GWSB launches three cross-school engineering graduate certificates

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The certificate programs consist of 12 credit hours, including three required courses and one elective in SEAS.

The School of Business has partnered with the School of Engineering and Applied Science to offer three new graduate certificates this fall.

Officials announced business school graduate students can pursue certificates in crisis management, energy systems management and environmental systems management starting this semester, according to a release. The certificates will prepare business students with necessary skills for their future careers and encourage greater cross-school collaboration, officials said.

Anuj Mehrotra, the dean of the business school, said the certificates fulfill the demand for critical engineering and technology skills in today’s business world. Mehrotra said the business school’s partnership with SEAS will address issues that require STEM knowledge, like climate change and technology.

Each of the certificates requires 12 total credit hours, including three required courses and one elective in SEAS. The business school currently offers 27 graduate certificate programs with 12 in STEM including the ones officials just added.

“To address the best interests of our students, it’s necessary to break silos and facilitate a collaborative, interdisciplinary outlook that generations have been talking about but very few schools have,” Mehrotra said in the announcement.

Officials said the three certificates have been in development for a year.

The crisis management certificate will aid students in defining emergencies and developing plans to respond to environmental and public health disasters, while the energy systems management certificate will help students learn about the shifting energy demands of the world, according to online program descriptions. The environmental systems management certificate will prepare students with knowledge about the changing environmental requirements worldwide.

SEAS Dean John Lach said the certificates provide an easier way for interested business students to pursue STEM and encourage greater cross-disciplinary learning between the two schools.

“We’re now presenting it to the students in a way where they don’t have to figure it all out on their own,” Lach said in the announcement. “We’re telling them, here is a set of classes that could really fit well into your program and prepare you to be the leaders of the mid-21st century.”

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