For-Credit Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management


Strategic Management Graduate Certificate

Plan, Create and Execute Successful Strategies

Advanced technology, the speed of communication and pace of change are transforming the way organizations do business. Managers need advanced skills to develop and execute organizational strategies that maximize performance in today’s competitive landscape. MSU’s Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management provides you with proven tools and frameworks to make sound business decisions that drive results today and maximize profitability well into the future. Enhance your strategic acumen through this for-credit graduate certificate consisting of only five courses (9 credits). All five courses are included in MSU’s Master of Science in Management, Strategy and Leadership, so the credits you earn may be applied toward a master’s degree if you decide to purse one in the future.

Strategic leaders have the ability to influence the professionals around them through a shared vision to achieve common organizational objectives. Organizations are looking for those professionals who can create and execute strategies to improve efficiency, effectiveness and productivity to successfully sustain their competitive advantage. This curriculum was designed by some of the top researchers in management. What this means for you as a student, is that much of what you learn in the interactive classroom is based on timely and relevant research findings, not the latest fad in management. In fact, the Broad College Management Department faculty has been recognized for more than six years as the most productive researchers in top management journals.

Graduate Certificates Designed for You Now Exclusively Online


This graduate certificate, offered exclusively online, was designed specifically for self-directed professionals like you looking to gain the skills needed for an organizational leadership role. This credential leverages the convenience of anytime, anywhere interactive, video-based e-learning, opening doors to career advancement opportunities while fitting into the constraints of your busy schedule. Breaking the mold of traditional online graduate courses, 5 week courses allow you to gain more skills and knowledge within an accelerated schedule. The length of time it takes to complete the graduate certificate is dependent on course availability.

What You’ll Learn


  • Best practices for utilizing resources, creating a competitive advantage and improving your strategic position in the market
  • Techniques for strategic decision making and long-term planning
  • How to analyze industry life cycles and evaluate the market landscape
  • The characteristics of and differences between business unit and corporate strategy
  • Types of change and different processes to manage and measure it successfully
  • The key industry drivers, global strategy levers and organizational factors that drive success in the global marketplace
  • How to create readiness and a vision for change in your organization

Who Should Enroll?


The For-Credit Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management is designed for professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree and have at least one year of full-time work experience. Ideal candidates will have earned a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA.

This program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals from a variety of industries looking to enhance their strategic leadership and management competencies to drive organizational success. Those who might be interested in the graduate certificate include aspiring and current managers, directors, consultants and organizational leaders across position levels.