College of Business & Technology

Graduate Certificates

The College of Business and Technology offers post-baccalaureate certificates in several disciplines.

  • Business Analytics
  • Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM)

View the graduate catalog for admission information and requirements.

A Stepping Stone Towards An MBA: Courses taken in and of the Business Analytics and Supply Chain Management areas can be applied towards a WIU Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. If you complete the certificate, you are more than 1/3 of the way toward an MBA degree!

The Department of Economics and Decision Sciences offers a post-baccalaureate certificate program to graduate-level students who are interested in the field of business analytics. This program brings together the technical skills of data mining, statistical modeling, and forecasting for data-driven decision-making and for solving the analytical problems of the contemporary business world. The program is designed for graduate level students in diverse backgrounds. Graduates from undergraduate programs in Quantitative and Biological Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Business, Computer Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Actuarial Science, Engineering, or Education, as well as working professionals desiring to sharpen their data analysis and business analytical skills and/or learn advanced statistical methods, will especially benefit from this high-demand post-baccalaureate certificate program in business analytics.

The Business Analytics post-baccalaureate certificate program is closely related to the master’s degree programs in Economics, Applied Statistics and Decision Analytics, Business Administration, or Mathematics. Students interested in pursuing one of these degree programs may apply some semester hours earned in the Business Analytics certificate toward the fulfillment of requirements of these or other graduate programs. See respective graduate advisors for more information about these graduate programs.


  • DS 421G Data Visualization for Decision Making (3) -- formerly DS521
  • DS 435G Applied Data Mining for Business Decision Making (3)
    DS 535 Advanced Data Mining for Business (3)
  • DS 480G Predictive Analytics (3)
    DS 580 Advanced Predictive Analytics and Times Series Forecasting (3)
  • DS 490G Statistical Software for Data Management and Decision Making (3)
  • DS 500 Introduction to Business Analytics (3)
  • Integrative Experience, 3 s.h.

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Dr. Anna Valeva, Professor
School of Accounting, Finance, Economics and Decision Sciences

Location: Stipes Hall 431
Phone: (309) 298-1152

The Department of Engineering Technology offers five unique post-baccalaureate certificate programs in Instructional Design and Technology (IDT).

Whether you are seeking to advance in your organization, start a business, or simply upgrade your skills in a current position, a certificate in IDT can play an important role in helping achieve your professional goals. The certificate programs combine up-to-date knowledge with practical applications and individualized experiences. The purpose of the certificate programs are to facilitate professional growth in technology and related abilities in problem solving and systematic planning.

You can tailor coursework to your specific career goal through five customized certificate programs. Each certificate program provides an opportunity to master specialized technology and skills in order for you to adapt and excel in an increasingly complex and technological work environment.

Transfer credit is not accepted into the certificate plan. Courses taken while working on these certificates can be counted as elective hours toward a Master of Science degree in IDT. Students who wish to pursue this option while working on a certificate should state such intention so they can receive proper advising. Successful completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission into the IDT master’s degree program.

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Online and Distance Learning Development

Prepares educators, instructional designers, and trainers to effectively use and develop resources for online and distance learning

Educational Technology Specialist

Prepares current teachers for the Illinois Technology Specialist Certification and meets the educational requirements for this certificate.

Instructional Media Development

Prepares educators, instructional designers, and trainers to design video, graphics, and interactive multimedia for instruction.

Technology Integration in Education

Prepares educators for using technology in the classroom.

Workplace Learning and Performance

Prepares educators, instructional designers, and trainers for designing and managing training and performance improvement projects.


Leaunda Hemphill, Graduate Advisor/Professor

Location: Knoblauch Hall
Phone: (309) 298-1091

The post baccalaureate certificate (PBC) in Supply Chain Management (SCM) is an 18 hour program focusing on issues related to transportation, inventory management, procurement, and warehousing. The program may be completed in one calendar year; however, most of our students are working professionals that complete the program in 18 months. The program maybe completed fully online.

Courses When and Where You Want Them

Required Courses (6 s.h.)
  • SCM 531 - Supply Management, 3 s.h.
  • SCM 539 - Transportation & Warehouse Management, 3 s.h.
Choose Two of the Following (6 s.h.)
  • SCM 465G - Supply Chain Risk Management, 3 s.h.
  • SCM 529 - Worldwide Logistics and E-Commerce, 3 s.h.
  • SCM 549 - Strategic Procurement and Sourcing, 3 s.h.
Choose Two of the Following (6 s.h.)
  • SCM 451G - Negotiations, 3 s.h.
  • SCM 465G - Supply Chain Risk Management, 3 s.h.
  • SCM 457G - Project Management, 3 s.h.
  • SCM 470G - Inventory Management, 3 s.h.
  • SCM 529 - Worldwide Logistics and E- Commerce, 3 s.h.
  • SCM 549 - Strategic Procurement and Sourcing, 3 s.h.
  • DS 533 - Applied Business Planning and Forecasting, 3 s.h.
  • IS 567 - Information Technologies in Supply Chain Management, 3 s.h.
  • SCM 620 - SCM Internship (3 hours may be used in directed electives)
  • Any SCM graduate level course with advisor permission, 3 s.h.

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Tara Feld, Associate Dean/MBA Director

Location: Stipes Hall 101
Phone: (309) 298-2442