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Micro-credentials are cost-effective, mini-qualifications designed to provide you with knowledge, skills, and abilities in a specific area of business. Intended for working professionals, courses are offered in the evening, on weekends, or in a blended format and a micro-credential can be completed in as little as two semesters. There is flexibility to start a micro-credential any semester of the year and you can take up to three years to complete a micro-credential.

Upon successful completion of a micro-credential, students receive a certificate from the Katz Graduate School of Business. Micro-credentials offer immediate value to current employers and demonstrate mastery of in-demand business skills to potential future employers. If you are considering an MBA, but are not ready to commit, micro-credentials are a great place to start.

Micro-credential Programs


Course Credits
Financial Accounting 3
Managerial Accounting 1.5
Choose 4.5 of the following 7.5 credits:  
Strategic Cost Analysis 1.5
Intermediate Financial Reporting and Analysis 1.5
Taxes and Management Decisions 1.5
Business Law 3

Corporate Finance

Course Credits
Financial Management I 1.5
Financial Management II 1.5
Corporate Finance 3
Choose 3 of the following 6 credits:  
Short-Term Financing 1.5
Valuation I 1.5
Valuation II 1.5
Creating Value through Restructuring 1.5

Data Programming for Business Insights

Course Credits
Database Management Systems 3
Programming Essentials (Python) 3
Programming with R 3

Digital Innovation

Course Credits
Technology-Enabled Business Transformation 3
Business Platforms 3
Technology Innovation, Adoption, and Diffusion 3

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Course Credits
Entrepreneurship and New Venture Innovation 3
Commercializing New Technologies 3
Choose 3 of the following 6 credits:  
Social Entrepreneurship 1.5
Competitive Intelligence 1.5
Strategic Management 1.5
Organizational Behavior 1.5
Negotiations, Teamwork, and Change 1.5
Consulting Field Project 3

Leading People in Organizations

Course Credits
Organizational Behavior  1.5
Strategic Management  1.5
Choose 2 of the following 3 credits:  
Human Resources for Competitive Advantage  1.5
Interpersonal Skills for Managers  1.5
Strategic Communication  1.5
Negotiations, Teamwork and Change  1.5
Conflict Resolution  1.5
Leading Organizations to Innovate Smarter  1.5
Strategic Leadership  1.5

Pathway to the Professional MBA

Non-degree-status students who achieve a 3.25 or higher in the 9 credit hours of the Corporate Finance or Accounting micro-credential programs may apply to the Professional MBA without being required to take the GMAT or GRE.

For micro-credential programs in 1) Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2) Digital Innovation, 3) Data Programming for Business Insights, and 4) Leading People in Organizations in addition to a 3.25 or higher in the 9 credit hours required for the micro-credential, students must complete an additional 3.0 credit hours with a grade of B or better in any of the following:

  • Economic Analysis for Managerial Decisions: Firms and Markets
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Management 1 & 2
  • Statistical Analysis: Uncertainty, Prediction, and Quality Improvement

Waiver of the GMAT does not imply a guarantee of admission. At the discretion of the admissions committee, applicants who earned an undergraduate degree in an area with little or no quantitative coursework may still be required to take the GMAT or GRE.

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Bachelor's degree with a 3.0 cumulative GPA from an accredited U.S. university or the non-U.S. equivalent.

Application Components

  • Application and $50 application fee
  • Academic transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Essay
  • TOEFL/IELTS (international applicants)

Application Deadlines

Term Deadline
Spring (January start) December 1
Summer (May start) April 1
Fall (August start) August 1

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Tuition and Fees


Residency Tuition per Credit
PA Resident $1,347
Non-PA Resident $2,084


Fee Fees per Term
Student Activity $12
Wellness $65
Computing and Network $100
Security and Transportation $90
Total Mandatory Fees per Term $267

Note: Students registering for 9 to 15 credits are automatically charged the full-time, two-year tuition and fees during the fall and spring terms. Students are charged per credit regardless of the number of credits taken during the summer term.

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