Support Frequently Asked Questions


Q:What is an executive certificate? Q:What is an executive certificate?
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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.

 

Q:What is a professional certificate? Q:What is a professional certificate?
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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 students will find it helpful to have some familiarity with the area of study, either through professional experience or completion of a related educational program.

 

Q:What is an advanced specialized certificate? Q:What is an advanced specialized certificate?
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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 students 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

 

Q:What is a mini-course? Q:What is a mini-course?
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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 students the ability to complete the same management content in smaller segments. Upon completion of each mini-course the student can download and instantly print a certificate of completion.

Q:How long does it take to complete each course? Q:How long does it take to complete each course?
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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.

 

Q:Is there a time limit that I must complete a course within? Q:Is there a time limit that I must complete a course within?
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Yes. You have eight weeks to complete most certificate courses (two weeks for each mini-course). Students who complete all courses in an eight-week program will receive their Professional Certificate in Management, Executive Certificate in Negotiation, Executive Certificate in Leadership, Executive Certificate in Business Administration, Executive Certificate in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership or Advanced Specialized Certificate in Intercultural Management.

 

Q:What kind of materials will I receive? Q:What kind of materials will I receive?
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You will receive a set of video CD-ROMs and a study guide to complement the lecture materials. The video CDs are provided to ensure that you will be able to see the video lectures regardless of your Internet connection speed. If you have a broadband connection, please try the streaming video option first. If your connection speed is under 56K, or if you wish to view the videos offline, you may use the CD option.

 

Q:What type of interaction can I expect from this program? Q:What type of interaction can I expect from this program?
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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 classmates through virtual office hours, faculty-monitored chat rooms, message boards and email, ensuring an engaging and rewarding educational experience.

In fact, many students will find that they are actually learning, participating and enjoying themselves more in this online program than they ever did in a traditional classroom! Students in the Negotiation program participate in online negotiation exercises. In the Leadership and Management programs, students engage in a variety of self-assessments. Business Administration students analyze case studies and explore business models through practical exercises.

 

Q:Will I have assignments or exams? Q:Will I have assignments or exams?
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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!

 

Q:Why should I consider earning a professional certificate? Q:Why should I consider earning a professional certificate?
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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.

 

Q:Is there any credit given for completing a certificate? Q:Is there any credit given for completing a certificate?
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Students who complete the Professional Certificate in Management or the Executive Certificate in Leadership, Business Administration, Negotiation or Transformational Nonprofit Leadership will earn 4.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Students who complete the Advanced Specialized Certificate in Intercultural Management will receive 1.6 CEUs.

 

Q:Can I earn college credit for completing a certificate? Q:Can I earn college credit for completing a certificate?
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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.

 

Q:Which courses are recommended for college credit with ACE? Q:Which courses are recommended for college credit with ACE?
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The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended college credit for all of the Notre Dame online certificate courses: Negotiation Essentials, Advanced Negotiations, Strategies for Conflict Management, Principles of Business, Disciplines of Business, Applied Business Strategies and Advanced Intercultural Management.

The courses in the Executive Certificate for Transformational Nonprofit Leadership have not been reviewed by ACE and do not currently have ACE credit recommendation.

 

Q:What is ACE? How does ACE benefit students in Notre Dame’s online programs? Q:What is ACE? How does ACE benefit students in Notre Dame’s online programs?
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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 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 students include:

  1. ACE credit recommendations allow many students to utilize corporate tuition assistance programs to pay for these programs.
  2. ACE credit recommendations also give successful students the potential to apply college credit to a formal degree program.

 

Q:Will my school accept ACE credits? Q:Will my school accept ACE credits?
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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.

 

Q:Does Notre Dame accept these credits? Q:Does Notre Dame accept these credits?
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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.

 

Q:What should I do to obtain ACE credits for my Notre Dame online certificate course? Q:What should I do to obtain ACE credits for my Notre Dame online certificate course?
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Students wishing to earn ACE credits will be required
to do the following:

  1. Pay an additional administrative fee of $100 per course.
  2. Request, and return, a proctored exam selection form.
  3. Complete the exam and return the applicable forms. There is an additional one-time $40 fee required by ACE for registry.

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.

 

Q:How much do the certificate programs cost? Q:How much do the certificate programs cost?
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Click here for tuition and discount information.

 

Q:When does your next session begin? Q:When does your next session begin?
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Classes start on the first of each month. Because there is no lengthy application process for these professional development programs, students can usually begin the month immediately following the month they register.

 

Q:How does earning a course certificate work? Q:How does earning a course certificate work?
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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.

 

Q:Who is the University of Notre Dame? Q:Who is the University of Notre Dame?
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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.

 

Q:Are the University of Notre Dame and the Mendoza College of Business accredited? Q:Are the University of Notre Dame and the Mendoza College of Business accredited?
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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.

 

Q:Will I actually learn from the same faculty who teach at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business? Q:Will I actually learn from the same faculty who teach at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business?
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You will watch and learn from the very same professionals who teach at Notre Dame's world-renowned Mendoza College of Business as they deliver lectures and course material online – when and where it's convenient for you! Online streaming video lectures bring your PC to life and the classroom to you, offering an educational experience that no other Internet program can match!

 

Q:When do I have to register for the program? Q:When do I have to register for the program?
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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.

Call 800-441-5617 or + 1 813-612-5304 today for more information!

 

Q:Where can I find state-specific agency information to send student complaints/concerns? Q:Where can I find state-specific agency information to send student complaints/concerns?
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State agency contact information for student complaints/concerns:Click here to see a list of state agency contact information sorted by geographic location.

 

Q:What are the minimum system requirements? Q:What are the minimum system requirements?
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Click here for more information.

 

Q:I have a disability; how do I request special accommodations? Q:I have a disability; how do I request special accommodations?
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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.