In today's competitive business environment,
increasing your professional development by taking continuing education courses
can set you apart in a crowded field. Whether your goal is to keep up with new
technologies, stay on top of industry trends, develop managerial skills or
pursue a new job opportunity, enhancing your professional skills can help you
reach the next step of your career.
DePaul University’s Management Development
Center (MDC) is introducing three new graduate-level business certificate programs
for executives, business leaders, functional managers and growth-minded
employees who would like to make a career change or brush off and improve
Business certificate programs have been gaining
in popularity in recent years and for good reason. They offer graduate-level
education in manageable, convenient and cost-effective programs designed with
professionals in mind. While MBA degrees provide intensive general business
education, business certificate programs offer education that targets a single
skill or proficiency.
Gayle Landuyt, lecturer and MDC program director,
has noticed the increasing trend of business certificate courses being offered
at colleges and universities nationwide, and MDC has developed a wide range of certificate
programs at DePaul to appeal to professionals looking to continue their
“We offer programs year-round for anyone who is
looking to update their resume, enhance their skill set or, for people who want
to put their toe in the water, see if they would like to continue on to get
their MBA degree,” says Landuyt.
DePaul’s business certificate programs
generally consist of short, concentrated classes offered over the course of
several weeks. They are taught by professors and accomplished industry professionals
at DePaul’s Loop Campus in the evening—perfect for people who work during the
“These programs are an
effective way for students to enrich their skill set, promote career growth,
and network with industry experts, fellow classmates and professors,” says
Landuyt. “What’s attractive about some of the certificate programs is that they
often serve as a primer for an industry exam or an MBA program.”
DePaul offers variety of certificate programs
year round, with the addition of the following three new business-related
certificate programs in the first half of 2015:
Leadership Development Series
There is a strong demand for leadership in every
organization. No matter what your role is in your company, at some time you are
going to have to become a leader—whether it is leading a project, managing
employees, or just trying to get an answer to a pressing question. For people
interested in brushing up on their skills or who are anticipating a leadership
role in their future, the Leadership Development Series of workshops will focus
on the fundamentals of effective leadership and how to overcome any potential
challenges your organization may face.
Business Analytics Certificate Program
This certificate program is perfect seminar for
non-data people—that is, people who are interested in analytics and
implementing analytical solutions into their organization, but who do not work
in data-gathering roles. This five-week certificate program will introduce
students to the field of data analytics, teach new tools and techniques to
analyze data and present what is possible within the field of analytics.
Project managers, supply chain professionals, tech teams and others who rely on
business data will find this certificate program useful.
and Supply Chain Management Certificate Program
Logistics has been added to DePaul’s traditional
supply chain management certificate program this year. Students will gain a
better understanding of the supply side of business that goes beyond internal
operations, including the interconnection of suppliers, companies and consumers.
This 17-week course relies heavily on real-life examples that can be applied to
any work situation. It will include the latest developments in global
procurement and logistics, how to apply Six Sigma process improvement tools to
organizations, and how to use Enterprise Resource Planning systems and other
technologies to improve the supply chain process.
More certificate programs will be added
throughout the year, so be sure to check out DePaul’s Continuing and
Professional Education website for the latest
information. Keep an eye out for new management, Social Enterprise Institute
and hospitality certifications to be offered later in the year. Click here to read more
about the benefits of taking the certificate programs at DePaul University.