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2017-2019 Graduate Catalog
Oakland University
  Feb 18, 2018
2017-2019 Graduate Catalog

Post-Master's Graduate Certificate in General Management

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Graduate Business Programs
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Program coordinator:
Paul Trumbull
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(248) 370-3287

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A post-master’s graduate certificate
for students with a graduate degree in a non-business field


Program description

The Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate in General Management program is a 15-credit course of study designed for individuals with a graduate degree in a non-business field who seek core business knowledge. The program emphasizes coursework that covers the major disciplines within the field of business. Upon completion, students will have general knowledge of common business practices and corporate procedures.

Completing the prescribed course of study leads to a graduate certificate granted by the university. Coursework completed within this program can be transferred to a graduate business degree program if the student wishes to continue. This transfer must be completed before the graduate certificate is issued.

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

  • February 15 (early), April 15 (regular) and July 15 (late) for fall semester
  • October 1 (early) and November 15 (regular) for winter semester
  • March 1 (regular) for summer semester

       International applicants  

  • May 1 for fall (September) admission
  • September 1 for winter (January) admission
  • January 1 for summer (May) admission

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  2. Additional department application requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
  • College course in calculus and statistics
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in graduate degree

Admission review and assessment

In making admission recommendations to the post-master’s graduate certificate program, the department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their graduate records, their responses to questions on the Supplemental Program Form, their experience, and their recommendation forms.

Certificate prerequisites

The post-master’s graduate certificate program requires the following of all admitted students:

  • Personal Computer (PC) skills: students will be required to have proficiency in the use of word processors, spreadsheets, graphics, database management systems, and the Internet. If a student is deficient in these skills, the student will be required to take a college course, workshop, or continuing education course in PC skills as a prerequisite to the program.

Certificate requirements

Course requirements

Five courses (15 credits) are required from the following list of courses. (All course prerequisites will apply.) 

Satisfactory academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing

All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.

Department requirements: To qualify for the graduate certificate, the student must complete the designated set of courses with a grade of 3.0 or above in each course.

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

Related program information

Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.



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