Management Studies
Graduate Certificate Online Program

The graduate certificate program in Management Studies is specifically designed for students who wish to hone their management skills or prepare for re-entry into the workforce. The program prepares students for a position as a leader in management and covers the fundamentals needed to successfully manage a team. The program examines the latest management procedures and techniques students will need to compete in today’s evolving business climate.

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The California Coast University online Graduate Certificate in Management Studies program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:


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The Graduate Certificate in Management Studies consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4  Core Courses .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Graduate Certificate in Management Studies is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

ID Course Name Units
BAM 515 Organizational Behavior  3

Organizational Behavior provides students with an in-depth review of various theories and research on the behavior, structure, and process of organizations. Formal organizations and their structure will be critically examined, and human motivations and their constructive application to oneself and others will be explored. Applicable behavioral science theories will be analyzed and students will be able to effectively apply the relevant concepts to the management of organizations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define organizational behavior and describe the basic functions.
  • Examine key terms, theories and perspectives of organizational behavior.
  • Evaluate issues affecting organizational behavior including global issues, diversity, ethics and corporate social responsibility.
  • Analyze individual behaviors and the various types of processes in organizational behavior including social and group, leadership and influence, and organizational processes.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to organizational behavior.
BAM 540 Project Management  3

Project Management takes a decision-making, business-oriented approach to the management of projects, which is reinforced with current examples of project management in action. The course presents the concepts and methodologies that are most useful for managing complex projects and provides an understanding of when, why, and how these methodologies can and should be used to maximize the likelihood of project success. The course emphasizes not only individual project execution, but also provides a strategic perspective to manage projects at portfolio levels.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify what defines a project and examine the various types of risks and considerations associated with project management.
  • Analyze how organizations go about evaluating, selecting, planning, scheduling, and implementing projects.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of managing project resources and teams.
  • Explain the various factors and best practices associated with managing projects in multi-project environments.
  • Examine best practices and emerging trends in the field of project management.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to project management.
BAM 550 Leadership  3

Leadership focuses on leadership theories that seek to explain how traits, behaviors, or situational factors influence leadership style and effectiveness. Students will develop the competencies and skills to immediately start using these principles in their personal and professional lives. The course also explores the critical question of how well a leader is able to influence followers to achieve group objectives—this is what distinguishes effective from ineffective leaders.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define leadership, and examine the importance of developing leadership skills.
  • Trace the evolution of leadership and discuss historical approaches to leadership.
  • Examine research perspectives, theories, and best practices related to leadership.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the personal side of leadership, the leader as a relationship builder and social architect.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to leadership.
BAM 562 Modern Management  3

Modern Management provides insight into current management trends. Today, managers have more responsibility than ever. Meeting the needs of a growing customer base, a diverse workforce, and production challenges all pose unique problems for managers. This course covers the four aspects of the strategic management process—planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Evidencebased management (EBM), critical thinking, ethics, and analytics are themes that run throughout the course.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define management and the management process and examine the history of management theory.
  • Analyze the challenges related to modern management including decision-making, ethics and social responsibility, diversity, strategic management, and global applications.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational issues in modern management related to organizational design, communication, and human resource systems.
  • Examine best practices for leading in organizations including increasing motivation, team management, diversity management, and management in a global environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of budget control, management control systems, and the role of technology in modern management.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to modern management.

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Leadership, or Management. A Bachelor Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

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