Graduate Certificate Programs FAQs

When can I start the program?

We have 4 entry points throughout the year for this program.  New classes begin in January, March, August, and October. 

When do classes meet?

On-campus classes meet one night a week from about 5:30 - 9:00 pm.  Most classes will meet in Conway Hall. Most online classes include weekly assignments to be completed within a specified window of time.

What is the admission process?

Requirements include a completed application, official transcripts from your bachelor's degree-granting institution and a professional resume.

Do I need to submit a GMAT or GRE score for admission?

A GMAT or GRE score is not required.

How long will it take to complete the certificate?

The certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework.  In most cases, this means 4, 3 credit-hour classes completed in about 15 months.  Some certificate tracks require prerequisites, which may be waived with prior coursework.

How much does the certificate cost?

Classes are billed at the graduate business tuition rate of $770 per credit hour based on 2020/2021 tuition and fees.  The total program cost is $9,240.

Why should I invest in a certificate program?

The Graduate Certificate focuses on specific areas that students may further pursue.  Certificates are designed for graduates who are either changing industries or responsibilities OR would like to enhance their graduate education with up to date information.

Am I able to participate in networking events and utilize career services?

All students in our graduate business programs are invited to participate in the many networking opportunities offered each year and are able to utilize the on-campus career services department.

Am I able to use the alumni discount?

With a Rockhurst graduate degree, you are able to take graduate and undergraduate classes with the alumni discount. If you have an undergraduate degree from Rockhurst you may only take undergraduate courses using the discount.  More information about the alumni discount program may be found here

How does the alumni discount program work?

The alumni discount programs allows students to take 1 class each semester at a reduced tuition cost.  The half-off tuition price is per semester or 3 classes a year, not per 8 week term.  Students will complete an alumni discount form with the adviser and are able to register for a class two weeks before the class begins if space is available.  If the class is full, students using the alumni discount will be unable to register.  Alumni discounted courses must be paid for on the day of registration and are not eligible to be covered with federal student loans.