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Executive Master Certificate in Management and Business

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Gain critical knowledge to lead successful projects with WSI’s Master Certificate in Management and Business program.   Get grounded in the essential elements of high-level business.  In today’s business climate, you need the variety of skills that lead to outstanding performance in every aspect of your job.  Apply what you’ve learned immediately on the job!

Our “Mini-MBA” program provides students with an understanding of the most important functions of business and management, and builds a foundation for making sound business judgments and decisions. It is designed to provide you with a basic introduction to business and management practices.

Earning a Master Certificate in Management and Business demonstrates your commitment to your profession and proves to corporate leaders that you’ve become an expert in your field. This program is geared to people who want to sharpen their skills and freshen their resumes.

This is an individualized program.  Students will cover many of the topics covered by a typical MBA program.

Who Should Attend? 

Senior managers, corporate executives, project team members, project managers, IT project managers, project coordinators, project analysts, project leaders, senior project managers, team leaders, product managers, program managers, project sponsors, stakeholders, and others who want to master management and business. WSI’s Executive Master Certificate in Management and Business is designed for managers and other professionals who want to improve their performance and prepare for advanced business and educational opportunities.

Certificate Details

Credit:  15 Credits

Tuition- $2800 USD

This program insludes 8 courses. All books and other materials are included.


This is an intensive online (web-based) and seminar-based program that requires a 1 year commitment.  Students are assigned to a knowledgeable faculty advisor that will work with them throughout their educational experience.  Students can start as soon as their application has been approved, and tuition is paid.  Access instructions will be provided at that time.  You need to set aside approximately 10-14 hours each week to successfully complete this program.  

This program requires a commitment to study weekly throughout the program.  It takes a minimum of 30 weeks to complete the entire program.  Students are given a maximum of 52 weeks to complete the program.   Please refer to the WSI Institute’s Policies and procedures for course and program extensions. 


Students will take the following core business courses. Topics covered include Mathematics for Management, Quantitative Methods, Finance, IT Concepts, Leadership, Management (including Personnel, Program, Project, and Portfolio), and many others. 

BUSN450 Mathematics for Management - 1.5 CR

Mathematics is used to solve a wide range of practical business problems. This online course is designed to level the playing field among incoming MBA students, regardless of prior professional or academic background. Mathematics for Management reviews the key mathematics concepts students should be familiar with in order to solve quantitative problems in the MBA curriculum. The complete course includes the following sections: Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, Probability, and Finance. Each section is also available separately. The course engages students by using the storyline of several families operating small businesses in a fictional suburb of Las Vegas. Narrated animations, videos, and over 150 "do-it-yourself" exercises help students grasp difficult concepts quickly. At the end of each topic, students work through self-correcting exercises to check their mastery of the topic. Many exercises also include Excel 2007 functionality, in combination with interactive features, to further enhance understanding of essential mathematics concepts.  Subjects covered include Mathematics, Business Mathematics, Microsoft Excel, Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, Probability, and Finance.

BUSN510 Spreadsheet Modeling - 2.5 CR

The Spreadsheet Modeling course teaches students how to use Microsoft Excel 2007/2010 as both a reporting tool and a modeling tool for solving business problems. It is appropriate for both beginning and experienced users of Microsoft Excel. The course begins with an in-depth tour of the Excel environment and includes many helpful shortcuts and tips for mastering the functions in Excel. Students apply this knowledge to creating spreadsheet models, powerful tools for analyzing data and making business decisions. The course is set in a fictional bakery specializing in French pastries. Students use the features of Microsoft Excel to study product costs, determine pricing, and track payroll. They build spreadsheet models to help make informed business decisions. The course closes with the Monte Carlo simulation, a tool for understanding the effect of uncertainty on business decisions. Course topics are presented in a highly interactive format with narrated animations and self-correcting exercises designed to engage students in the learning process and help them understand complex concepts quickly. Microsoft Excel worksheets are included to assist students as they work towards mastering the subject matter.

BUSN455 Quantitative Methods - 2.5 CR

Quantitative Methods is an introduction to using statistical methods to solve business problems. The course teaches statistics from the management perspective and places special emphasis on developing the skills and instincts needed to make good decisions and become a more effective manager. The course is set in Hawaii at a fictional resort hotel. Students act as consultants hired to develop statistical models to aid the management team in making decisions for running the hotel. Students use sampling and estimation techniques to determine guest satisfaction levels and they analyze the risks and returns in investing in a new business venture for the hotel. Course topics are presented in a highly interactive format with narrated animations and self-correcting exercises. Microsoft Excel worksheets are included to assist students as they work towards mastering the subject matter.

ACCT530 Financial Accounting - 3.5 CR

The Financial Accounting course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of financial accounting in a management context. The course describes the business activities for Global Grocer, a small retail franchise specializing in gourmet foods and specialty kitchen implements from all over the world. In the course, students follow the story of Global Grocer from its inception through the first year of operation. The course teaches students how accounting systems are used to record the day-to-day economic activities of a business and places special emphasis on understanding accounting terminology. Students learn fundamental accounting concepts and then apply those concepts in a detailed examination of the financial statements used to describe the business. Throughout the course, students are presented with real-world challenges that require them to interpret the financial data to find answers.

BUSN535 Fundamentals of Finance - 1 CR

The Finance Course provides a fundamental understanding of the principles, analytical tools, and knowledge needed to make good investment and financing decisions. The course introduces students to finance ratios, forecasting methods, capital structure theory, and risk-return analysis and then asks them to apply these concepts in several different approaches to valuing a business. In the course, students consider purchasing a small family-owned business in northern California. Students work through a series of exercises to determine the value of the investment, analyze current financial conditions, and forecast the firm's likely performance based on different variables. Course topics are presented in an engaging format using narrated animations and videos. Self-correcting practice exercises and Microsoft Excel worksheets are included to reinforce the concepts.

CISM450 Information Technology Concepts - 1.5 CR

The course introduces the basic elements of IT, starting with hardware and moving to software, networking, and the Internet. Examines how companies determine their IT needs and implement their plans. Also looks at the impact of IT through specific enterprise applications. The text is studded with linked vocabulary terms to help users master the language of IT.

BUSN499 Introduction to Case Analysis - 0.5 CR

The Introduction to Case Analysis course was developed for students to enhance their learning with cases. It is a concise, comprehensive introduction to concepts and processes required for analyzing/interpreting business case studies. The course introduces students to the case method of learning including: main steps, sorts of information, and output recommendations. It also demonstrates how to apply an analysis framework to an in-depth case example demonstrating necessary connections formed during analysis.

MGMT501 Fundamentals of Management - 2 CR

This course will introduce students to broad business issues.  The coursework prepares the graduate for positions that utilize fundamental business processes.