Designed for the working professional who wants to focus on a particular area of study, the certificate provides a substantial base that can be used for career advancement or continuation in Lasell's Master of Science in Management Program. Each certificate is composed of five three-credit courses and can be completed within nine months.
Candidates to the certificate programs must hold a bachelor's degree and submit an application for study in the graduate program along with all necessary documents.
MGMT749 - Ethical Theory & Management
This course introduces the discipline of ethical analysis and its application to management. The course examines different methods of value clarifications, the sources of ethical conflict in management practices, the structure of ethical arguments, as well as the ethical theories and principles associated with management. The course also explores how these concepts are concretely applied in organizations and professional life.X
MGMT751 - Business Strategy
This course studies strategy formulation and implementation in international and domestic business enterprise. Case analysis and other appropriate methodologies are used to develop the skills and judgment necessary to provide overall direction to the organization. In particular, the course emphasizes the translation of strategy formulation to strategy implementation.X
MGMT752 - Change Management
This course focuses on how organizational change can be managed. In order to survive in rapidly changing and highly competitive operating environments, organizations must learn how to continually adapt, evolve, contract, expand, and innovate. Organizational change management is about implementation of business strategies, and more generally, new ideas and practices.X
The certificate program is structured as follows:
- 15 credits are required for a graduate certificate.
- 9 required concentration credits (3 courses)
- 6 elective credits (2 courses) - view elective courses
MGMT700 - 21st Century Global Leadership
This course is to help students obtain in-depth understandings of organizations through the comprehension of theoretical perspectives. The course will focus on determinants of an organization's success, focusing on structure and design issues, as well as external environmental factors that impact organizational structure and functioning. Formerly - MGMT701
MGMT702 - Research Methods
This course introduces both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, providing the student with an overview of the different steps in the research process. The course evaluates common methods of data analysis, develops skills in critical thinking, and provides experience in data analysis using SPSS.
MGMT703 - Strategic Information Management
This course presents the conceptual foundations of information technology and examines the development, application, and advances of information technology resources in organizations. With a focus on the managerial perspective, students investigate issues related to the development of contemporary systems development approaches.Formerly - Management Information Systems
MGMT704 - Financial Management
This course focuses on understanding the fundamental principles of finance, including financial statement analysis, present/future value/ NPV/discounted cash flows, capital budgeting, and risk analysis.
MGMT705 - Organizational Theory
This course is an introduction to the significant theoretical frameworks that have emerged over time to describe and explain organizations. There is no single theory of organization but rather a body of theory relating to organizational development. Examining this body of theory will enable the student to 1) better understand human activity in an organizational environment from a theoretical perspective, and 2) use the knowledge as a guide for future managerial applications.
MGMT706 - Marketing Management
This course provides a decision-oriented overview of marketing management in modern organizations. The emphasis is on developing skills in identifying marketing opportunities, utilizing segmenting, targeting and positioning, and planning and communicating integrated marketing strategies.
MGMT707 - Operations Strategy
This course involves the study of concepts relating to the operations function in both manufacturing and service organizations. Students study how the operations process is responsible for planning, organizing, and controlling resources in order to effectively and efficiently produce goods and services. Formerly - Operations Management
MGMT708 - Aging & Technology
This course identifies and explores aging demographic trends as they relate to technological products, prototypes, and processes and the effect of technology on healthcare, long term care facilities, and the home.
MGMT713 - Fundraising & Development
This course examines the critical role of fundraising and development in successful nonprofit organizations. Students learn to analyze, plan, and evaluate a comprehensive fundraising program and to create elements of a professional fundraising portfolio. The course explores management and leadership issues associated with the rapidly changing field of development and philanthropy.
MGMT714 - Principles of Project Management
This course focuses on the essentials of project management. It approaches project management from the standpoint of managing a single, stand-alone project that is small to medium in size. The course takes attendees through the project life cycle in the same sequence they would face when managing a real project in the workplace. Topics covered include the product and project life cycles, including initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing.
MGMT720 - Social Gerontology
This course develops the student's understanding of the physiological, psychological, and social effects of aging.
MGMT721 - Elder Care Policy & Politics
This course examines the environment in which elder care services are delivered. The course examines legal, regulatory and public policy issues, as well as some of the resulting financing options (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, and private long-term care insurance).
MGMT722 - Housing & Long-Term Care Options
This course introduces issues related to housing and long-term care options for older adults. The course examines the continuum of care available, including home care, adult day care, assisted living, CCRCs, nursing homes, and general retirement communities.
MGMT724 - Marketing to Seniors
This course utilizes a combination of family life cycle and cohort marketing frameworks to understand the issues in marketing products and services to elderly consumers. Students prepare detailed marketing plans and implementation programs for firms or organizations specializing in senior customers.
MGMT726 - Services & Programs for Older Adults
This course examines the theory and practices relevant to the management and administration of programs for the elderly. Deficiencies in current programs and alternative modes of care for the elderly are explored.
MGMT728 - Human Resources Management
This course examines the staffing function of management including planning, recruiting, selection, training, motivation, appraisal, compensation, labor laws, and organizational development. The course also addresses the current issues affecting the human resource manager including the changing work force and need to increase productivity as well as changes in the areas of unions and affirmative action.
MGMT730 - Health Management for Seniors
Health management for older adults is a major issue in contemporary society. This course provides the knowledge base and skill set necessary for interdisciplinary professional practice. The course is conducted in collaboration among Harvard Medical School, Simmons School of Social Work, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Northeastern University School of Pharmacy.
MGMT731 - Human Resource Law
This course introduces students to individual employment law, which is concerned with rules that govern the relations between employers and employees, primarily as applicable to non-unionized workers. The course includes such subject areas as identifying a contract of employment, creation and modification of the employment relationship, the common law obligations of employee and employer, the employer’s statutory obligations to its employees, privacy in the workplace, human rights legislation in the workplace, and the termination of employment.
MGMT734 - Aging in American Society
This class audits the historical views of aging, contrasting earlier perspectives with current ones. Students discuss the position of the elderly in today's American society, with an emphasis on status, heritage, and culture. In addition, students examine the current trends and practices affecting the elderly in American society, including work habits, retirement, and long-term care options.Formerly - MGMT720
MGMT735 - Planning & Writing Grant Proposals
Federal, state and local governments and private foundations have billions of dollars in grant funding to help non-profit organizations carry out their missions. But demand for these resources has increased tremendously in recent years. If an organization is going to compete effectively for the funds it needs, it must develop and carry out a coherent fundraising strategy. Course presentations and exercises cover differences among funding sources, how to research these sources and match a group's mission to a funder's philosophy, and a detailed discussion of how to convert an organization's needs and assets into a successful grant proposal.
MGMT736 - Leadership & Operations in Lodging Mgmt
This course explores successful leadership practices and evaluates organizational models of service and operations within various lodging settings. Leadership principles and management methodologies are assessed and market positioning and operational structures are examined as they related to each segment including hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, campsites, and other lodging properties. Topics covered include: best practices of lodging managers, service design and development, organizational structures, and service system procedures.
MGMT737 - Capital Campaigns & Major Gifts
The core of any fundraising effort is the annual campaign. This course focuses on development of skills for entry or advancement in the fundraising profession. Topics include campaign organization (goals, plan, and calendar); the board and volunteers (their roles, responsibilities, recognition, care and handling); expanding the donor base; solicitation techniques and methods, prospects, ratings, and assignments; direct mail; special events; meetings and agendas; major gifts; and the organizational process.
MGMT740 - Consumer Behavior
This course explores how and why consumers behave the way they do. Consumers can be individual households buying goods and services for their own consumption or they can be buyers in industrial and other business-related markets. The course takes an interdisciplinary, in-depth approach to the study of buyer behavior.
MGMT741 - Marketing Research
This course provides an understanding of the theory and the methods of marketing research through class discussions and project work. The emphasis in this course is on marketing research as an aid to management decision making.
MGMT743 - Fundraising Concepts & Practices
The world of fundraising has become increasingly complex, and knowledge of the various components of fundraising is now essential for anyone wanting to work and advance in this field. This online course introduces students to every major facets of fundraising: the annual fund, working with volunteers, writing successful proposals and grants, capital campaigns, special events, board relations, donor research, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of nonprofit organizations.
MGMT744 - Global Marketing
The purpose of this course is to explore the nature of marketing in a global context. This includes the decision of extending or adapting domestic marketing strategies for use abroad and the special demands of managing the marketing functions globally. Major emphasis is on developing global marketing strategies. However, the course also addresses issues of importance to entrepreneurs just entering global markets.
MGMT745 - Marketing Strategy
This course emphasizes the development of analytical skills for marketing decision making, strategic marketing management concepts, and the effective formulation/implementation of strategic market plans. A variety of teaching methods are used, including cases, lectures, discussion and a computerized marketing simulation. Prerequisite: completion of at least two marketing courses.
MGMT746 - E-Commerce
This course addresses issues related to developing an Internet strategy for both pure play e-tailers and existing brick and mortar organizations. In particular, the course investigates opportunities and threats created by e-commerce, driving Web traffic and developing a customer focus, dealing with disruptive technologies, implementation strategies for new technologies, building trust through security, electronic payment systems, and the international, ethical and public policy challenges raised by electronic commerce.
MGMT747 - Event Management Operations
This course presents a detailed look at operations within the major segments of the event industry including meetings, expositions, special events, and conventions. The course highlights the role of the event manager, whose responsibilities include planning, organizing, directing, and controlling various types of events as well as it’s relationships with outside vendors, contractors, and clientele. Students will explore advanced procedural methodologies as they relate to successful practices within each segment.
MGMT748 - Social Marketing
This course is an application-based course that concentrates on marketing plans for non-profit organizations and marketing plans to implement changes in social policy.
MGMT749 - Ethical Theory & Management
This course introduces the discipline of ethical analysis and its application to management. The course examines different methods of value clarifications, the sources of ethical conflict in management practices, the structure of ethical arguments, as well as the ethical theories and principles associated with management. The course also explores how these concepts are concretely applied in organizations and professional life.
MGMT750 - Ldrship & Ops in Casino & Resort Mgmt
This course explores successful leadership practices and evaluates organizational models of service and operations within casino and resort settings. Leadership principles and management methodologies are assessed and market positioning and operational structures are examined within resort, cruise, and casino properties. Topics covered include: best practices, service design and development, organizational structures, and service system procedures.
MGMT751 - Business Strategy
This course studies strategy formulation and implementation in international and domestic business enterprise. Case analysis and other appropriate methodologies are used to develop the skills and judgment necessary to provide overall direction to the organization. In particular, the course emphasizes the translation of strategy formulation to strategy implementation.
MGMT752 - Change Management
This course focuses on how organizational change can be managed. In order to survive in rapidly changing and highly competitive operating environments, organizations must learn how to continually adapt, evolve, contract, expand, and innovate. Organizational change management is about implementation of business strategies, and more generally, new ideas and practices.
MGMT754 - Revenue Management in Hospitality
This course provides an advanced overview of the revenue management function in the hospitality industry. Revenue management is a method for managing capacity profitably. This course offers an integrated approach to maximizing revenue that includes capacity analysis, demand forecasting, variable pricing, and distribution technology. The objective of this course is to allow students to learn how to apply the principles of revenue management to maximize profitability within the hospitality and events industries. Topics covered include forecasting, overbooking, reservations systems, information technology, process design, pricing, and management and marketing issues.
MGMT755 - Sustainability in Hosp & Event Mgmt
This course takes a progressive look at sustainability issues as they relate to the hospitality and events industries. Students will examine current statistics and environmental problems created by the tourism and events industries, best practices for operations and hospitality business development, and the greening and greenwashing of current hospitality business operations. Students will learn to develop and analyze impactful sustainable practices within the various segments of each industry.
MGMT756 - Policy & Brand Management in Hospitality
This course focuses on management strategies, policy formulation, and strategic operations at upper management levels and explores the importance of customer service as it relates to the organization's brand and service environment. Students will spend the semester learning to analyze consumer feedback to create methods of measuring and assessing customer satisfaction, using critical thinking to examine the significance of organizational branding, consumer trends, and government regulation, and learning to manage a global market in order to operate hospitality businesses with continuous profitability.
MGMT757 - Hosp & Event Law, Ethics, & Risk Mgmt
This course examines how ethical business making decisions effect others, the codes of law relating to the foodservice, travel, event management, and lodging industries, and other relevant topics such as labor relations, security, loss prevention, safety, and risk management. Students will learn about strategic planning and ethical decision-making tactics, why laws are important to the hospitality industry, and the possible consequences of not adhering to these laws and regulations. Repercussions of legal issues are assessed and current issues such as diversity training, sexual harassment policies, and safety and security are examined. Students will study legal procedures, contract law, negligence, consumer relationships, franchise law, and liabilities related to food and alcohol service.
MGMT758 - Service Quality Management
This course explores the application of advanced quality management theories and techniques in lodging, events, and tourism operations with a focus on organizational effectiveness. Case studies and real-life examples facilitate students’ synthesis of previous knowledge with the principles of service quality, and excellence. Students will design and complete a service audit of a local hospitality organization. This is a research-intensive course.
MGMT798 - Research Project Capstone
In this course, students undertake comprehensive research projects under the direction of a faculty mentor. The project is an intensive study based on action research models from the behavioral sciences enabling the student to demonstrate the mastery of the concepts, ideas, knowledge, and insights implicit in the Master of Science in Management curriculum. No later than the semester preceding the undertaking of the Research Project, the student should present to the designated faculty mentor a two-page summary of the proposed research. Each student makes a public and professional presentation of their Capstone Project findings. This course is taken during the student's final graduate semester.The internship is a hands-on working experience in the student’s field of concentration requiring a minimum of 150 hours of placement under the supervision of both an employer and a faculty member. Beginning in the semester preceding the internship placement, the student identifies what type of organization they desire for their internship. The student holds primary responsibility for obtaining a field experience site and is responsible for setting up interviews with prospective internship sites.. The internship supervisor monitors student performance and visits internships sites as needed. On completion of the internship, the student submits a reflection paper to the faculty supervisor on their experience. Students may not perform internships at their current place of employment without prior consent of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. Each student makes a public and professional presentation of the Graduate Internship experience. This course is taken during the student’s final graduate semester.
MGMT799 - Internship Capstone
The internship is a hands-on working experience in the student’s field of concentration requiring a minimum of 150 hours of placement under the supervision of both an employer and a faculty member. Beginning in the semester preceding the internship placement, the student identifies what type of organization they desire for their internship. The student holds primary responsibility for obtaining a field experience site and is responsible for setting up interviews with prospective internship sites.. The internship supervisor monitors student performance and visits internships sites as needed. On completion of the internship, the student submits a reflection paper to the faculty supervisor on their experience. Students may not perform internships at their current place of employment without prior consent of the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. Each student makes a public and professional presentation of the Graduate Internship experience. This course is taken during the student’s final graduate semester.