Elective Course Catalog

Complete your Executive Certificate with a variety of elective courses to maximize your professional development goals.

If your Executive Certificate requires you to take one elective course to complete your certificate, please choose any of the following 4 or 8-week courses. This course catalog is also a listing of our single course offerings if you are looking to take one course at this time.

**Please note**
If you are registering in the Foundations of Supply Chain Management program the following elective courses are excluded:
- Essentials of International Credit and Trade Finance
- Advanced International Credit and Trade Finance
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Global Business Essentials

Applied Financial Management

The Applied Financial Management course within the online Executive Certificate in Global Business Essentials will immerse you in the fundamental concepts and current issues of finance to understand and develop the tools to make global corporate financial decisions.

  • Learn proven tactics for extracting information from financial statements to analyze the operating, investing, and financing activities of a company.
  • Discover effective strategies to manage a firm’s working capital.
  • Apply various valuation techniques to value securities and capital projects.
  • Understand the fundamental pieces of information needed to make valuable, beneficial investment decisions.
  • Perform a working capital analysis to identify a firm’s areas of strengths and weaknesses and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Learn proven methods to evaluate financial statements to direct business toward growth and international expansion.
  • Understand the fundamentals of a complete credit analysis and define the “five C’s” of credit.
  • Recognize the importance of time value of money and how to apply present value concepts to a variety of business circumstances.
  • Discover ways to estimate net cash flows in order to rank prospective investing projects and determine which will provide the greatest return.
  • Realize the importance and usefulness of a thorough financial analysis to a global manager and company stakeholders.



What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Overview of Corporate Financial Management
  • Understand Financial Statements
  • Working Capital Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Time Value of Money
  • Valuing Securities
  • Investment Analysis
  • How to Evaluate an Investment Project

Multinational Financial Management

The Multinational Financial Management online course within the Executive Certificate in Global Business Essentials focuses on intermediate and advanced global financial practices, and methods for developing your analytical skills to make sound financial decisions on a global scale.

  • Understand the relationships between interest rates, foreign exchange, and inflation rates.
  • Recognize how to identify foreign exchange exposures and determine if alternative hedging instruments should be used to manage these exposures.
  • Analyze current risk management strategies and see how they can mitigate the impact of currency fluctuations on foreign cash flows.
  • Evaluate the risks associated with foreign investment opportunities.
  • Learn how to prepare a cross-border valuation analysis, and how to estimate foreign currency discount rates using inflation differentials.
  • Employ different option strategies to maximize return and minimize risk for your organization.
  • Explore how to manage short-term financing, accounts receivable and accounts payable to ensure clear decision making in a global environment.
  • Examine how a global firm’s corporate strategy can affect currency exposure management.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Overview of Advanced Global Financial Management
  • Financial Options
  • Forwards, Futures, and Swaps
  • Short-Term Assets and Liabilities Management
  • Currency Exposures
  • Currency Hedging
  • Country Risks
  • Overview & Recap of Advanced Global Financial Management

Cross-Cultural Communication

The Cross-Cultural Communication online course within the Executive Certificate in Global Business Essentials will help you better identify and understand cultural communication differences to prepare for achieving enhanced communication in a multicultural environment.

  • Examine the definition of culture and the expectation of understanding how culture impacts business relationships.
  • Review your "framework" for analyzing differences and similarities across multiple cultures based the 10 dimensions in The Cultural Orientations Model™.
  • Explore the impact of cultural differences on managerial communications and meeting etiquette.
  • Understand a company’s global branding and market-entry strategies to avoid potential cross-cultural missteps.
  • Distinguish the differences between stereotypes and generalizations when assigning particular cultural orientations to a society, group or individual.
  • Outline the 6 tips to improve effectiveness and productivity of cross-cultural meetings.
  • Define the various levels of culture and identifying cultural competencies necessary for successful global business negotiations.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Examining Culture
  • Debriefing Your Notion of Stereotypes
  • Exploring Dimensions of Culture
  • Exploring Cultural Orientations – North American & Latin America
  • Exploring Cultural Orientation – Western & Eastern Europe
  • Exploring Cultural Orientations – Middle East & Africa
  • Improving Your Cross-Cultural Meetings

Managing Conflict with a Global Mindset

The Managing Conflict with a Global Mindset course within the online Executive Certificate in Global Business Essentials will help you manage communication and conflict by understanding the cultural wants, needs and expectations of others. Learn to adjust your style and techniques to most effectively confront and overcome conflict.

  • Explain how the attributes of a "global mindset" affect global negotiation and conflict management.
  • Learn the tools necessary for evaluating and managing conflict and divergent needs in negotiation.
  • Become more sensitive to key psychological factors, emotional issues and behaviors that can be destructive to problem-solving negotiation.
  • Enhance your awareness of the costs, privacy, flexibility, and efficiency of alternative dispute-resolution and problem-solving techniques.
  • Increase your knowledge of "breakthrough" strategies.
  • Understand conflict management negotiation styles in the context of competitive, impasse, breakdown and difficult situations to resolve conflict.
  • Enhance your problem solving skills and finding alternative resolutions to resolve disputes.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Introduction to Global Mindset Attributes and Conflict Management
  • Framework for Conflict Management Styles
  • Negotiation as Conflict Management
  • Cultural Implications of Conflict Management
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Applying the Breakthrough Strategy
  • Problem Solving for Conflict Management
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

International Credit and Trade Finance

Essentials of International Credit and Trade Finance

The Essentials of International Credit & Trade Finance course within the online Executive Certificate in International Credit & Trade Finance will enhance your understanding of global trade, international sales and payment, cash flow and credit lines.

  • Develop a firm understanding of the fundamentals of global trade concepts.
  • Understand international trade, credit, and accounts receivable management.
  • Enhance your knowledge of international sales and determining payment terms for those global transactions.
  • Strategize how you will document collections and letters of credit.
  • Determine international customer risks and financial statement analysis.
  • Learn the international trade creditors guide to cash flow and credit lines.
  • Understand international credit risk protection mechanisms and risk mitigation techniques.
  • Define the importance of international cash management and the collections process.


What Will Be Covered in Your 10 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Global Trade Concepts
  • International Trade, Credit and Accounts Receivable Management
  • International Payment and Shipping Terms
  • Documentary Collections and Letters of Credit
  • International Customer Risks and Financial Statements Analysis
  • Looking Beyond the Numbers
  • International Trade Creditor’s Guide to Cash Flow and Credit Lines
  • International Credit Risk Protection Mechanisms and Risk Mitigation Techniques
  • International Cash Management and Collections

Advanced International Credit and Trade Finance

The Advanced International Credit & Trade Finance online course within the Executive Certificate in International Credit & Trade Finance focuses on intermediate and advanced credit and trade concepts to enhance your decision making strategy.

  • Define advanced international financial statement analysis, and how to analyze credit risk assessments.
  • Understand advanced export trade finance techniques for your organization.
  • Determine export financing alternatives, and working capital management.
  • Learn about global credit operations, credit portfolio analysis, and effective portfolio management on an international level.
  • Effectively understand international laws, collections, and compliance.
  • Develop an understanding of cross-border bankruptcies and how to compare bankruptcies among countries and regions.
  • Implement global credit and accounts receivable process improvement initiatives.


What Will Be Covered in Your 8 Week Professional Development Course?

  • Advanced International Financial Statement Analysis and Credit Risk Assessment
  • Advanced Export Trade Finance Techniques
  • Global Credit Operations
  • Global Credit Portfolio Analysis and Portfolio Management
  • Cross-Border Bankruptcies
  • Enhancing the Foreign Trade Creditor’s Position
  • Global Credit and Accounts Receivable Initiatives

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