Business Ventures Leadership Certificate
Available fall 2020
This 12-credit hour certificate offers students a concentrated graduate-level program of study in business. You will learn to navigate a rapidly changing business environment with the essential business tools, frameworks, and technology required for successful business ventures.
This can be a standalone program or be applied to a Master of Business Administration or Master in Integrative Leadership degree. MBA admission requirements apply to the Business Ventures Leadership Certificate.
This certificate includes four courses, all offered online via synchronous classes. Those students who prefer a traditional, seated classroom experience have the option to attend classes at our Springfield campus, where they will engage with both seated and synchronous members of their cohort and Drury’s outstanding faculty.
This course is designed to equip students entering the MBA program with the essential tools required to succeed in both the program itself and in today’s turbulent business environment. A key component of this course is developmental in nature. Students enrolled in this class will receive basic instruction in communication technology platforms (e.g., Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Slack, Zoom), will identify the goals they hope to achieve in their MBA education, and will participate in leadership assessment and development exercises.
This class will include advanced instruction in software tools and platforms used heavily in business today (e.g., Office Productivity, Communications, Slack, Zoom, etc.); however, its primary focus will be on how to better understand and deploy technology in today’s business environment, which is continuously disrupted with radically new technologies. Topics will include, but are not limited to the following: operating systems and networks, hardware and software management, mobile device management, information security, AI / AR management; best practices for working remotely.
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of economics and the application of these principles to decision making. Students will gain insight into the use of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics to understand business / market opportunities. In this manner, a second goal of this course is to build foundational understanding of the “right” questions to ask when assessing resources and capabilities as well as analyzing industries and competitive landscape.
This course is designed to develop students’ understanding of the cultures, political systems and economies of the leading and emerging countries of the world. By the completion of this course, students should be able to identify key elements in a business model, seeing connections and contradictions in an effort to understand and adapt to differences in cultures and economic systems.