Three PSM students talking in a classroom. To earn the certificate, students are required to complete:

    • GRAD726 Business Fundamentals – Selected Topics (1 credit)

      • GRAD726 Course Description

        This seminar series will introduce students to many of the topics essential to the workplace including the structure and culture of a variety of organizations, interpersonal skills in the workplace, and more. Broadly, the series will reinforce concepts taught in the GRAD business fundamentals/professional skills classes by placing them in the context of career paths that are of interest to students.

    • Five modular-style core courses (7.5 credits)

      • GRAD 710 Professional Communication: Writing (1.5 credits)

        This writing-intensive, seminar-style course teaches you to craft effective email messages, short reports, and executive summaries in professional settings. Key topics include content selection, organization, accessibility, plain language, clarity and conciseness, tone, and visual displays of information.

      • GRAD 711 Professional Communication: Presenting (1.5 credits)

        This speaking-intensive, seminar-style course focuses on presenting complex topics using plain language in professional settings. Key topics include selecting and organizing content, developing audience-centered visual aids, incorporating storytelling, projecting a professional image, and managing Q & A. This course requires a strong command of English.

      • GRAD 712 Leadership for the Workplace (1.5 credits)

        Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to influence others positively.  This course examines your current leadership style and addresses the relationship of that style to leadership development opportunities including influencing team dynamics, building productive relationships and managing change as a professional and a leader.

      • GRAD 713 Applied Project Management: Frameworks, Principles and Techniques (1.5 credits)

        This course focuses on practical project management principles and techniques, demonstrating their effectiveness in the workplace. Key topics include frameworks and methodologies, planning and monitoring projects, risk management, stakeholder management, managing your team, and time and cost management. This course will include group work.

      • GRAD 714 Introduction to Financial Accounting (1.5 credits)

        As a future leader in the workplace, you will need read and interpret financial statements, even if this is not one of your primary job responsibilities. Having a basic understanding of financial concepts expands your ability to contribute to organizations and evaluate the strength of a proposal or strategy in light of its impact on an organization’s financial health. GRAD 714 Financial Accounting is an 8-week course that introduces key principles and instruments used in financial accounting, including how to read and create basic financial statements (the balance sheet, the income statement, the cash flow statement) and more advanced concepts, like depreciation, goodwill, forecasting, and budgeting. Each week builds on the next, and you will be applying these principles to case examples and collaborative projects during weekly live class sessions. By the end of this course, you will be able to navigate the most common types of financial statements and disclosures, and use these skills in a final project in which you propose a future project to the business managers in your organization.

    • At least 1.5 credits of an elective course

Typically, Grad 710, GRAD 711, and GRAD 726 are offered in the fall, GRAD 712 and GRAD 714 are offered in the spring, and GRAD 713 is offered in both the fall and spring. However, course offering schedules may fluctuate due to instructor availability and student interest. Additionally, these courses may occasionally be offered in the summer. Please confirm schedules and meeting times in ConnectCarolina.