An executive certificate is a comprehensive non-credit professional development series that covers today’s most in-demand business topics. Each Notre Dame multi-course certificate consists of courses that build upon one another in a step-by-step progression. These programs focus on building individuals’ strategic expertise, and enable them to develop and refine profession-specific skills that they can put into practice right away.
Professional certificates cover the in-demand foundational topics that are critical to the success of all business professionals. Aimed at helping them develop tactical expertise, a professional certificate program is made up of two eight-week courses, with each course culminating in a certificate of completion and a professional certificate at the conclusion of the second course. There are no prerequisites; however, most participants will find it helpful to have some familiarity with the area of study, either through professional experience or completion of a related educational program.
While executive certificates are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of a given discipline, an advanced specialized certificate provides a more intensive exploration of a specific topic, tool or methodology within that discipline. The advanced specialized certificate consists of a single eight-week course. There are no prerequisites to an advanced specialized certificate course; however, most participants will find it helpful to have some familiarity with core concepts and tools related to the area of study, either through professional experience or completion of a related executive certificate program. Notre Dame currently offers an Advanced Specialized Certificate in Intercultural Management.
The mini-course maximizes flexibility and minimizes the time and cost barriers for professionals seeking training. Each mini-course is made up of a portion of the content from the full eight-week courses, providing participants the ability to complete the same management content in smaller segments. Upon completion of each mini-course the participant can download and instantly print a certificate of completion.
The total estimated completion time for each certificate program is approximately 25-30 hours, including up to 12 hours of streaming video presentation plus independent exercises and mastery exams.
Yes. You have eight weeks to complete most certificate courses (two weeks for each mini-course).
For your convenience, all courses offer downloadable study guides and lectures as part of the program. In some instances, a course may require the shipping of a textbook or special course materials.
The online learning format offers an excellent way to meet, collaborate and network with professionals from across the nation and around the world. Online faculty support offers extended interaction with program faculty and participants through virtual office hours, faculty-monitored chat rooms, message boards and email, ensuring an engaging and rewarding educational experience.
In fact, many participants will find that they are actually learning, participating and enjoying themselves more in this online program than they ever did in a traditional classroom! Participants in the Negotiation program engage in online negotiation exercises. In the Leadership and Management programs, participants take part in a variety of self-assessments. Business Administration participants analyze case studies and explore business models through practical exercises.
In order to receive your certificate, you will be required to complete all assigned exercises as well as an “open book” set of questions you must answer online. Move at your own pace and review the lectures and study guide materials as many times as you want – the materials are yours, so take your time!
Earning a professional certificate sets those with the credentials apart – or above – those without it. For many, gaining new skills becomes a personal professional goal. A professional certificate from a highly respected, accredited university also adds prestige to your résumé. Furthermore, a professional certificate can be an aid to career advancement and help you earn a higher salary.
Participants who complete a Professional, Executive or Advanced Specialized Certificate program will earn 1.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for each course completed in the program.
Select Notre Dame’s online courses qualify for college credit through the American Council on Education (ACE). In addition, you may also earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) so you may be eligible for tuition assistance from your company. Contact your company’s human resources department to confirm whether their tuition assistance policy covers continuing education programs.
The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended college credit for several of Notre Dame's online certificate courses. For a complete reference of Notre Dame's ACE Credits by online course, please click here.
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many of Notre Dame’s online courses. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.
For more than 30 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website at www.acenet.edu/acecredit.
Benefits to University of Notre Dame online participants include:
ACE credits give you the ability to either transfer earned credits to an accepting university or apply them to educational or training programs. Universities accept ACE credit recommendations based on their own policies and requirements. Contact the American Council on Education (ACE) at www.acenet.edu for more information. To access a complete listing of ACE cooperating colleges and universities, click here.
These professional development programs were created with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. All programs are based on the same information and instruction found in existing degree programs, but have been repackaged as open-enrollment certificate programs. Notre Dame does not accept these credits because there are currently no existing classes in any degree curricula that precisely match these professional development programs.
Participants wishing to earn ACE credits will be required to do the following:
Note: Transcripts are $40 for the first and $15 for each additional. Transcripts will be sent directly to the university or your employer.
Please contact your program representative at 800-441-5620 for more information.
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Classes start on the first of each month. Because there is no lengthy application process for these professional development programs, participants can usually begin the month immediately following the month they register.
Once you complete a course – including all lectures, assignments and tests – you will be awarded a course certificate and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.
Founded in 1842, the University of Notre Dame has established itself as one of the premier universities in the country. Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business prepares men and women for careers in business and meaningful, productive lives in service to others and is home to more than 2,200 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate and executive studies. Notre Dame is currently ranked #19 among the best national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Mendoza College of Business is currently ranked #1 among the best undergraduate business programs by BusinessWeek.
The University of Notre Dame has received a full, 10-year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA). The Mendoza College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), which is the primary accrediting association for American schools of business.
You will watch and learn from the very same professionals who teach at Notre Dame's world-renowned Mendoza College of Business through streaming video lectures and course material online – when and where it's convenient for you!
You can register anytime and begin your chosen course(s) on the first of the month. You then have eight weeks to finish each course.
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If you have a disability that requires a special accommodation in order to participate in an online course, you must identify yourself as a person with a disability and request an accommodation from the University. Please contact an enrollment representative to initiate the identification process. Your enrollment representative will provide further details about the process for receiving special accommodations from the University.