Business (Advanced Certificate)

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Why a Certificate in Business?

Iona’s Advanced Certificate in Business offers top-tier graduate courses and mentorships from accomplished industry professionals, enabling you to become a multi-faceted and effective leader.

Whether you are interested in pursuing a graduate business degree or want to refresh your knowledge and acquire new skills, our certificate in business prepares you with the expertise and professional development needed to further your career goals.

Why Study Business at Iona?

Iona’s graduate business certificate program prioritizes your needs, interests and career aspirations. You can customize your course selection to your preferred area of interest and complete the program in in-person, hybrid or fully online formats to accommodate your unique schedule. Typically, the program takes six to 12 months to complete; however, the pace can be adjusted for your individual needs.

The LaPenta School of Business strives to make post-baccalaureate education accessible and advantageous. While earning your business certificate, you have the flexibility to choose four courses (12 credits) to develop your strategic thinking, oral and written communication skills and specific leadership style. 

As you plan your certification path, you can enroll in the program before pursuing or after completing another graduate degree. If you are interested in continuing your graduate education at Iona, you may roll the credits earned during the certification into another graduate business program, such as our Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA), to fulfill additional requirements.

What You'll Learn

Iona University is committed to providing students with a personalized and high-value education. In the business certificate program, you can tailor your coursework to your personal interests and career goals. 

You will choose four graduate-level courses, covering topics such as finance, accounting, business management, business communications and more. Expanding your knowledge in these crucial areas allows you to advance in your current field or change your career focus and search for new options. 

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Careers & Outcomes

As the terrain of the business world continues to change, employers look for professionals who can effectively lead a team and navigate their company to success. With an Advanced Certificate in Business, you will be prepared to tackle new challenges, put your leadership skills to the test and excel in whatever field you choose. Completing our graduate business certificate program gives you the marketable skills to pursue a variety of careers.

Job Titles:

  • Administration Director
  • Executive Director
  • Management Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • Human Resources Manager

Program Highlights

Accredited Business Program

Iona’s graduate business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – a highly acclaimed distinction awarded to just six percent of business schools worldwide. We are proud to offer students a quality education that positions them to succeed.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

If you select the face-to-face or the hybrid format, you will attend classes in our new state-of-the-art LaPenta School of Business, which includes 21 classrooms, 56 faculty offices, a lecture hall and 11 enclosed group study rooms. Additionally, the expanded LaPenta-Lynch Trading Floor features Bloomberg Terminals and a live stock ticker, bringing the pulse of business right to your fingertips!

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Faculty Experts

The LaPenta School of Business faculty brings years of experience, knowledge and networks to share. As a student, you will receive impactful mentorship and develop meaningful connections with your instructors.

Learn More About Iona’s Business Advanced Certificate

Iona’s Business Advanced Certificate program provides a customizable graduate-level education that allows you to develop your unique skill set and further your professional ambitions.

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