Earn credits that work twice as hard for you

If you’re thinking of pursuing the next step in your business education, there’s no better place to do that than Northeastern. A master’s degree from Northeastern distinguishes you as an innovative thinker and problem-solver who is uniquely prepared for the challenges of today’s global business world.

And your graduate certificate from Northeastern can give you a head start on that degree. Once you’ve completed your certificate with at least a 3.0 GPA, you may be able to apply your credits to an eligible master’s degree program at Northeastern for up to three years following completion of your certificate. This includes an MBA program at D’Amore-McKim like our Online or Part-Time MBA, or an applicable master’s program at the College of Professional Studies. (Note that completion of your graduate certificate doesn’t guarantee acceptance into a master’s degree program.)

“Through this program, you will hone your logistics and management skills and earn a graduate credential. If your ultimate goal is a master’s degree, a Graduate Certificate in Operations & Supply Chain Management is the perfect first step. Leverage the career-enhancing power of your certificate after 4 or 5 courses, and then continue your studies to achieve your degree.”

JELENA PEJIC, RECRUITMENT MANAGER

Optional Practical Training

If you’re an international student currently planning on a master’s degree, earning a graduate certificate first can help you add to your credentials and maximize your work time in the United States.

When you earn a graduate certificate in one of our full-time, F-1 visa compliant programs, you’ll be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) afterward. Once you complete your OPT, you may decide to stay at Northeastern to earn your master’s degree. If you choose to do so, you’ll have the opportunity to apply for an additional year of OPT after finishing your master’s program. This means you could complete your certificate, work in the United States for a year, complete your master’s degree in an eligible program, and apply for an additional year OPT, allowing you to gain further work experience in the U.S.

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

Students who have successfully completed a Graduate Certificate in Leading People & Organizations 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.

Chart your own path to leadership with a personalized management degree that will position you for success in the business world of tomorrow. Gain the business skills that employers want as well as specialized expertise in an area of your choosing in this highly flexible program.

Earn an MBA degree that prepares you to meet the challenges of a tech-driven, high-speed business world—in an all-virtual, customizable format. Choose from eight in-demand concentrations.

Earn an MBA degree that prepares you to meet the challenges of a tech-driven, high-speed business world—on a part-time schedule that works with your life. Choose from 15 in-demand concentrations.

Eligible Master’s Programs at the College of Professional Studies

MS in Leadership

The Master of Science in Leadership prepares you to meet the evolving challenges of today’s world by helping you cultivate a personal leadership philosophy.

Students who have successfully completed a Graduate Certificate in Operations & Supply Chain Management with a GPA of 3.0 or above may apply their credits towards this master’s degree.

This program is 100% online.


MS in Nonprofit Management

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Management integrates theoretical approaches with practical applications, preparing you to excel in leadership positions in the nonprofit sector.

Students who have successfully completed a Graduate Certificate in Operations & Supply Chain Management with a GPA of 3.0 or above may apply their credits towards this master’s degree.

This program is 100% online.


MS in Project Management

The Master of Science in Project Management is designed to provide you with the practical skills and theoretical concepts you need to lead complex projects.

Students who have successfully completed a Graduate Certificate in Operations & Supply Chain Management with a GPA of 3.0 or above may apply their credits towards this master’s degree.

This program is 100% online.


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