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While advanced professional certificates are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of a given body of knowledge, advanced specialized certificates provide an intensive exploration of a specific topic, tool or methodology within that body of knowledge. Each advanced specialized certificate consists of a single eight-week course. There are no prerequisites to an advanced specialized certificate course; however, most students will find it helpful to have some familiarity with core concepts and tools related to the area of study, either through professional experience or completion of a related advanced professional certificate. The University of San Francisco currently offers advanced specialized certificates in Internet Marketing. These include: Internet Marketing, Advanced Digital Analytics, Advanced Social Media, Advanced Email Marketing, Advanced Affiliate Marketing, Advanced Mobile Marketing and Advanced Search Engine Marketing.
The total estimated completion time for each certificate program is approximately 25 to 30 hours, including 12 to 16 hours of streaming video presentation plus independent exercises and exams. Students can work at their own pace but should plan to spend approximately 5 to 7 hours a week on their online lectures, assignments and exams, which will enable them to complete each course within eight weeks.
Yes. You have eight weeks to complete each certificate course. Students who complete all three courses in a program will receive an Advanced Professional Sustainable Supply Chain Management Certificate, Advanced Professional Supply Chain Management Certificate, an Advanced Professional Sales and Sales Management Certificate, an Advanced Professional Internet Marketing Certificate, or an Advanced Professional Business Process Management Certificate.
For your convenience, many courses offer downloadable study guides and lectures as part of the program. In some instances, a course may require a textbook or special course materials, which can be shipped to you for a small shipping fee.
The online instructor support format is an excellent way to meet, collaborate and network with professionals from across the nation and around the world. Online instructor support offers extended interaction with instructors and classmates through virtual office hours, instructor-monitored chat rooms, message boards and email, ensuring an engaging and rewarding educational experience.
In fact, many students will find that they are actually learning, participating and enjoying themselves more in this online certificate program than they ever did in a traditional classroom.
In order to receive your certificate, there will be an “open book” set of questions you must answer online. Students enrolled in the Supply Chain Management program will also be required to participate in simulation exercises, while students in the Internet Marketing certificate program will have practical exercises that are designed to help them achieve proficiency with online marketing tools. Move at your own pace and review the lectures and study guide materials as many times as you want — the materials are yours, so take your time!
Earning a professional certificate sets those with the credentials apart — or above — those without it. For many, gaining new skills becomes a personal professional goal. An advanced professional certificate or advanced specialized certificate from a respected, accredited university also adds prestige to your résumé. Furthermore, a professional certificate can be an aid to career advancement and help you earn a higher salary.
Students will earn 4.5 continuing education units (CEUs) upon completion of each University of San Francisco online course.
Some of the University of San Francisco’s online courses qualify for college credit through the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT); see below for details. In addition, you earn continuing education units (CEUs) for all courses, so you may be eligible for tuition assistance from your company. Contact your company’s human resources department to confirm whether their tuition assistance policy covers continuing education programs.
The American Council on Education (ACE) has recommended the following University of San Francisco online certificate courses for college credit: Expert Sales, Expert Sales Management, Transitioning to Sales Management, Functional Perspective of Supply Chain Management, Tactical Implementation of Supply Chain Management, Strategic Best Practices of Supply Chain Management, Corporate and Environmental Sustainability, Integrated Online Strategies, Search Engine Marketing and Usability, Advanced Interactive Marketing and Measurement, Advanced Social Media, Advanced Digital Analytics, Advanced Affiliate Marketing, Advanced Mobile Marketing, Advanced Search Engine Marketing, Applied Business Process Management, Advanced Business Process Management Methodology and Business Process Management Design and Implementation.
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for the University of San Francisco's online certificate courses. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research and program initiatives.
For more than 30 years, colleges and universities have trusted ACE CREDIT to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate their decisions to award academic credit. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website at www.acenet.edu/acecredit.
Benefits to students in the University of San Francisco's online certificate programs include:
ACE credits give you the ability to either transfer earned credits to an accepting university or apply them to educational or training programs. Universities accept ACE credit recommendations based on their own policies and requirements and should be contacted regarding the transferability of any credit hour earned. For more information, refer to the American Council on Education (ACE) website at www.acenet.edu/acecredit. To access a complete list of participating institutions in the ACE CREDIT College and University Network, click here.
The University of San Francisco does not accept ACE credits because there are currently no existing classes in the University of San Francisco’s degree curricula that precisely match these professional development programs. To access a complete list of participating institutions in the ACE CREDIT College and University Network click here.
Students wishing to earn ACE credits are required to do the following:
Note: ACE charges $40 for the first transcript and $15 for each additional copy. Transcripts will be sent directly to the university or employer.
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An advanced professional certificate is a comprehensive professional development series that covers today’s in-demand business topics. Each University of San Francisco advanced professional certificate consists of three individual certificate courses, which build upon one another in a step-by-step progression. Through information-packed lectures and hands-on simulations, the Advanced Professional Supply Chain Management Certificate program teaches participants how to transform the supply chain into a strategic advantage. The Advanced Professional Sales and Sales Management Certificate program helps sales professionals acquire an arsenal of advanced sales tactics and critical management skills, enabling them to achieve new heights of success. The Advanced Professional Internet Marketing Certificategives marketers practical tools and techniques that empower them to maximize every interactive marketing dollar and lead successful integrated online campaigns. The Advanced Professional Business Process Management Certificate program equips professionals with the tools to transform an organization by reducing costs, errors and delays.
Classes start on the first of each month. Because there is no lengthy application process for these professional development programs, students can usually begin the month immediately following the month they register.
Once you complete a course — including all lectures, assignments and tests — you will be awarded a course certificate and continuing education units from the University of San Francisco’s School of Business and Professional Studies.
Founded by the Jesuit Fathers in 1855, the University of San Francisco was established as the City of San Francisco’s first institution of higher education. USF is committed to becoming internationally recognized as a premier Jesuit Catholic, urban university with a global perspective and a mission of educating leaders who will fashion a more humane and just world.
The university’s School of Business and Professional Studies — which includes the Masagung Graduate School of Management and the McLaren College of Business — prepares men and women for leadership positions in the public and private sectors.
USF is home to approximately 9,000 students with diverse ethnic, religious, social and economic backgrounds. Its alumni represent all 50 states and more than 110 countries. It is listed as one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, which ranks it among the top national universities for student ethnic diversity and international student enrollment.
The University of San Francisco is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and was a founding member of WASC’s antecedent, the Western College Association (WCA), which granted USF accreditation in 1950. Regional accreditation represents the highest standard available among U.S. accrediting bodies.
The McLaren College of Business is accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) — a distinction it has held since 1953. In 1981, the Masagung Graduate School of Management’s MBA program also achieved accreditation from AACSB International, which is the premier accrediting body for business schools.
You can register anytime and begin the program on the first of the month. You then have eight weeks to finish each course.
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USF’s Master Certificate in Supply Chain Management is designed to help you master the knowledge, skills and strategies necessary to be an effective leader in the field of supply chain management. This comprehensive program bridges the operations focus of APICSsmand the procurement focus of ISM®, giving students a broad-based perspective that encompasses all of the supply chain disciplines rather than targeting a single area. While the program will provide a solid foundation for professionals who plan to undertake a certification exam, it is imperative that you review the study materials issued by the certifying body, as the terminology and framework may vary from one organization to the next.
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