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Graduate Certificate in
Management Consulting

Program Summary

Gain the knowledge and skills required to succeed as an independent management consultant, member of a consulting firm, or in-house advisor in a corporate or public sector setting with this online graduate certificate program in management consulting.
How To Apply
Apply by March 30 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

9 Credits $1,007 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Management Consulting — Online 

Management consulting firms help organizations improve their performance by analyzing problems and developing plans for improvement, and advising on strategy, operations, finances, human resources, and technology. As a result of the rapidly changing demands of the ever-evolving business world, the management consulting market continues to see strong growth year over year. 

Penn State’s online Graduate Certificate in Management Consulting program can provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in this dynamic and growing field. As a management consultant, you can help clients more readily achieve their goals and objectives by identifying and defining organizational challenges, improving efficiencies, transforming business models, restructuring their workforce and processes, aligning resources, and advising on strategic issues associated with corporate growth and change.

What You Can Expect to Learn

Upon completion of this 9-credit online program, you should be able to:

  • articulate the role of a management consultant and how they create value for their clients
  • understand the lifecycle for a consulting engagement
  • apply research methods and commonly used tools and techniques for analysis and solution generation
  • develop an actionable plan for implementing change that appropriately incorporates generally accepted concepts and theories related to change management
  • identify best practice methods used to develop key client deliverables, such as business cases, cost estimations, recommendations, and final reports
  • utilize contemporary communication tools and techniques to enable the success of a management consulting engagement

The Penn State Difference 

This program is AACSB Accredited

Reputation and Faculty Expertise — This program is delivered in partnership with the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business, which holds AACSB accreditation, an honor reserved for the top 5% of business schools worldwide. You will connect with expert faculty who are passionate about serving nontraditional students and specially trained to teach in an online environment.

Convenience of Online Learning — This graduate-level certificate is one of a small number of programs on today’s market that is delivered completely online. You complete weekly assignments at your preferred pace, giving you the flexibility to balance the demands of your current job.

Unparalleled Connections to Industry — Between our strong alumni network and corporate connections with top companies and practitioners, you will have access to a wealth of resources to help you move your career forward.

Step Up to a Master’s Degree

The Graduate Certificate in Management Consulting is part of our innovative integrated portfolio of online graduate programs. You can earn this certificate as a stand-alone credential or apply the credits used to meet graduate requirements to one of many online master’s degrees, including the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master’s in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or Master’s in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership. A separate application and acceptance are required for each program. 

Who Should Apply?

This online certificate is an ideal choice for professionals with a strong analytical mindset who wish to apply critical thinking and communication skills to solve complex problems across a wide range of industries. Students may seek work within an independent consulting firm or aspire to become an in-house advisor within a corporate or government setting.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

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