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

Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems

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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 four concentrations for the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems: Blockchain Enterprise Systems, Business Analytics, Cybersecurity and Data, 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.

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 four tracks for the Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems: Blockchain Enterprise Systems, Business Analytics, Cybersecurity and Data, 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 part-time Master of Information Systems program (Professional M.I.S.) 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 tracks 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
Choose at least one of the following depending on the track chosen:
Data and Cybersecurity
Blockchain Fundamentals
Data Analytics Fundamentals
ERP Fundamentals

Blockchain Enterprise Systems Track

This track is open to individuals with backgrounds in fields other than Information Systems and is designed to provide non-IS graduate students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to successfully transition to a career in the Information Systems field. Students who complete this track will have exposure to fundamental principles of blockchain, enterprise information systems, and techniques for management and development of blockchain  projects.

Required Courses (9 hours)
ISYS 5173Blockchain Fundamentals3
ISYS 5133Blockchain and E Business Development3
ISYS 5453Blockchain and Enterprise Data3
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
Data Analytics Fundamentals (recommended)
ERP Fundamentals
Enterprise Transaction Systems
Data Management Systems
Total Hours12

Cybersecurity and Data Track

This track is open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline and is designed to provide business and non-business graduate students a foundation to help organizations assess and detect threats while securing and protecting data and data-driven systems against a myriad of threats such as malicious software, hacking, insider threats, and other cybercrimes.

Required Courses:
ISYS 5013Data and Cybersecurity3
ISYS 5023Data and System Security3
ISYS 5043Cybersecurity, Crime, and Data Privacy Law I3
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
Advanced Data and Cybersecurity Management
Cybersecurity, Crime and Privacy Law II
IT Toolkit & Skills Seminar
Data Analytics Fundamentals
Blockchain Fundamentals
ERP Fundamentals
Total Hours12

Business Analytics Track

This track 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 track 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 track may be eligible to receive a certificate endorsed by the SAS Institute.

Required Courses (9 hours)
ISYS 5103Data Analytics Fundamentals 3
ISYS 5503Decision Support and Analytics 3
ISYS 5833Data Management Systems3
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
IT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (this course may not be used for the Master of Information Systems degree)
Blockchain and E Business Development
ERP Fundamentals
Seminar in Systems Development
Seminar in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management
Total Hours12

Enterprise Resource Planning Track

This track 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 track will have exposure to fundamental principles of ERP and techniques for configuration, implementation, and development of ERP systems. Students completing this track 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
Students should choose 3 hours of coursework from among the following:3
IT Toolkit & Skills Seminar (recommended)
Data Analytics Fundamentals
Blockchain Fundamentals
Blockchain and Enterprise Data
Data Management Systems
Total Hours12

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 individuals with backgrounds in any discipline. 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.

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. 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 is open to individuals with backgrounds in any discipline. Students must apply and be admitted to the Graduate School of Business. Refer to the Graduate School of Business admission requirements.

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.

*Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship while completing a master's degree or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering are required to choose an elective from Electrical Engineering.  Likewise, students completing a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering must choose an elective from those listed under Public Health or another relevant course with Biomedical Engineering Program Advisory Committee approval.

Required Courses 9
For business students:
Strategic Management
New Venture Development
New Venture Development II
For non-business students:
Business Foundations for Entrepreneurs
New Venture Development
New Venture Development II
Elective Course *3
Select one of the following:
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences
Financial Management in Agriculture
Agribusiness Strategy
J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences
Fine Arts Gallery Internship
Organizational Communication Theory
Multiculturalism in Advertising and Public Relations
Documentary Production I
Walton College of Business
MBA Internship
Innovation & Creativity
Consumer and Market Research
New Product Development and Strategy
Entrepreneurship Practicum
Sustainability in Business
Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainability
College of Education and Health Professions
Administration in Athletic Training
Evaluation of Public Health Programs
Theories of Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
Public Health: Practices and Planning
Sports Facilities Management
College of Engineering
Systems Engineering and Management
Analysis of Inventory Systems
Any 5000 level Electrical Engineering 3 credit course
Graduate School and International Education
Research Commercialization and Product Development
Total Hours12