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MBA Certificates Provide Fast Path to Professional Growth

by Nicole Hackett, Student Public Relations Writer

Professionals interested in earning a certificate in cybersecurity management, healthcare administration or operations management now have an affordable option at Cedarville University. The university’s school of business administration has been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission to offer these online graduate certificates beginning in the spring 2020 semester.

Cedarville’s board of trustees approved the certificates in January, and the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission approved the certificates a month later.

"External review by our accrediting bodies validated the benefit of these certificates, ensuring that Cedarville University is delivering on its promises of academic quality and vocational distinction, and our graduate students are receiving a valuable credential," said Dr. Janice Supplee, dean of The Graduate School at Cedarville University.

Each certificate can be completed in seven to eight months, according to Dr. John Delano, associate dean of business administration graduate studies. “These certificates provide the training needed for an individual to retool for a potentially different career path or to further advance in their current career without needing an entire degree,” he said.

The cybersecurity management certificate will teach students security laws and policies. They will learn how to identify security risks, develop security solutions and design security infrastructures that mitigate threats. The courses will address both the technical and managerial aspects of protecting an organization's information resources.


— John Delano

An MBA certificate in healthcare administration will focus on the management of healthcare delivery. Some of the topics addressed will include how to make legal and ethical healthcare decisions, how to make data-driven decisions and how to develop a vision and strategy for improving healthcare.

Focusing on the quantitative side of the managerial decision-making process, the operations management certificate will enable students to perform decision analysis for managing processes, projects and supply chains.

These new certificates continue to expand the opportunities available through Cedarville’s online MBA program. Students interested in a full degree can choose from five tracks including, business analytics, cybersecurity, healthcare administration, innovation and entrepreneurship and operations management.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,193 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its master’s in cybersecurity, healthcare mba and mba in operations management programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit

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