Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Why a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate? 

McKendree University is offering online post-baccalaureate certificates to supplement students' education and facilitate a shorter path to entry into, or advancement within specific careers. The courses that comprise the post-baccalaureate certificates are graduate-level courses that can be applied to the requirements for the Master of Business Administration programs.


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Why McKendree? 

McKendree University Graduate School expertly combines academic excellence with the flexibility and convenience that working adults need to pursue an advanced degree while maintaining their busy schedule. Taking the courses online, you’ll receive one-on-one attention from faculty whose real-world business backgrounds give you rare career insights. 



Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Certificates are eligible to anyone who holds a bachelor degree. Foundation courses may be required (see *^below). 


School of Business

Corporate Finance - 18 credits*

Topics such as mergers and acquisitions, strategic tax planning, and financial statement analysis help students understand functional and strategic perspective of finance in an organization.

MBA 621 Accounting for Managers

MBA 631 Corporate Finance 

MBA 632 Investments and Financial Markets 

MBA 633 Mergers and Acquisitions 

MBA 634 Financial Taxation and Strategic Planning 

MBA 637 Financial Analysis and Reporting


Cyber Defense - 18 credits*^

Students in this program are grounded in the foundational technology, as well as the operational, legal/ethical, and strategic context of protecting networks and intellectual property in organizations.

MBA 652 Organizational Behavior

MBA 653 Stakeholder Management and Ethics

MBA 670 Advanced Concepts in Cyber Defense 

MBA 672 Cyber Systems Administration and Analysis

MBA 674 Cyber Threat Assessment and Response

MBA 676 Cyber Defense Management and Leadership


Digital Marketing - 18 credits*

Courses in digital marketing help students harness technology as it is used in marketing to understand the needs of the target market, to influence the marketing mix, and to deliver value to the customer. Students also learn to analyze relevant metrics that contribute to the overall success of the firm.

MBA 642 - Customers and Competitive Advantage 

MBA 643 Digital Marketing

MBA 645 Social Media Marketing

MBA 646 Marketing Analytics

MBA 652 Organizational Behavior

MBA 653 Stakeholder Management and Ethics


Human Resource Management - 18 credits*

Students will take courses that help them understand the HRM process, including job planning and job design, recruiting and hiring, training and development, and benefit management. Courses also help students understand the ever-evolving legal and ethical environment of HRM.

MBA 625 Legal Issues for Managers

MBA 630 People Management 

MBA  636 Leading Organizational Change

MBA  652 Organizational Behavior

MBA  653 Stakeholder Management and Ethics

MBA  662 Strategic HR and Globalization


*Students who have completed coursework in all the foundation areas of business may begin the post-baccalaureate certificate courses. If students have not completed undergraduate courses in accounting, management/marketing, microeconomics, and statistics, you will be required to receive foundation knowledge in the deficient area(s).

Foundation courses provide students with broad introductory knowledge in key subject areas of business. The courses are:

MBA 501 Foundations of Accounting and Finance

MBA 502 Economics for Managers

MBA 503 Marketing and Management Concepts

MBA 504 Quantitative and Statistical Tools

^Students pursuing the Cyber Defense concentration may have to complete MBA 570 Foundations in Cyber Defense if they have no education or certificates in the field of information security with the requisite knowledge to be successful in the remaining cyber defense courses of the program.

McKendree offers these courses in the online format specifically for students who are deficient in any of the foundation areas. A foundation course must be completed prior to taking an MBA course in that area.




Classes are offered 100% online in five 8-week sessions per year (January, March, June, August and October). 


Admission Requirements

Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerMcKendree University admits students who present evidence of their potential to complete graduate level work. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion. The following documentation is required for consideration of admission:

1. A completed graduate admission application (no fee).

2. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those sent from institution to institution.

4. A minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies.

5. A current resume or vita.

6. Three professional references.

7. Essay describing the personal and professional goals that will be met by completion of the degree.



Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for the post-baccalaureate certificates during the 2022-2023 academic year is $555 per credit hour.

Military using Tuition Assistance (TA) the tuition rate is $250 per credit hour.

Students will be classified as non-degree seeking and can pursue Alternative Loans. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for federal financial aid. 



Next Step

Contact your student services specialists below and get details on the admission process and our next start date.


Photo of Heather Haycraft, M.A.Ed.Heather Haycraft, M.A.Ed.

(502) 797-4380  





Meet the MBA Faculty


Eric Abrams, Ph.D.Eric Abrams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
907 Royce Street
(618) 537-6553


M. Terese Kasson, CPATerese Kasson, CPA

Piper Academic Center (PAC) 104
(618) 537-6893


M. Faisal Safa, Ph.D.M. Faisal Safa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
907 Royce Street
(618) 537-6892


Jean Sampson, D.Mgt.Jean Sampson, D.Mgt.

Chair, School of Business
Piper Academic Center (PAC) 106
(618) 537-6884



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