Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate Certificate Programs

Certificate of Graduate Study Programs

The Rohrer College of Business offers multiple Certificates of Graduate Study (COGS) for students seeking to broaden their knowledge base.

Each COGS is a valuable stand-alone credential for those seeking to refresh skills in their current roles.

These COGS programs can each serve as a micro-credential on the way toward earning a degree, allowing students to sample content prior to being formally admitted into Rowan’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) or MS Finance (MSF) programs.

The Certificates of Graduate Study are an opportunity to gain MBA or MS Finance course exposure before being formally admitted into a degree program. The COGS are also ideal for those who have not yet taken the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as GMAT scores are not a requirement for admission to the COGS program.

There are also multiple benefits to COGS students ultimately seeking to pursue the MBA or MS Finance programs:

  • All COGS credits can be transferred into the MBA degree to satisfy degree requirements; for this option, students should work with their Academic Advisor to ensure courses selected will satisfy either MBA Core or Area of Concentration requirements.
  • Students who pursue the Finance COGS and are also eligible to have all credits transferred to the MS Finance program.
  • Students who earn a 3.5 GPA in the Business COGS are eligible for a GMAT waiver for the MBA program, and students who earn a 3.5 GPA in the Finance COGS are eligible for a GMAT waiver for both the MS Finance and MBA programs.
  • Students that complete a Business or Finance COGS are eligible for a streamlined application process when pursuing the MBA or MS Finance; beyond the potential of GMAT waiver, we work with candidates so that a few steps are waived, and the timeline for an admissions decision is accelerated as well.


Preparing and interpreting financial reporting statements, mastering budgeting processes and operational planning, and insights into subsidiaries, partnerships, intercompany transactions, mergers and acquisitions are crucial for career paths including CPA, tax manager, budget analyst, auditing manager, and for moving toward VP or Chief Accounting Officer.

Business Analytics

Analyzing and interpreting numerical data and qualitative information to critically explore and investigate past business performances to gain insights and drive future decision making and planning for improved performance. Areas of focus include optimizing processes, statistical forecasting techniques, and alternative decision-making.


Impacts of external and internal influences on industries, products, and business practices and gain expertise on how to implement changes in areas ranging from operations and product design to finance,changing organizational culture, marketing, and human resources management.

Cannabis Commercialization

Exploring competitive dynamics, opportunities for innovation, and current business landscapes of the rapidly evolving and highly regulated cannabis industry by delving into concepts and constructs that are unique to the cannabis industry but also exploring business model innovations that are applicable across industries.

Data Analytics

Professionals proficient with software, data, and computational tools to explore and discover relevant insights are in high demand. Critical thinking skills and information analysis for purposes of improving organizational efficiency and solving business problems.


Entrepreneurial Mindsets are in demand. Employers, alumni, and CEOs from across industries agree that entrepreneurial approaches to outcomes – being drawn to opportunities, innovation, and value creation - are essential for success in today’s business world.


Rigorous financial coursework that combines quantitative techniques with practical experience. Ideal for those in pursuit of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) professions.

HR Management

Talent management is a critical skill set across management and leadership roles. Maximize employee potential by leveraging recruitment, selection, development, and reward systems. Drive strategic initiatives and develop organizational talent.


Gain insights, knowledge, and skills to plan, supervise, and make decisions for organizations of all types. Topics include: responsible decision-making, strategic planning, organizational interrelationships, process analysis, predictive analytics, and global leadership and organizational culture.

Management Information System (MIS)

Lead organizations to reach maximum benefits from a people-oriented service technology perspective with a focus on project management, business solutions, information utilization, technological resources, database management, and investing in personnel, equipment, and business processes in a world of rapidly changing technology.

Organizational Leadership

Leadership practice in a multinational world, influencing and empowering teams with diverse backgrounds, changing organizational culture, business ethics, and achieving high-quality results.

Sustainable Business*

Coming Soon: Impacts of “green” industries, products, and business practices and gain expertise on how to implement sustainability-oriented changes in areas ranging from operations and product design to finance, marketing, and human resources management.