding Graduate School of Business admission requirements can be found earlier in this chapter.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship: (12 hours) To receive the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, students are required to take 9 hours of coursework in the Walton College of Business and 3 hours of electives related to entrepreneurship in either the Walton College or in another college at the University of Arkansas. Elective courses other than those listed below may be approved by the Director of the Certificate program. Some elective courses have prerequisites that are not met by courses in the certificate program. Students are advised to check prerequisites prior to enrolling in a course.

Required Courses
MGMT 5213Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs * Non-Business students only3
MGMT 5323New Venture Development3
MGMT 5413New Venture Development II3
Elective Course
Select one of the following:3
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences
Financial Management in Agriculture
Agribusiness Strategy
Administration and Leadership in the Helping Professions
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
Fine Arts Gallery Internship
Graphic Design Internship
Organizational Communication Theory
Seminar in Mass Media Cognition
Issues in Advertising and Public Relations
Documentary Production I
Walton College of Business
Special Problems in Finance
Strategic Management
MBA Internship (Su)
Entrepreneurship Practicum
Innovation & Creativity
Consumer and Market Research
New Product Development and Strategy
College of Education and Health Professions
Sports Facilities Management
Administration in Athletic Training
Tourism
College of Engineering
Systems Engineering and Management
Project Management (Irregular),Project Management
Analysis of Inventory Systems (Irregular)
Graduate School
Research Commercialization and Product Development
Ethics for Scientists and Engineers
Proposal Writing and Management