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Business Management Decision Making (Graduate)

Successful business leaders have the skills to make confident, informed decisions.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

ACC 610 - Accounting in a Corporate Environment

MGT 605 - Managing in Organizations

FIN 605 - Financial Management in Organizations

MKT 605 - Marketing in Organizations

Offered in-person and online.

Contact:  Dr. Duke Thompson, thompsonj2@nku.edu

Develop the knowledge and expertise needed to make decisions with successful outcomes in four primary areas common to all business models: accounting, finance, marketing and human resources. These courses provide a graduate-level grounding in business management fundamentals, with a distinctly applied orientation, and are excellent preparation for an MBA program. Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, students will possess basic knowledge in financial management, managerial accounting, people management and leadership, and marketing management.

Global Supply Chain Management (Graduate)

Build competencies in the field of supply chain.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

MGT 610 - Operations Management

MGT 641 - Supply Chain Management

MGT 642 - Strategic Sourcing

MGT 643 - Distribution and Logistics

Each course is five weeks long and online.

Contact:  Dr. Mark Thackeray, thackeraym1@nku.edu


Builds essential competencies in global supply chain management. For professionals in or wanting to get into the field of supply chain, including logistics (which is so prevalent in this region).

Identify and describe important functions and concepts of supply chain management including supply chain metrics, facility layout, location strategy, network design, demand forecasting, inventory management, warehousing and distribution and sustainability.

Apply the tools and techniques used by supply chain professionals in managing supply chains, by analyzing data to make decisions, and set policies.

Explain the role and importance of the global strategic sourcing function to overall supply chain performance.

Identify and describe core elements, concepts, processes, techniques, and decision tools available to support purchasing activities.

Differentiate the determinants of value for the different types of purchases, suppliers, business, and demands.

Apply various models for evaluating suppliers, measuring performance and fostering supplier development.

Analyze and apply alternative methods of network design and distribution systems to effectively provide product/service to end customer via multiple channels in response to varying market dynamics of speed and cost competitiveness.

Evaluate alternative approaches to inventory location/quantity and the impact of risk pooling to optimize customer satisfaction when demand variation and forecasting error exists.

Compare and evaluate warehousing alternatives, the use of technology, design of distribution centers, enabling value-add services and apply distribution techniques on how best to store, mix and deliver to internal/external customers.


Human Resource Management (Graduate)

Become a leader in Human Resource Management.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

MGT 605 - Managing in Organizations

MGT 631 - Training and Development

MGT 632 - Compensation and Benefits

MGT 633 - Talent Management

Each course is five weeks long and online.

Contact:  Dr. Mike Carrell, carrellm@nku.edu

Builds essential competencies to be a leader in Human Resource Management. For professionals in or wanting to get into the field of Human Resources.

Describe how training and development supports the strategic aims of the company and how it should be integrated with other HRM functions and activities.

Describe the needs assessment process to determine whether training is necessary and to identify the learning needs.

Design and implement training programs that are consistent with accepted theories of learning and that meet the assessed learning needs.

Understand of the value of a compensation strategy and how it relates to the organization’s effectiveness.

Demonstrate an understanding of why internal consistency and external consistency are important pay policy issues.

Evaluate resources to find potential candidates.

Prioritize the need to look for attitude, skill, and character in potential candidates.

Plan and conduct effective interviews.


Marketing Strategy and Analytics (Graduate)

Learn about strategic marketing in business.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

MKT 605 - Marketing in Organizations

MKT 620 - Marketing Strategy

MKT 621 - Consumer Behavior and Insights

MKT 622 - Marketing Analytics

Each course is five weeks long and online.

Contact:  Dr. Aron Levin, levina@nku.edu


Students will learn about strategic marketing in business, including consumer behavior and learner analytics.

Explain the relationships among the strategic marketing decisions a firm must make to create and capture value.

Interpret real-world marketing strategies and resulting consumer experiences.

Use knowledge of buyer behavior to enhance strategic research and business decisions for clients.

Make informed strategic decisions based on the output of descriptive data.

Improve communication skills to describe marketing actions derived from data analysis.


Mindfulness Fundamentals (Graduate only; undergraduate available in Summer 2021)

Develop a personal mindfulness practice for use in your area of study. Explore mindfulness and the benefit of daily applications, regardless of the field.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

EDU/HSR/SWK 522 - The Mindful Helping Professional

And one of the following:

COU 575 - Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices


EDU/HSR/SWK 523 - The Mindful Leader

EDU/HSR/SWK 522 and EDU/HSR/SWK 523 are offered online. COU 575 is offered in hybrid format.

Contact: Dr. Mark Wasicsko, wasicskom1@nku.edu 

For anyone interested in learning about, practicing and understanding various mindfulness-based practices.

Understand key terms, concepts and theories in mindfulness.

Select and apply mindfulness practices to support your own well-being.

Select and apply mindfulness practices to address challenges in the workplace.


Strategic Innovation through Competitive Intelligence (Graduate)

Learn how to innovate strategically, to expand into new markets or product areas.

Required Courses
Career Development Student Learning Outcomes

MKT 605 - Marketing in Organizations

MBA 620 - Ideation to Innovation

MBA 621 - Competitive Intelligence

MBA 622 - Ideation to Value

Each course is five weeks long and online.

Contact:  Dr. Stephanie Hughes, hughesst@nku.edu


The credential brings learners along a path of innovation from initial ideation to strategic commercialization using competitive intelligence. Ideal for business people seeking new knowledge in how to innovate strategically, to expand into new markets or product areas.

Identify problems you are uniquely suited to solve.

Differentiate between an idea and a viable opportunity.

Develop a concept for a new business. Understand how external forces impact your company’s strategies.

Understand the connection between a company’s intelligence processes and the overall strategy of the firm.

Expose you to a methodology for collecting and processing data into intelligence that can be used to advance company’s innovation efforts.

Identify industry, market and competitor data needed to complete a competitor audit.

Compose a clear, compelling and actionable business strategy.

Define and develop the optimal operating model components that best align to your strategy.

Compose and present an outstanding executive level pitch deck to effectively and efficiently communicate the strategy, its key components, and the roadmap to achieve the desired business outcomes.