Graduate School of Business

Graduate Certificates

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Take the next steps to advance your career at a pace that fits your schedule.

Our 100% online graduate certificates target professional candidates who are seeking to add value to their career, adapt to change, or increase their knowledge in a particular skill set. Offered within the context of Christian values, these 12-hour certificates are a highly flexible and affordable option for those who are not necessarily seeking to change careers or pursue a graduate degree. Programs include an emphasis in ethics, systems thinking, analytical and critical thinking skills, collaboration skills, written communication, creativity, and technical solutions. Students may complete the program in 12 months or pace through for up to 4 years.


  • 100% online delivery
  • 8-week blocks
  • Entry points year-round
  • Experienced faculty with real-world expertise
  • One-on-one academic advising and support

For schedules, please see the Semester Course Schedules on the Graduate School of Business home page.

Master of Business Administration Certificates

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

The certificate in entrepreneurship equips participants with the tools needed to build and grow a business. The curriculum includes coursework in entrepreneurial execution, venture finance, marketing tactics, family business management and exit strategy planning.

For additional information about this Harding graduate certificate, you may want to consult the Catalog.

Certificate in Healthcare Management

The certificate in healthcare management focuses on management and leadership tools needed to grow and succeed in the industry.

For additional information about this Harding graduate certificate, you may want to consult the Catalog.

Certificate in Principled Leadership

The certificate in principled leadership equips professional leaders and managers with the concepts and tools to create and foster vibrant, productive organizations and communities with personal integrity based on timeless leadership principles and classical virtue ethics.

For additional information about this Harding graduate certificate, you may want to consult the Catalog.

M.S. in Information Systems Certificates

Certificate in Data Analytics

The certificate in data analytics bridges the gap between the technical expertise of data scientists and the operational expertise of marketing, supply chain, risk, and other frontline managers.

IS 6510 – Statistical Concepts for Data Analytics

IS 6520 – Data Visualization

IS 6530 – Data Quality and Preparation for Analytics

IS 6540 – Applied Data Analytics  

For additional information about this Harding graduate certificate, you may want to consult the Catalog.

Certificate in Information Assurance and Security

The certificate in information assurance and security equips graduates to understand and communicate cybersecurity risks to internal teams and external clients, make sound strategic decisions related to investments in cybersecurity, and understand cybersecurity risk management and reporting framework.

IS 6610 – Cyber Security Fundamentals

IS 6620 – Information Security Policy and Governance

IS 6630 – Cyber Security Risk Management

IS 6640 – Computer Forensics

For additional information about this Harding graduate certificate, you may want to consult the Catalog.

Certificate in Project Management

The certificate in project management equips participants to manage information systems projects utilizing the latest agile methodologies and provides them the opportunity to be certified by the Project Management Institute.

For additional information about this Harding graduate certificate, you may want to consult the Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Harding University Graduate School of Business is participating in the Business Centralized Application Service (BusinessCAS).

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Technical Information

Application Requirements

  • Complete and submit the BusinessCAS application and applicable fees
  • Request official transcripts be sent to BusinessCAS*
    (not required of Harding University alumni OR current Harding University students.)
  • Request one letters of recommendation in BusinessCAS
  • Upload one writing sample in BusinessCAS 
  • Upload a current resume/CV in BusinessCAS
  • Request GMAT or GRE scores, as applicable. (See Admissions Requirements below.)

Additional Requirement for International Students

  • TOEFL scores, as applicable. TOEFL CODE: B888 (See additional information below.)

*Transcripts should be sent directly to:

BusinessCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9221
Watertown, MA 02471

Admission Requirements 

Admission to the Harding University Graduate School of Business is determined on an individual basis. Requirements include:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). Persons with less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered for provisional admission.

  • GMAT (target score of 500) or GRE (target score of 300)

  • WAIVERS: The GMAT/GRE entrance exam is waived for applicants with a GPA of 3.5 with less than 5 years’ professional experience or with a GPA of 3.0 with a minimum of 5 years’ professional experience. Additional waivers for the entrance exam may be possible (e.g., previous graduate work, analytical responsibilities including P&L, CPA licensure).

Provisional standing due to academic reasons

Not all candidates meet the criteria for regular admission but may demonstrate the ability to succeed in graduate level work. Students entering the Graduate School of Business with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5-2.99 or with entrance exams below the required target scores may be granted provisional admission with the condition that the student maintains a GPA of no less than 3.0 on the first 9 hours of graduate work completed. Upon satisfying this condition, the student will be granted full matriculation.

About additional documents for international students

Harding University requires all international applicants for whom English is not their first language or who have not graduated from an American university to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL results for international students should be 550 PBT, 213 CBT or 80 iBT minimum score (no older than five years) or demonstrated performance at a U.S. institution of higher learning.


When to Apply

Apply for Graduate Certificate sessions by the following dates:

Spring 2021 Block 1:  December 18, 2020

Spring 2021 Block 2: March 5, 2021

Summer 2021: May 28, 2021

Fall 2021 Block 1: August 13, 2021

Fall 2021 Block 2: October 8, 2021

Cost of Attendance

Certificate Fees:

Certificate in Principled Leadership: $599/hour

Certificate in Healthcare Management: $599/hour

Certificate in Entrepreneurship: $599/hour

Certificate in Data Analytics: $635/hour

Certificate in Information Assurance & Security: $635/hour

Certificate in Project Management: $635/hour

Other fees:

Technology fee: $27/hour

Graduation fee (Master's): $175

For more information visit the catalog

Use Certificate toward MSIS

Students who complete a certificate can apply 12 semester credit hours of "advanced standing" credit toward the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS).  

Program Pace

Students will pace themselves through the program. A student can earn their certificate in as few as two semesters. We use a Master Schedule and a student can take up to two years to complete the certificate.


The Graduate School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) which is a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.

The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn. ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels.

**Currently, only the MBA program is approved under the accreditation. As the other GSB programs are new to the College of Business, they have not yet gone through the accreditation process by ACBSP but will be forthcoming.

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Graduate School of Business is part of the College of Business.


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Graduate School of Business

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