Post Graduate Degree Certificates

Post Graduate Degree Certificates

The Dolan School's Certificate programs for Advanced Study (C.A.S.) provide opportunities for qualified professionals to enhance their competency and update their skills in the specialized areas of:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Taxation

The 15-credit program is designed to provide a complete integration between the theory and practice of contemporary business. The C.A.S. programs are suitable for working professionals who have already earned a graduate degree, but whose responsibilities are currently or are expected to be in a particular specialty and desire greater depth of academic preparation in that subject area, or for individuals outside of the area who desire to understand multifunctional thinking in order to compete effectively in the marketplace.

Program Requirements

The program requires completion of the subject area's required course plus four additional elective courses, for a total of 15 credits in the area of specialization. All programs of study are planned with the help of the director of graduate programs and consider the interests and goals of the participant.

Candidates for the certificate are to complete all requirements within three years of beginning their course work. They are expected to make some annual progress toward the certificate in order to remain in good standing. A candidate who elects to take a leave of absence must notify the dean in writing.

Grades and academic average computation are identical to those of the MBA and M.S. programs. Certificates are awarded to candidates who complete their programs with at least a 3.00 overall grade point average.

Course Offerings


Required Concentration Course

Research on Contemporary Issues in Accounting OR Issues in Regulatory Reporting Environment 

Elective Concentration Courses

Accounting Information for Decision-Making

International Accounting
Accounting for Governments, Hospitals and Universities
Accounting Information Systems and Technology
Audit Issues in a Global Environment
Issues in Accounting Ethics
Issues in Internal Audit
Financial Statement Analysis
Forensic Accounting

Independent Study in Accounting

*Accounting CAS requires undergraduate majore, or its equivalent, in Accounting.



Required Concentration Courses

Corporate Finance 
Investment Analysis

Elective Concentration Courses

Shareholder Value

Capital Budgeting 
Financial Risk Management 
Portfolio Management 
International Financial Management 
Global Financial Markets and Institutions 
Derivative Securities  
Fixed Income Securities 
Seminar: Contemporary Topics in Finance


Required Concentration Course

Managing People for Competitve Advantage

Elective Concentration Courses


Human Resource Strategies
Organizational Culture 
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution 
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation 
Management Communication, Power, and Influence 
Diversity in the Workplace 
Cross-Cultural Management 
International Business Law and Regulation 
Seminar: Contemporary Topics in Management and Human Resources



Required Concentration Courses

Customer Behavior 
Market Research

Elective Concentration Courses

Customer Value

Building Brand Equity 
Advertising Management 
Global Marketing 
Business-to-Business Marketing in the Internet Economy 
Digital Marketing 
Seminar: Contemporary Topics in Marketing

Multivariate Data Analysis for Decision Making

Experimental Research


Required Concentration Courses

Tax Planning

Elective Concentration Courses

Tax Research 
Tax Accounting 
Taxation of Property Transactions 
Entity Taxation I 
Advanced Topics in Entity Taxation
Estate and Gift Taxation 
Partnership Taxation
State and Local Taxation 
Tax Practice and Procedure
Contemporary Topics on Taxation

*Tax CAS requires undergraduate major, or its equivalent, in Accounting. In addition, must have completed at least one graduate-level taxation course. 

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