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Business Management Microcertificates

Build specialized management skills in 2-course microcertificates.

  • Number of Courses

    2

  • Time to Completion

    1 to 3 semesters

  • Microcertificate Cost

    $6,680

Strong leaders are an essential part of many workplaces. In our curated collection of 2-course management microcertificate for 2024-25, you can build skills to be an effective leader.

  • Person climbing toward a flag.

    Accelerated. Earn a Harvard credential in 2 courses.

  • Diploma.

    Stackable. Apply courses toward a graduate certificate — or degree.

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    Actionable. Gain a new skill set for real-world impact.

Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Become an effective negotiator by engaging the powers of active listening, empathy, and creativity. Through the Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Microcertificate, you’ll build the necessary skills to grow as a leader and effectively manage individual and organizational conflict.

Learn how to apply theoretical concepts to enhance negotiation strategies and outcomes. Gain confidence in identifying opportunities and integrating new elements, partners, or processes into the negotiation dynamic. Explore adaptive strategies to address the challenges that arise in complex negotiation scenarios.

Courses (Choose 2)

  • Required: MGMT 4225 Negotiation and Organizational Conflict Resolution
  • Choose 1 from 3 options:
    • MGMT 4230 Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Strategies
    • MGMT 4232 Mediation: Problem-solving Across Differences
    • ENVR 155 Principles and Practices of Climate Change Negotiations

Stackable Pathway

The microcertificate courses can stack toward the Business Communications or Organizational Behavior 4-course graduate certificates.

Skills & Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Advanced Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Microcertificate, you will be able to demonstrate agility and flexibility in navigating complex, multi-party conflicts and utilize negotiation theories to adeptly manage both individual and organizational negotiations.

Project Management Methodologies Microcertificate

The Project Management Methodologies Microcertificate will provide you with the frameworks and hands-on application needed to successfully guide project development from start to finish. This microcertificate is an excellent option for anyone involved in project management as well as those looking to transition into a project management role.

You will gain fluency in applying Agile, waterfall, and Scrum methodologies and frameworks to a team-based setting.

Courses (Select 2)

  • Required: MGMT 5030 Project Management
  • Choose 1 from 2 options:
    • MGMT 5044 Product Development with Scrum
    • MGMT 5042 Agile Project Management

Stackable Pathway

The microcertificate courses can stack toward the Project Management 4-course graduate certificate.

Skills & Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Project Management Methodologies Microcertificate, you will be able to choose the best approach to successfully engage all stakeholders in the project process. The microcertificate may help you build the skills to excel in such roles as project manager, team lead, director, or consultant.

Statistics

Advanced statistics training can set you apart in data-rich fields like finance, healthcare, and marketing. Our Statistics Microcertificate will help you learn how to apply statistical analysis to evaluate real-world problems using basic descriptive measures of association, simple linear regressions, and ANOVAs.

You will gain skills in statistical computing and data analysis — which can be used to evaluate and interpret research data — and use statistical software such as R to analyze and translate data to communicate meaningful findings.

Courses (Select 2)

You will choose one anchor and one elective course from the following course options.

  • Anchor:
    • STAT 100 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences and Humanities
    • STAT 102 Fundamentals of Biostatistics
    • STAT 104 Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Economics and Other Quantitative Fields.
    • MGMT 104 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics and Finance
  • Elective:
    • CSCI 106 Data Modeling
    • MATH 156 Mathematical Statistics
    • STAT 109 Statistical Modeling
    • STAT 150 Intermediate Statistics
    • STAT 160 Statistical Modeling for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • STAT 220 Advanced Statistics

Stackable Pathway

The microcertificate courses can stack toward the Industrial-Organizational Psychology or Mathematics for Teaching 12-course graduate degrees.

Skills & Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Statistics Microcertificate, you will understand the basics of statistical computing and data analysis — such as simple linear regression, logistic power analysis, ANOVA, and ANCOVA — and be able to formulate strong hypotheses using quantitative reasoning and visualization.

Starting and Completing a Microcertificate

To begin, you simply register for your first course for the microcertificate — no application required.

To earn the microcertificate, you will complete two microcertificates courses at the graduate level and with a grade of B or higher, within one year — a total of three semesters. This short timeline will support momentum and reinforce the learning between the two related courses.

To request your microcertificate, log in to MyDCE and complete the Certificate Course Tracker and Request Form. You must request your certificate within 30 days of the release of your final grade in your last microcertificate course (see calendar for dates). If you do not request your microcertificate after this deadline, it won’t be awarded until the next awarding cycle, which is at the end of the subsequent semester. 

Cost of a Microcertificate

Learning on a budget doesn’t have to mean compromising on your goals. Our 2-course microcertificates cost $6,680 ($3,340 per course), making it an affordable alternative or stepping stone to a longer academic program.

FAQs

What is a management microcertificate?

A management microcertificate is a set of short, competency-based courses you complete to gain and demonstrate mastery of business management topics.

  • A short timeline. Other continuing education options, like master’s degrees, can be a significant time commitment and may not fit life or your goals. Microcertificates allow you delve into highly focused topic and earn a graduate-level credential with only 2 courses.
  • Stackability. Our management microcertificates are designed to stack with at least one graduate certificate. They are also stackable toward certain master’s degrees.
  • A verified Harvard credential. Harvard confers CeCertificates, an official, secure, and verifiable PDF version of your accomplishment. You can share it with your colleagues, employers, or friends and family. You also have the option to provide your Certified Electronic Document Identifier and validation URL on your resume for easy access.

Who should enroll in a management microcertificate?

Managers and leaders across fields and industries looking to increase employee satisfaction and team productivity or fill skill gaps in project management can benefit from a microcertificate.

For those aiming to fast-track their professional growth, microcertificates are specifically crafted to help career accelerators cultivate a focused skill set promptly. At the same time, they serve as a valuable resource for individuals committed to lifelong learning, facilitating their educational pursuits.

How do I get my microcertificate?

Harvard confers CeCertificates, an official, secure, and verifiable PDF version of your accomplishment. Share it with your colleagues, employers, or friends and family. You also have the option to provide your Certified Electronic Document Identifier and validation URL on your resume for easy access.

Who teaches the management microcertificate courses at Harvard?

The courses featured in the microcertificates are taught by Harvard Extension School instructors, who teach across Harvard as experts in management practices, organizational behavior, finance, marketing, and more. They bring a genuine passion for teaching — students give our faculty an average rating of 4.6 out of 5.

Visit our faculty page to meet some of them.

How will a microcertificate in management help me improve my career or company?

Completion of a management microcertificate shows proficiency in specific industry competencies — such as the methodologies and frameworks of project management and promoting a happy and engaging work culture — while earning academic credit. In a semester or two, you can upskill or reskill to demonstrate initiative and develop new skills in your place of business.

How many hours will I spend on a management microcertificate each week?

The amount of time you’ll spend on a management microcertificate varies from class to class and student to student. Generally, outside of the time spent in class, students spend 8 to 10 hours doing work for a HES class.

Who do I contact with questions?

We are here to help. Send us an email at Microcredentials@Extension.Harvard.edu.