Graduate-Level Certificates

Each graduate certificate program consists of five, 3-credit courses that may be taken as part of a master's program, an extension of a master's program, or as stand-alone programs. Courses in these certificate programs may also be taken by matriculated or non-matriculated students individually.

Certificate Programs (Offered Online)


Rosemont College Online offers a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship for those intrigued by the venture of starting their own business. Our program offers students course material that will not only contribute to their career success as a businessperson and entrepreneur, but also provides the tools in assisting you to develop your business plan. Rosemont College Online offers the graduate certificate in entrepreneurship program as a resource to support your business vision by equipping you with the skills, knowledge and background to make your entrepreneurial goals a success. The five courses in the program explorer research case studies, hands-on activities, class discussions, practice and powerful tools to develop your business plan.

This program is offered at an accelerated level that requires 15 credit hours for completion. Course offerings are specific to graduate-level MBA courses. Rosemont’s certificate program is desirable for those who are currently unable to commit to a full degree program but still wish to obtain a competitive advantage in developing hands-on skills to help them start their own business. The graduate certificate in entrepreneurship program is completed within six to nine months on the basis of completing five courses (15 total credit hours), which will be offered in a seven-week, accelerated format.

Admission Requirements:

1.    Completed Application for Admission
2.    Official College Transcript
3.    Statement of Purpose (How this certificate program will help my career: 2-3 paragraphs)
4.    Resume

Required Courses

MBA-6700  Competing in a Global Market
Building on the Marketing Theory and Data Analysis courses, students examine the types of decisions that marketing managers make when developing foreign markets.  Various economic, political, and legal dimensions of the world will be related to the global marketplace.  Special emphasis is placed on how business processes are conducted and how to develop global marketing strategies.  (Pre-requisites include Marketing Theory and Data Analysis).  3 credits.


MBA-6620  Decision Making Methods
This course develops competence and judgmental skills in using quantitative models for planning and decision-making. Emphasis is placed on recognizing situations where models can be used advantageously, when to work effectively with them, and how to make good use of them once they have been developed. Topics include, decision making under conditions of uncertainty, decision and risk analysis, forecasting, linear programming, modeling applications in marketing, manufacturing, finance and scheduling, and project management methods.  3 credits.


MGT-6735 Business Plan I: Overview of the Entrepreneurial Adventure

This is part one of two highly interactive classes which will guide students in building their own business plan. Important concepts such as recognizing opportunities and testing feasibility will be covered, along with planning in the following areas: management, the organization, and the product or service. The Kauffman online platform will be utilized to provide videos, integrated case studies and corporate examples in the place of a required text.

MGT-6631 Managerial Accounting

This course studies the accounting functions, principles, and concepts underlying financial reporting which are important for all entrepreneurships. Primary emphasis is placed on the use of financial reports to evaluate corporate performance and the use of accounting information for internal planning and control, cash flow, and financial analysis.

MGT-6740 Business Plan II: Marketing and Financial Planning

Students will apply the entrepreneurial concepts that they have learned throughout this course to create a detailed entrepreneurial business plan. The Kauffmann Program will continue to be utilized to review the multitude of issues related to the process, including marketing planning and financial planning.

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Certificate in Digital Content and eLearning for Publishing

*Program under development. Please check back for launch date.

The online Graduate Certificate in Digital Content and eLearning for Publishing is a certificate ideal for those currently in the digital publishing field, or for those who are looking to enter that field. With the addition of digital publishing in the publishing world, many professionals were left without the ideal skills, language and thought processes necessary to navigate the digital publishing world. Students will begin with a foundation of book or periodical publishing before continuing to learn about the digital publishing process as it begins from development to distribution. Throughout the certificate, students are encouraged to discuss the best and worst cases and begin to develop and create their own critical thinking skills as they pertain to digital publishing. All courses are taught online using a collaborative digital platform which encourages sharing of ideas and knowledge among peers.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credits
  • Comprised of 3-credit classes
  • Introductory class is free and not subject to admission requirements (asynchronistic)
  • Students must take 5 courses, but have the opportunity to take 1 additional course
  • May be completed in 1.5-2 semesters
  • Entrepreneurial class may be taken as a standalone class and is not subject to admissions requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Online application form
  • All previous undergraduate (and graduate) official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references
  • TOEFL scores for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Statement of Purpose (3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced) that addresses your educational and professional goals for applying for the certificate program.
  • Resume
All written documents (statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and resume) must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document to

    Course Descriptions

    Trends in Digital Publishing | 0 Credits

    This course will provide a foundation for understanding the digital evolution and its impact on the publishing industry. It will touch on historical events, such as the introduction of the tablet, the Apple/DOJ case, ebooks, enhanced ebooks, the idea of content, and ECM. Participants will then focus on current trends, issues, and specific components and players in the digital publishing world. Students will leave the course with the foundation necessary to understand the vocabulary, concepts, and current environment of digital publishing.

    *This course will be offered at no charge to any person interested in obtaining a solid foundation in the evolution of digital publishing, general current trends, and potential concerns or issues the industry will face in the future.


    Digital Strategies for Book Publishers | 3 Credits

    In this course, students will examine all the issues digital book publishers face in this ever-evolving industry. Students will begin with a look at the transition from print to digital and move to the current landscape in the marketplace, as well as discuss potential future trends. Students will spend a significant portion of the class examining the digital strategies of various sectors and specific companies of the industry, such as trade, higher education, and small literary presses.


    *Students take Digital Strategies for Book Publishers OR Digital Strategies for Periodical Publishing*


    Digital Strategies for Periodical Publishing | 3 Credits

    In this course, students will examine all the issues digital periodical publishers (journals, literary, trade, and commercial magazine, online news magazines, etc.) face in this ever-evolving industry. Students will begin with a look at the decline in print magazines as a result of loss of ad revenue as it forced the transition from print to digital. From there, students will look to the current landscape in the marketplace as well as discuss potential future trends. Students will spend a significant portion of the class examining the digital strategies of various sectors and specific companies of the industry.


    Sales & Distribution Strategies for Digital Content | 3 Credits

    In today’s competitive marketplace, it is crucial for publishers and other content providers to turn digital content into revenue. This is accomplished with a strong sales and distribution strategy. In this course, students will learn how to get created content to the consumer using various distribution methods and channels. Students will also look at content delivery networks to ensure high availability and high performance. Students will also learn how to collect and analyze sales data to track the sales of digital assets. Case studies will be examined to determine best practices. Students will leave the course with the knowledge to develop comprehensive sales and distribution strategies.


    Digital Content Marketing | 3 Credits

    In order to reach and engage the largest number of potential customers, publishers and other content providers must understand and leverage appropriate digital content marketing. Publishers must have a well-planned digital strategy to succeed in today’s challenging marketplace. This course provides a thorough, foundational overview of the best practices of digital content marketing. Beginni withng a discussion of internet display advertising and its evolution from click-throughs to retargeting, students will examine concepts and principles of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) before turning to an in-depth look at why and how marketers are embracing social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest to enhance brand awareness, build loyalty, and create communities of truly engaged customers. Case studies from a cross section of the publishing industry will illustrate strategies and tactics.


    eLearning Principles and Strategies | 3 Credits

    eLearning has become a critical part of not only continuing education for professionals and those with busy schedules, but also as a hybrid or blended model supplementing traditional education options. Improving technologies including sophisticated LMSs (Learning Management Systems) are enabling rich learning experiences and strong connections between learners with online classes often structured around cohorts. New subscription-based publishing models that include content presented in a more "atomized" way and organized around discrete learning objectives within a broader subject make the creation of learning paths through content easier to curate. The newly launched credentialing platform of badging developed by Mozilla's Open Badges Network, and eLearning that lacks accreditation, may no longer have less value to employers. Students will examine the issues of this quickly evolving movement in education.


    Best Practices in Digital Content Development | 3 Credits

    Content strategy plays a vital role in the realm of digital publishing. Content developers must take into account not only who will be viewing the content but how the content will be viewed, on what device, and so forth. In this class, students will look at research on current consumer trends (what consumers are willing to read, when and how long, what attracts and distracts them, where their eyes scan on a given page depending upon the device, etc). Students will focus on case studies – successes and failures – to develop a model. Students will leave this course with a greater understanding of what works and why, what takes content from a mere deliverable to wowing the consumer, while promoting brand, product, and mission, and ultimately creating significant return on investment (ROI).


    Digital Publishing for Authors & Entrepreneurs | 3 Credits

    More publishing options emerge every day making it difficult for the publishing entrepreneur to navigate the growing field of possibilities. Students will examine the major self-publishing players such as Amazon and Blurb, and compare their services. It will look at various publishing strategies, such as print on demand (POD), print to digital, and digital to print. Students will also look at finances (pre-publication set-up, printing/publishing, and distribution) and what one gains and relinquishes, and delve into topics such as pricing and marketing. Students will have a solid understanding of how this segment of the publishing industry works and how it can most benefit them and their projects.


    *This course may be taken as a standalone class, but students will be expected to self-teach any components unfamiliar to them. For students enrolled in the certificate, they must take all of the other certificate classes prior to registering for this class.


    Please note: For individuals who require student loans, the certificate is currently under review by the Department of Education. This should not impact the application process. All approvals should be granted by the end of the spring semester. 

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    Health Care

    The graduate certificate in Healthcare Administration is designed for healthcare workers who hold non-administrative degrees and for administrative degree holders who have no healthcare experience and wish to seek employment in health care.

    Admissions Requirements:

    1.    Completed Application for Admission
    2.    Official College Transcript
    3.    Statement of Purpose (How this certificate program will help my career: 2-3 paragraphs)

    Required Courses

    HCA-6001 Healthcare Organization and Administration | 3 credits

    An overview of the organization and structure of health care in the United States. Principles of the administration of health care organizations will be explored with emphasis on resources, system organization and technology. Analysis of the interaction between the health care organization and social-environmental issues and the design implementation of health care delivery systems.

    HCA-6002 Economics of Health Care and Public Policy| 3 Credits

    An examination of legislative, regulatory and political processes and their effect on the delivery of health care. This course discusses the role of health care organizations in public policy issues and the analysis of socioeconomic factors such as health sector, medical markets and health care regulation.

    HCA-6003 Risk Management and Patient Affairs | 3 Credits

    Survey of major legal issues impacting the administration of health care. This course will cover liability, licensure, malpractice, patient rights, JCAHO compliance and regulatory factors.

    HCA-6005 Psychosocial Aspects of Health | 3 Credits

    A survey of psychological, social and behavioral theories as they relate to health issues such as chronic illness, mental illness and disability. Students will examine the changing role of the health care provider in contemporary society.

    HCA-6006 Long-term Care Administration | 3 Credits  

    Reviews theory and practice related to long term care administration and policy. Legal and ethical aspects of long-term care facilities and alternatives to nursing home care will be explored. The course examines the external forces that impact on the operation and management of long-term care facilities; including government payors, state regulatory bodies, and national accreditation bodies.

    Leadership Studies

    The graduate certificate in Leadership Studies equips students with the knowledge, skills, experiences, attitudes, perspectives, and tools necessary to understand the broad-based concepts associated with leadership in a variety of individual, organizational, and community settings in an ever changing, pluralistic, global society.

    Admissions Requirements:

    1.    Completed Application for Admission
    2.    Official College Transcript
    3.    Statement of Purpose (How this certificate program will help my career: 2-3 paragraphs)
    4.    Resume

    Required Courses

    MSL-6600 Leadership Fundamentals: Ethical Leadership & Values Driven Organizations 
    This course focuses on differentiating the conceptual and theoretical aspects and models of leadership and leadership studies in order for students to apply leadership skills and principles in their places of business.  The fundamentals of leadership are taught with an emphasis on how to live out these fundamentals in an ethical manner. 3 credits.
    MSL-6625 Organizational Psychology & Behavior
    This course focuses on employee behavior and processes in organizations.  The focus of this course is on individual, group, inter-group and organizational wide behavior and its impact on employee satisfaction and productivity.  The course attempts to add to each student’s understanding of life in complex organizations by covering topics which span the micro or individual level of analysis (motivation, decision making) and the macro or organizational level of analysis (culture, structure).  Attention is given to group dynamics, change and development. 3 credits.


    MSL 6670 Leading Change for Innovation and Alignment
    A leader’s ability to understand and follow the change management process in a collaborative manner is a vital skill to master.  A proactive mindset is a critical element in successful business or personal change.  Students will learn the various change management models, problem solve to find the best ways to leverage change agents and how best to manage ethical change.  Students will create a model of change for workplace application. 3 credits.


    MSL 6710 Globalization and Cultural Negotiation

    Today's business success requires intercultural awareness as well as effective cross cultural and cross generational communication skills. This course demonstrates the importance of cross cultural and cross generational communication and the benefits of being sensitive to the differences in organizational settings. Concepts of negotiating styles, cultural differences, proper etiquette and conflict/resolution will be discussed at length. 3 credits.

    MSL 6730 Developing a Learning Organization for the Knowledge Based Economy

    Students in this course will learn forward thinking concepts of coaching, mentoring and succession planning to promote a learning organization.  Students will learn how to leverage the Human Capital Management model as a tool to foster knowledge transfer between employees.  A focus of the course will be the elevation of learning to a strategic organizational imperative. 3 credits.

    Forensic Psychology

    Forensic Psychology is a rapidly emerging field where the legal system intersects with the mental health profession. The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Concentration in Forensic Psychology is designed to train practitioners to provide psychological services to, and within, the criminal and civil justice systems, including civil, criminal and family court systems. This 15-credit curriculum satisfies state requirements for education and field experience, preparing students to seek Licensure as a Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania, in addition to fulfilling specialized courses in the field of forensic psychology. Special emphasis will be placed on victimology, offender treatment, mental health law, juvenile justice and delinquency, and family court dynamics. Upon completion of the program, students are qualified to be employed as professional counselors in settings where expertise in forensics is necessary. Such settings include child welfare agencies, state mental health facilities, jails and prisons, community mental health centers, juvenile correction facilities, government agencies, family courts and private practice.


    Admissions Requirements:

    1.    Completed Application for Admission
    2.    Official College Transcript
    3.    Statement of Purpose

    Program Courses*

    PSY 6025 Psychopathology II
    PSY 6089 Trauma Studies
    PSY 6300 Contemporary Issues in Forensics
    PSY 6330 Victimology
    PSY 6345 Juvenile Justice, Delinquency and Development
    PSY 6350 Offender Treatment

    *Students choose 5 out of the 6 courses

    Please Note:  “This program is eligible for Title IV financial aid only as a part of the Graduate Counseling Psychology degree program and not as a stand alone certificate.”

    Certificates Offered

    • Digital Content & eLearning for Publishing
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Health Care Administration
    • Leadership Studies



    All tuition charges for programs in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Studies are assessed by the number of credit hours in which you enroll for a given semester. When creating your personal budget for your college expenses you will need to estimate costs for books, transportation, and other miscellaneous items. Student loan information is available through the Office of Financial Aid; questions regarding payments and payment plans should be directed to the Office of Student Accounts.

    For 2014-2015:
    SGPS tuition per credit hour: $635
    General fee per credit hour: $35