Strategic Management Certificate

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Lead Teams and Organizations to Success

Gain the expertise to create growth and achieve business goals with a Strategic Management Certificate from the Carlson School of Management. This AACSB-accredited program focuses on essential management and decision-making principles to deliver the specialized skill set you need to advance your career. Explore corporate direction, business portfolio management, industry analysis, and more as you learn in a flexible format ideal for working professionals.

Associated Degree

Hybrid (primarily online)
8-24 months
work experience
Work experience
No minimum requirement
start date
Start date
January, June, September

Strategic Management Certificate Courses

Students in the Strategic Management Certificate program complete four to six courses, depending on the electives chosen, for a total of 12 credits. Our hands-on curriculum features case studies, group projects, and industry-driven coursework designed to prepare you for the complex landscape of organizational leadership and corporate decision-making. Elective courses are built into the program plan so you can customize your studies to align with your current and future career goals.

  • MBA 6031: Financial Accounting - 3 Credits
  • MBA 6301: Strategic Management  - 3 Credits
  • MGMT 6031: Industry Analysis and Competitive Strategy  - 3 Credits
  • MGMT 6032: Strategic Alliances - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6033: Strategy Implementation - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6041: Competing Globally - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6043: Strategies for Sustainability - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6055: Management of Innovation and Change - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6071: Strategic Management of Technological Change - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6085: Corporate Strategy - 4 Credits
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Make an Impact in Your Organization and Beyond

Every company needs skilled managers who can drive innovation through strategic decision-making. When you finish this certificate program, you'll have the skills and business acumen you need for the next step in your career. 

Demand for management occupations is on the rise, with employment in this occupation group projected to grow faster than the national average through 2032.1 Whether you want to advance in your current role or pursue new professional opportunities, Carlson can prepare you to lead. 

  • $139,790 Median salary for financial managers1
  • $95,290 Median salary for management analysts2
  • $95,141 Median salary for product managers3

Why Earn a Strategic Management Certificate?

Our graduate certificates allow you to take master's-level courses and gain specialized skills through training in a targeted area. You can upskill quickly and earn a valuable credential in as little as eight months. Throughout your program, you will grow your network by learning alongside fellow professionals in classes led by business experts. Plus, the certificate credits you earn can be applied toward Carlson's Part-Time MBA or Online MBA programs.

Tuition Details

Carlson graduate certificates provide the advanced knowledge and hands-on experience you need for professional development and long-term career growth. This program consists of 12 credits with a tuition cost of $1,720 per credit hour.

Admissions Details and Application Deadlines

The Carlson School of Management offers a streamlined online application for our certificate programs. There is no minimum GPA or GRE/GMAT requirement, and our application fee is $75, with a waiver available for active-duty U.S. military service members. You can explore other requirements below.

Admissions Requirements Overview

The following materials are required to apply to the Strategic Management Certificate program:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed application
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges where coursework has been completed
  • Two professional references/recommendations
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • Optional written essay

Application Deadlines



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Round 1October 15February 15May 15
Round 2November 15March 15June 15
Round 3December 15April 15July 15

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Find answers to common questions about the Carlson School of Management's Strategic Management Graduate Certificate below.

The first step is to start your application.

We don't require work experience for admission. Contact us to learn more about our admissions policy.

Earning a certificate in strategic management allows you to upskill quickly in targeted areas that can enhance your career. Possible career paths include management analyst, financial manager, and product manager.

Tuition is $1,720 per credit hour. You'll complete 12 credits for a total tuition cost of $20,640. You can contact us to learn more about tuition and fees.

Most students complete this certificate program in 8-24 months.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Management Occupations. Retrieved from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Business and Financial Occupations. Retrieved from
  3. Average Product Manager (Unspecified Type) Salary. Retrieved from