Graduate Certificates

Education that fits your life

If you’ve been considering a master’s degree but aren’t ready to commit to a specific area of study, you should consider one of Missouri S&T’s graduate certificate programs. Whether you want to enhance your professional expertise or change careers, our programs are designed to help working professionals get their goals within reach. Each of our certificate programs is made up of four graduate-level courses focused on a specific concentration within a field of study.
For students enrolled in a Missouri S&T graduate degree program, graduate certificates also allow you to declare an area of emphasis, thus giving your degree a documented focus.
Our department offers a number of popular and highly-ranked graduate certificates, led by the No. 2 big data certificate in the country. Graduate certificates give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge in a particular discipline and stay competitive in today’s marketplace. Each certificate program consists of four courses. Click here to watch a short video about our graduate certificate programs.
Please click on a certificate to see a description and requirements or contact us for more information.

 Artificial Intelligence is a disruptive technology in the business realm with transformational impact. From detecting malware and preventing money laundering to automating insurance claims and optimizing inventory and improving product recommendations and more, AI will continue to necessitate changes in core business processes and models. Within the past few years, machine learning, while not fully tapped in the business sphere, has become more effective and widely utilized. Tomorrow's leaders and managers will need to integrate machine learning where appropriate, incorporating its capabilities with those of humans. The design and implementation of new combinations of technologies with human skills to meet customers' needs will require critical thinking skills, creativity, and project planning.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

 Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

Big data is an emerging phenomenon. Computing systems today are generating 15 petabytes of new information every day—eight times more than the combined information in all the libraries in the U.S.; about 80% of the data generated every day is textual and unstructured data. Data analytics facilitates realization of objectives by identifying trends, creating predictive models for forecasting, and optimizing business processes for enhanced performance.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

 Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose one):

Elective courses (choose one):

Interest in business intelligence has been a recent strong theme among employers. Medium and large-sized businesses are especially interested.  In order to make appropriate decisions, upper-level administration of an organization needs to draw data together from different systems in order to get a unified picture of the status and performance of an organization and present it in helpful ways. This graduate certificate focuses on the technologies that allow an organization to make effective business decisions based on operational data pulled together from many different sources inside and organization. The target audience consists of any individual who would manage any type of IT professionals, database administrators, business analysts, and any person who would need to understand the technologies and their capabilities.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

This certificate aims to equip students with a set of tools that will allow them to achieve Project Management Institute (PMI) standards in the project management area to successfully manage resources and to analyze, evaluate and improve complex projects. Specifically, the ability to:

  • Identify operations problems and implement solutions for improved strategic competitiveness
  • Make sound decisions, plan, and control the key resources of an organization - money and people
  • Critically analyze, evaluate, improve, or adapt existing technical and/or managerial systems
  • Organize and manage complex projects

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete the following four courses:

The unique skills of cybersecurity professionals are in short supply and are vital to the security of businesses today and in the future. Cybersecurity is a focus of a broad range of disciplines, particularly, business and information technology. The vast majority of cybersecurity job openings are within the private sector and exist across all industries. Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing employment segments in IT. As technology grows and progresses, with our devices and lives becoming more and more interconnected, the challenges of cybersecurity and information assurance will continue to grow. This presents a career to those with the necessary skills that will be exciting, rewarding, fast-paced, and highly sought after.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

Digital media is growing as consumers change the way they access information.  In pursuing this certificate, students will acquire the skills and knowledge to create, design and analyze digital media.  The focus will be on the media itself, the social/digital network that connects these media, the interfaces that connect these media with users, and the application of these skills in business and other creative contexts.  Thus this certificate program will address the pressing demand and opportunities for graduates with advanced knowledge and skills in areas such as networked communication and marketing, web-based media creation and design, and methods for designing and building effective human-media interfaces.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core course:

Elective courses (choose two):

Elective courses (choose one):

Success in today’s marketplace requires that organizations deliver products and services that provide easily identified value for their customers. This certificate draws on strengths within two departments to integrate source (strategic procurement and supply management), production (manufacturing and service operations), and delivery processes (demand fulfillment), with a focus on the use of information technologies as the critical enabler of supply chain efficiencies and responsiveness.

The certificate is designed to give students the tools and ideas that help shape and define the various components of value creation. Students can gain knowledge and skills in the full spectrum of supply chain activities: supplier relationships, purchasing management, operations and inventory management, logistics and transportation, quality management, and information technology.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core courses:

Core courses (choose one):

Elective courses (choose one):

 Social commerce is just one sub-set of e-commerce, however it is growing rapidly.  The department of business and information technology (BIT) has leveraged its’ strengths in both business and technology for this program, which is designed to create successful students by developing skills in technological business practices that will provide opportunities for succeeding in today’s fast paced world.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core course:

Core courses (choose one):

Elective courses (choose two):

Corporations worldwide have focused on improving business processes for the past two decades. In fact, while most Fortune 500 companies have already adopted enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, now many midsize companies are also planning ERP implementations. ERP systems incorporate state-of-the-art technology, providing a comprehensive teaching tool for business and for information systems. ERP can be viewed as a combination of business management practice and technology, where information technology integrates with a company’s core business processes to enable the achievement of specific business objectives. Universities that have successfully incorporated an ERP system into their curricula find unprecedented student demand for those subjects. This certificate prepares students for positions as both technical and business consultants in the ERP field.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

Change and growth in Missouri and America require the training, nourishing, and flourishing of entrepreneurs. Many college students, however, do not yet recognize the entrepreneurial spirit in themselves. Recent entrepreneurship research indicates that many of the skills and much of the knowledge of successful entrepreneurs can be developed and taught in the classroom. The department of business and information technology has created this certificate to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in the students of Missouri S&T, and provide them with a solid foundation on which to build.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

This certificate provides in-depth exposure to finance, including managerial and corporate finance, as well as investments and financial statement analysis and modeling. Skills will be enhanced in financial theory, financial markets, and decision-making in investments, with career options as budget analysts/financial analysts, risk management specialists, capital advisors, and investment underwriters, among others.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core course:

Elective courses (choose three):

This certificate deals with the aim of making financial systems more efficient. It exists at the intersection of information systems and finance. FinTech is a range of disruptive technological approaches within the money, market, marketplace, and financial infrastructure spheres. From cryptocurrencies and blockchain to enterprise software and asset management via robo-advisors, financial service functions are increasingly based on growing and innovative technology.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose one)

Elective courses (choose one)

There is a growing demand within industry for workers with expertise in human-computer interaction (HCI), who generally hold titles such as interface designer; usability researcher analyst; usability engineer; user experience specialist; or information architect. HCI specialists bridge the gap in organizations between groups who build the technologies and groups who use the technologies.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose one):

Managing the development of large software systems is significantly different from managing construction or research projects. However, some of the tools developed for traditional project management continue to have value and can be adapted to development of software.

This certificate aims to equip students with a set of tools that will allow them to achieve Project Management Institute (PMI) standards in the project management area to successfully manage resources, and to analyze, evaluate and improve complex projects.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete the following four courses:

This certificate is designed to prepare students to be the leaders of the future, by enabling them to manage through the use of technology. Understanding technology is becoming ever more critical in business as a tool used by efficient and effective managers. These leaders not only understand the managerial process and how to inspire others, but also know how to harness technology to expedite the process. The certificate incorporates management theories, technological savvy, and leadership skills to create a student who is ready for the challenges of a fast paced managerial position.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core course:

Elective courses (choose three):

Interest in the use of mobile technology among organizations has seen a strong, upward trend over the past few years. The proliferation of smart phone and tablet devices has presented organizations with new challenges creating and developing a coherent strategy associated with this new innovation. In order to create this strategy, organizations will need an understanding of the mobile industry in general and specific technologies supporting the trend. People capable of creating and maintaining mobile technology strategies are needed. This certificate is designed to cover the mobile industry as well as the technologies, devices, operating systems, user interface design, and tools of mobile applications. The focus will be on the mobile industry and technologies that allow an organization to make decisions in this dynamic domain.

A student admitted to this graduate certificate must complete four courses:

Required core courses:

Elective courses (choose two):

Admissions Assistance

Our graduate certificates are open to anyone holding a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines. You must have the required prerequisites or equivalent experience for each course taken (when required).

You may apply to be admitted only to a graduate certificate program.  If admitted, you will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses completed. You may also apply to a graduate certificate program if you are already enrolled in a Missouri S&T graduate degree program.

You must maintain an average cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses in order to receive your graduate certificate.

There is overlap between the course offerings for the different graduate certificates. No course can be used to satisfy the requirements for more than one certificate.

Click the links below to browse the certificate programs in the official university course catalog.

Graduate certificate programs may also be used as a pathway to the master of business administration or the master of science in information science and technology degree programs. Course credit earned in the certificate can be counted toward a master's degree. A student needs to earn a B or better in each certificate course to continue on for their master's degree without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores. Please keep in mind that starting with a certificate does not waive any prerequisite requirements.

Students should apply to continue with their master’s program during the last semester of their graduate certificate program.