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Professional Development Programs
Our high-quality professional development programs are taught by experienced faculty who are leaders in their fields. Courses are organized around experiential activities, case studies and other projects to help working professionals develop new skills.
Select a Certificate
- Business Analytics for Practitioners
The Business Analytics program will prepare professionals for roles as strategic practitioners who leverage predictive analysis and predictive modeling to drive smart business decisions.
- Business Analytics for Decision Makers
Business analytics is a quickly growing field. This program will teach decision makers how their companies can tap into the power of available data without being overwhelmed by it
- Divorce Mediation Training Program
Divorce Mediation has become an increasingly respected and proven means for helping couples work through difficult decisions amicably in order for them to move ahead with a divorce. This intensive five-day course provides students with the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to assist couples who are separated or divorcing in reaching an agreement on critical issues.
- Mediation Skills Training Program
Mediating is an invaluable skill in any job. From sales negotiations to workplace disputes to legal arbitration, professionals in a wide range of industries face potential conflicts each day. This five-day mediation course helps students navigate themselves or their colleagues through these challenging moments. Using diverse role-play situations, mediation trainers help students move from confrontation to collaboration.
- SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Preparation
Now, more than ever, HR teams are required to assume a greater leadership role, contributing to the strategic direction their respective organizations. The profession is no longer just about WHAT you know- but HOW you do your job.
- SHRM Essentials for HR Management
Human resource issues impact every company in some way. That's why it's important to understand the fundamental issues surrounding HR today.
Museums and Fundraising
- Museum Studies
The museum studies program crosses academic and professional boundaries. Theory and practical experience come together in a curriculum that prepares participants for professional or volunteer careers in administration and specialty disciplines within museums, zoos, aquariums, parks and botanical gardens.
- Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations
This program is ideal for nonprofit administration professionals who wish to enhance their skills as well as those who might be considering nonprofit administration as a second career. This program explores the issues that are often unique to nonprofit organizations with a particular emphasis on fundraising.
Science and Technology
- Fostering Innovation in Biotechnology
Prepare for leadership roles within biotechnology organizations by using a combination of case study analysis, group projects, guest lectures and personal interviews with industry experts to gain an understanding of the necessary talent and technology elements to support commercial success within the industry.
- Mobile Application Design and Development
Learn to create and launch successful mobile applications and websites optimized across a range of devices.
- Agile Project Management
Project managers, both new and experienced alike, are using Agile skills to get projects that have constantly moving parts done quickly. Learn from industry experts on how to execute a successful project through Agile best practices and work toward your PMI-ACP® certification.
- Project Management
In ever increasing numbers, organizations are turning to project management to help them gain competitive advantage. Regardless of size or industry, project driven or not, companies can leverage project management techniques to help them complete work on time and on budget in an environment which reinforces alignment with organizational strategy.
- Certified Financial Planner
Financial planning encompasses a broad range of skills including budgeting, taxation, investing, retirement and estate planning. However, not all financial advisers are created equal. Financial planners with CFP Board certification have the industry leading credential that can help propel them ahead in their chosen career.
- The Dalton Review® for the CFP® Exam
Northwestern University has partnered with The Dalton Review® to offer a CFP® Certification Examination Review Course for individuals who are preparing to take the CFP® Certification Examination. Students are strongly urged to complete an examination review course prior to taking the comprehensive exam.
- Certified Treasury Professional
This certification serves as a benchmark of competency in the finance profession and is recognized as the leading credential in corporate treasury worldwide.
- Certified Internal Auditor
Elevate your standing in the audit community, boost your career opportunities and earn credibility with auditor certification.
Leadership and Management
- Fundamentals of Leadership
A new program for professionals across industries, this certificate program focuses on authentic leadership. Examine leadership styles and basic change models. Learn the most effective ways to motivate and lead effective teams. Create a strong self-awareness of your personal leadership style that will aid you in your career or a graduate level program.
- Certificate in Jewish Leadership
Participants will learn best practices drawn from contemporary leadership principles and classical Jewish texts and thought. Lectures, group work and individual mentoring are led by Northwestern University and Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership faculty, as well as prominent nonprofit and business leaders in the Jewish community.
- BRIDGE School of Management (India)
The Joint Certificate in Predictive Analytics between the BRIDGE School of Management in India and Northwestern University is a unique international partnership delivering blended education in analytics needed for students to be successful in India’s most data-driven companies.