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Global Business

Global Business Certificate Program

In today's global economy, business organizations need to think beyond national boundaries and develop expertise in working in a variety of markets. Working internationally requires that we learn to understand and appreciate diverse cultures, while serving the strategic needs and mission of our own organization. The Global Business post-baccalaureate certificate program provides a flexible curriculum that allows business students to individualize their study.



About the Global Business Certificate Program

Global Business Goals and Courses

Additional Information

Other courses focused on global topics may also be applied to this certificate, with the permission of an academic adviser or academic dean. Finance and economics courses typically require prerequisites.

Global Business Tuition

Post-baccalaureate students at Northwestern's School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about financial obligations and tuition, please visit the Tuition page.

Admission for the Global Business Certificate Program

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found on the Admission page.

Global Business Registration Information

Whether you're a first-time registrant or current and returning student, all students register using our online student registration and records systems. Important information about registering for courses at SPS, including registration timelines and adding or dropping courses in which you are already enrolled, can be found on the Registration Information page.

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Program Courses:Course Detail
Topics: International Accounting <> ACCOUNT 390-DL

This course covers accounting issues uniquely confronted by companies involved in international business. The primary focus of the course is to provide an overview of international accounting by drawing on real business problems, economies, and finance in order to understand what is contained in and how to develop and interpret financial reports. The course includes fundamental financial accounting concepts and methods across countries.

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition.

There is no available section.
Economics Developing Countries <> ECON 326-CN

This course examines the economic structure, performance and problems of developing nations and emerging markets. Topics will include land use, labor, migration, credit, insurance and famine, with a focus on building students' understanding of the fundamental scholarship, debates and economic methodologies in this area. The course will also discuss development economics as a set of tools and as an evolving discipline in the post-colonial historical context. Students should be comfortable with basic micro- and macroeconomic concepts. Prerequisites: ECON 281, 310-A,-B, 311. Students may benefit from prior coursework in statistics, econometrics, or mathematical economics, though prior work in these areas is not required by prerequisite. Students should have a working understanding of microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, preferably including one quarter of introductory coursework in each area. 

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International Finance <> ECON 362-CN

This course will cover many of the basic concepts and facts needed to understand the functioning of international financial markets, including determination of exchange rates, balance of payments, and international asset flows and prices; international transmission of macroeconomic disturbances. Prerequisite: ECON 281, 310-A,-B, or equivalent.

There is no available section.
Introduction to Finance <> FINANCE 202-CN

An introductory course covering the basic concepts and models used in finance. Explores the mathematics and spreadsheet modeling techniques used in evaluating various financial assets, including stocks and bonds. Also surveys the risk-return tradeoff in financial markets and how investors gauge risk, as well as the basic concepts of Markowitz's mean-variance portfolio theory. The nature and impact of interest-rate risk on financial institutions is considered, and the duration of a financial asset is introduced in this context. Introduces the efficient market hypothesis and its implications for personal investing and corporate finance. Prerequisite: MATH 101, STAT 202, or college algebra, statistics, financial accounting, microeconomics, and macroeconomics, or equivalents. Carries business credit.

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Introduction to Finance <> FINANCE 202-DL

The focus of this course will be on quantitative tools that are primarily used in the field of finance. In particular, we will put heavy emphasis on the mathematics of interest rates, including the tools used to value common stock and fixed rate bonds. We will discuss how rates of return for these instruments are measured. We will then look at the capital budgeting process and learn how managers determine in which projects to invest a firm’s limited resources. We will also study the probabilistic and statistical tools necessary to understand how investors and financial economists evaluate risk. Primary emphasis will be on an intuitive understanding of portfolio theory and its impact on estimating the expected return on an asset given its systematic risk through use of the Capital Asset Pricing Model. The course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition.

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International Marketing <> MKTG 360-CN

This course will examine both international marketing and the effort to market to various cultures within the United States. In both cases, we need to understand what is unique about each market and how the market is influenced by local culture and values. Effective marketing plans and advertising campaigns need to be built upon such understanding. Perceiving cultural differences both in foreign countries and in the American market is particularly important for managers in charge of managing global business or developing a global brand.

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International Business <> ORG_BEH 372-CN

This course is an introduction to successfully collaborating to build partnerships and drive solutions through business acumen and judgment to efficiently execute key business drivers of global organizations. The course will cover diverse global issues, including the challenges of cultural differences in a corporation when increasing its global platform and contributing to its core growth strategies, influencing diverse global functional departments, negotiation, leadership, project management, managing risk and building consensus on business opportunities for global companies, advising on global expansion and integrating global businesses. Students should develop the skills and appreciation of effectively contributing to a company's growth and success in an international market with a global perspective.

There is no available section.
Topics in Management: Global Leadership ORG_BEH 391-DL

Leadership of global organizations requires understanding, appreciating and managing the impact of culture and the interplay of cultural patterns in everyday interactions. To be successful, leaders must be able to interpret complex cultural contexts and develop intercultural competence, not only in themselves but in the people they lead and the other organizations they work with. This course is designed to help students identify and explore the essential elements of a global mindset. Students examine the leadership styles of 21st century global leaders as they work collaboratively in teams to develop a unified construct of effective global leadership. This course is part of the second year Business Leadership cohort. This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition. 

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