Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are designed for professionals looking to expand their knowledge in a specific area or who want to familiarize themselves with a core graduate program curriculum. Courses can be taken in the traditional evening, on-campus format or online, and may be applied to only one certificate.



The Auditing certificate will help prepare students, who are not interested in participating in a master's degree program, for the auditing portion of the Certified Public Accountant exam or Certified Internal Auditor exam. Four courses, which may be taken in any order, are required for completion of the Auditing certificate.

Forensic Accounting

The Forensic Accounting certificate will help prepare students interested in sitting for the Certified Fraud Examiner exam. Four courses, which may be taken in any order, are required for completion of the Forensic Accounting certificate.


Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the U.S. federal income tax law as it relates to corporations, partnerships and other legal entities. Students will be able to apply federal tax laws to various corporate scenarios.

Business Administration

Accounting and Advanced Accounting

Students advancing toward Certified Public Accounting (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant status can choose from two 16 quarter-credit-hour certificates. These courses may be counted toward fulfillment of the Illinois CPA Society 150- hour rule and the Accounting concentration for degree-seeking M.B.A. or Master of Science in Accountancy students. The Advanced Accounting certificate requires admission to the M.B.A. program as a degree-seeking student.

Business Administration

This Business Administration certificate is designed for people in management roles who desire basic business skills and knowledge for career mobility and confidence. Four courses are required to earn the certificate and all four courses may be applied toward the M.B.A. degree provided the student is accepted into the M.B.A. program. Courses are offered each quarter so that students may enroll throughout the year.

Business Law

The Business Law certificate focuses on how law shapes and transforms all aspects of business. Students will engage in explorations of such present-day issues related to the role of law in the rights of employees, partnerships, corporations and their boards of directors. Students will learn to apply the tenants of case law in real property, copyright and commercial transaction issues.

Derivatives Trading

The Derivatives Trading certificate is designed to prepare students for the Registered Commodities Representative or Certified Financial Planner license and/or to manage their own portfolios. The most current credit derivative products and strategies are examined and analyzed from an earnings, capital and risk management perspective. Students explore total return swaps, credit default options, the use of futures and options contracts to hedge and reduce risk, as well as the ethical and compliance issues related to derivatives trading.

Entrepreneurship and Managing Innovation

Whether you are currently a small-business owner, thinking about starting your own business or involved in the management of a small business, the Entrepreneurship and Managing Innovation certificate will offer you the basics needed to launch and maintain a successful business.

Financial Management

Government labor projections tell us that the fastest-growing profession in the next seven years will be financial and business analysts. Will you be ready when opportunity knocks? The Financial Management certificate offers you the credentials that will be sought by many employers.

Integrated Marketing Communications

Interested in a career in marketing? Test the waters with the Integrated Marketing Communications certificate. Seasoned faculty with a wealth of experience in marketing will provide you insight only real-life experience can offer. Courses may not be offered each quarter so it is important that students meet with their program director to develop a course schedule. Courses may be taken in any order. The only enrollment requirement is evidence of a baccalaureate degree.

International Management

The globalization of business is ongoing and pervasive. Courses emphasize understanding the cultures and institutions that shape trade and investment decisions and may be taken in any order. Courses may not be offered each quarter so it is important that students meet with the program director to develop a course schedule.

Operations Management and Logistics

Line managers, manufacturing middle-management and supply chain professionals will find the Operations Management and Logistics certificate an important addition to their professional credentials.

Project Management

Intense global competition demands that new projects and business initiatives be completed as defined, on time and within budget. Managers and peer leaders will find the Project Management certificate an important addition to their professional credentials. Topics include organizational behavior, financial decision-making, group dynamics and team-building.

Sustainable Business and Leadership

The Sustainable Business and Leadership certificate provides students with an understanding of the broad impact of sustainability and strategic opportunities to make sustainability profitable, and how to integrate sustainability principles, thinking and action throughout their organizations.

Business Analytics

Business Analyst

The Business Analyst certificate provides students with an understanding of business issues and information technology solutions. A business or systems analyst is a bridge between these areas, working with both sides to propose changes to processes and systems to meet the needs of the business.

Business Analytics

Business Analytics refers to the skills, technologies, applications and practices for iterative exploration in and investigation of past business performance to gain insight and drive business planning. It focuses on developing new insights and understanding of business performance based on data and statistical methods.

Electronic Commerce

The Electronic Commerce certificate provides students with an understanding of how to make better use of the Internet in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. The certificate is not limited to what is typically considered e-commerce. It also considers use of Web 2.0 tools.

Health Information Systems Management

The Health Information Systems Management certificate program provides students with an understanding of the role of information technology in health care.

Information Systems Management

The Information Systems Management certificate program provides students with a foundation in the information technology field.

Information Security

Business and consumers increasingly rely on the Internet and Web services. Needs exist for system security professionals who can help design, configure, implement, manage, support and secure computer systems. This certificate is designed to explore the challenges and possible solutions to information systems security.

Integrated Marketing Communications

Integrated marketing communications is a customercentric, data-driven approach to planning and communicating with consumers. IMC is the management of all organizational communications to build positive relationships with customers and other stakeholders, stressing marketing to the individual by understanding their needs, motivations, attitudes and behaviors. IMC emphasizes Internet-based marketing communication tools along with traditional communication tools used by marketing professionals.

Project Management

Managers and those in coordination and peer leadership roles will find the Project Management certificate an important addition to their professional credentials. Project management deals with how to initiate, plan, budget, control and close projects on schedule and within financial constraints. Topics in organizational behavior, financial decision-making, group dynamics and team-building complete the certificate.

Internet Marketing

The Internet Marketing certificate is expertly designed by industry leaders to adapt as quickly as the web changes. The classes are continually updated as new digital media strategies and tools emerge. And when old tactics become outdated, they are phased out. The result: A real-time curriculum that powers your Internet marketing career right now.

Management and Organizational Behavior

The certificate programs at Benedictine University are an excellent way to get started on a degree or gain an extra edge in a profession. Designed to meet the growing need for effective, cutting-edge management skills, our programs are continuously updated to reflect current job market needs. Some students choose the certificate programs as a shorter, more focused alternative to a graduate degree program. They may apply up to 16 certificate credits to a degree program at a later date. Others, who may already have an advanced degree, enter a program to update their skills or embark on a new area of specialization. A course may be applied to one certificate only. All students beginning a certificate program must schedule an advising appointment with the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior program director.

Service Management

As the nation has moved from the industrial age to an environment of service providers, a need has developed for a greater understanding of how these service-based companies best operate.

Human Resource Management

This certificate is appropriate for students or working professionals in the personnel field. One course is highly recommended and four are elected from the current selection of weekend courses in the area of personnel professionalism.

Management in a Professional Technical Environment

This certificate is designed to address the needs of line and staff managers in complex technical environments. The emphasis is on the integration of technical and organizational behavior knowledge toward the development of high performance work units.

Organization Development and Consulting

This certificate is designed to meet the needs of students and professionals interested in organization development. Both entry-level and advanced courses are available.

Professional Practice Management

This certificate is designed to develop and enhance the management skills of independent practitioners.

Health Administration

This certificate is designed for both current health administrators who want to increase their career mobility and functional specialists desiring career advancement in health administration.

Training and Development

This certificate is designed to help line managers, organization development professionals and human resource students and practitioners develop and enhance skills in the design and delivery of training and instructional programs. The emphasis is on the role of training as an integral component of an overall organizational improvement strategy.

For inquiries about the admissions process or to have information on any of these programs sent to you, please contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.

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Elizabeth Ritt, Ed.D., M.S.N., RN, NEA-BC, CNE
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