International students who successfully complete a 15-credit certificate on campus are eligible to apply for OPT work authorization. Apply your classroom learning to real-world work experience.

Northeastern University’s Office of Career Development is a valuable resource for graduate certificate students. We can help you to make the most out of your professional opportunities.

After You Earn Your Certificate

Your D’Amore-McKim Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is just one step in your educational adventure. Apply to a full master’s degree program and the credits you have already earned may be applied toward an eligible program, or explore new opportunities for career growth. Upon successful completion of a graduate certificate on campus, international students may even apply for up to twelve months of OPT work authorization in the U.S.

There are so many benefits to earning a Graduate Certificate. Apply your new skills to the classroom or to the workplace—whatever challenge you choose to take on next, your D’Amore-McKim education can help you get you where you want to go.

Having never taken a business course prior to entering the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration program, it was the perfect way to get my feet wet. It didn’t take me long to realize that earning my certificate would only be the beginning of my business career.

Madeleine Eames, GCBA’15, Part-Time MBA Path

Planning on completing the Part-Time MBA Path?

Your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is a great first step. Your next step could be a master’s degree program. A master’s degree can further deepen your knowledge, strengthen your resume, and demonstrate additional value to employers.

Once you have completed your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration through the Part-Time MBA Path and you have applied and been accepted to the Part-Time MBA, then the credits you’ve earned during your certificate program will apply. Not only that, but your performance in the courses can make you eligible to waive the GMAT requirement.

Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and a “B” or better in each of your certificate classes, and we will waive the GRE/GMAT requirement as part of your Part-Time MBA or Part-Time MS in Finance/MBA application.

If accepted, your Graduate Certificate will help you yet again, as your credits may apply toward the MBA program requirements. Read more below.

Apply your credits to a master’s program

Through successful completion of your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, you will earn 12-15 credits that may be applied to eligible master’s programs, both within D’Amore-McKim School of Business or in the College of Professional Studies. Upon acceptance to one of the degree programs listed below, you may be able to apply the credits you have already earned toward the completion of your degree. Eligible master’s programs are offered online, as well as in Boston, Charlotte, Seattle, Toronto, and Silicon Valley. Location options vary by degree program.

International students complete online programs remotely from their home country. Northeastern’s vibrant and interactive online classrooms are a great way to continue your American business education from anywhere in the world.

For some master’s programs, credits are accepted from all students who have successfully completed a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, regardless of curricular format. For other master’s programs, credits from only particular Graduate Certificate curricular formats are eligible. Below, you will find more detail about the requirements for each master’s program.

Eligible Master’s Degrees at D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Students who have successfully completed a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration with a GPA of 3.0 or above may be able to apply their credits towards a master’s degree. Please note that completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission into an MBA program.

Challenge your perspective. Move your future forward. Accelerate your career, on your schedule, with the Part-Time MBA at D’Amore-McKim.

Accelerate your career. Move your future forward. Build your core business skills and specialized financial expertise in the Part-Time MS in Finance/MBA.

Designed for busy working professionals like you, the Online MBA program places emphasis on digital analytics and expertise to build the business leaders of tomorrow.

Eligible Master’s Programs at the College of Professional Studies

MS in Corporate and Organizational Studies

Incorporating the case method, research into the latest communication trends, interactive learning formats, and experiential learning opportunities, this program addresses complex communication challenges—providing students with a distinct advantage in today’s competitive marketplace. The curriculum also reflects the transformational impact of social technologies on the communication patterns of employees, customers, investors, and other audiences.

Select graduate business courses from the Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making are eligible to apply towards this master’s program if you earn a 3.0 grade or above. Please contact your academic advisor for details.

This 45-credit degree may be completed online or on the Boston campus. This program offers six concentrations, including Social Media and Human Resources Management.


MPS in Digital Media

From 3-D animation to game design, the MPS in Digital Media offers students the opportunity to master state-of-the art media and design techniques. Learn from industry experts as you study digital storytelling, usability, web development, and more.

Select graduate business courses from the Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making are eligible to apply towards this master’s program if you earn a 3.0 grade or above. Please contact your academic advisor for details.

This degree program, offered on Northeastern’s Boston campus, covers topics such as media creation, information design and development, usability, and narrative structure.


MPS in Geospatial Services

This online program covers topics such as project management, system implementation, and database design. Study for a career in the fast-growing field of Geographic Information Technology, from geography and archeology to urban planning and natural resources management.

Select graduate business courses from the Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making are eligible to apply towards this master’s program if you earn a 3.0 grade or above. Please contact your academic advisor for details.

This program is 100% online.


MS in Global Studies and International Relations

Prepare for internationally focused positions in the U.S. or abroad with our practical, interdisciplinary and interactive Master’s in Global Studies and International Relations. This interdisciplinary program provides students with interactive exposure to the diverse field of Global Studies and International Relations and prepares students for internationally focused positions in the U.S. or abroad.

Select graduate business courses from the Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making are eligible to apply towards this master’s program if you earn a 3.0 grade or above. Please contact your academic advisor for details.

This program is offered online.


MS in Human Services

Human service professionals must be adept at conducting assessments, developing service plans and policies, leading interdisciplinary teams, and managing care for at-risk clients. Professionals with graduate degrees in human services are needed to address a wide range of societal issues—whether by providing direct services, supervising personnel, or administering programs and policies. This 45-credit degree program offers concentrations in leadership, organizational communication, and global studies.

Students who have successfully completed a Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making with a GPA of 3.0 or above may apply their credits towards this master’s degree.

This program is offered online.


MS in Leadership

As today’s workforce continues to diversify, leadership tasks and responsibilities have become more complex. Leveraging students’ interdisciplinary backgrounds, the master’s degree in leadership prepares students for the challenges and opportunities associated with leading in a global world by exploring key leadership areas such as: management, ethics, strategic thinking, and organizational culture.

Students who have successfully completed a Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making with a GPA of 3.0 or above may apply their credits towards this master’s degree.

This 45-credit degree is available online, in Boston, or in Charlotte, NC.


MS in Nonprofit Management

Facing the threat of privatization and for-profit competition, nonprofit organizations are challenged to find leaders who not only possess keen business and managerial skills, but can also effect change at a community or social level. The MS in Nonprofit Management prepares you for a leadership position in a not-for-profit university, hospital, charity, foundation, or religious organization by allowing students to build strong leadership, managerial, and interpersonal skills, as well as gain in-depth knowledge of fundraising, marketing, program development, and governance issues.

Students who have successfully completed a Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making with a GPA of 3.0 or above may apply their credits towards this master’s degree.

This 45-credit degree is available online, in Boston, or in Seattle.


MS in Project Management

The MS in Project Management degree program addresses every phase of this essential business discipline. These include project definition, cost and risk estimation, scheduling, budget management, negotiation and conflict resolution, and project presentation and evaluation. Effectively lead and manage sometimes interrelated, complex projects in a mature manner while avoiding common project management pitfalls.

Select graduate business courses from the Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Financial Decision Making are eligible to apply towards this master’s program if you earn a 3.0 grade or above. Please contact your academic advisor for details.

This 45-credit degree is available in Boston, Charlotte, Toronto, the Silicon Valley, or online.

MS in Sports Management

The Master of Sports Leadership is structured to accommodate mid-career athletic administrators and coaches, as well as individuals seeking to prepare for careers in the sports industry. This degree prepares you for a variety of sport-related occupations—whether it’s working with a professional or intercollegiate sports team, with a fitness club or wellness organization, or in marketing, communication, or sports management.

Select graduate business courses are eligible to apply towards this master’s program. Students who complete their Graduate Certificate in Business Administration through the Build Your Own curricular format with a GPA of 3.0 of above are eligible to apply credits. Please contact your enrollment coach for details.

This 45-credit degree is available on our Boston, MA campus or online.

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