2021-2022 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Official Certificate Program in Business Leadership

Admission Requirements 

  Program Description

Central Connecticut State University is offering a timely program designed for today's business professionals. This graduate-level certificate is intended for emerging leaders, supervisors, and managers of all levels. Both experienced and inexperienced managers and supervisors will gain a comprehensive perspective from this program. The program focuses on developing the skills required to progress into competent business leaders.


Academic Rationale

This program will provide a rigorous certificate that can be paired with a bachelors or as an add-on to an existing business specialization in the MBA.



  Demand Rationale

This program has been requested by local organizations (e.g., COCC) so they can develop business leaders from their current employees.


  Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (or the international equivalent) with an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.70 or higher. No GMAT is required. Applicants with a GPA between 2.40 and 2.69 may be considered for conditional admission.


Application to the Certificate Program in Business Leadership includes online submission of the application, official transcripts, and an application fee; see

http://www.ccsu.edu/grad/admission/. In addition, submit a current resume. Instructions for uploading the resume will be found within the online graduate application.


International Students

In addition to the above, international applicants must meet University standards for international admission including submission of:

  • Unless waived by the University , TOEFL or IELTS scores;
  • Course-by-course evaluation of foreign credentials from a NACES member evaluation service;and
  • Original translations of foreign academic record.



OCP Requirements (12 credits)

Core Required Courses (6 Credits)

AC 531Accounting Information for Decision Making


MGT 531Managing and Leading in the Contemporary Organization


6 Credits of Advisor Approved Electives

LAW 550Advanced Business Law & Ethical Leadership


BUS 594Independent Study In Business


BUS 598Special Topics in Business


Total Credit Hours: 12