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College of Business & Public Management

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College of Business & Public Management

Dean's Office

Address:
College of Business and Public Affairs
624 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone:
610-436-2930


Name: Dr. Jeffrey L. Osgood, Jr.
Position: Interim Dean
Email: JOsgood@wcupa.edu


Name: Dr. Lori Fuller
Position: Associate Dean
Email: LFuller@wcupa.edu


Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs
Email: KKoval@wcupa.edu


Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean
Email: CCheyney@wcupa.edu


Name: Erika Hineman
Position: Director of Marketing and Communications
Email: EHineman@wcupa.edu


Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant
Email: LChristie@wcupa.edu


Name: Ruth Flanagan
Position: Administrative Assistant
Email: RFlanagan@wcupa.edu


Name: Paige Carey
Position: Dean's Office Secretary
Email: PCarey@wcupa.edu

Certificates

Business Analytics Certificate

The rise of data availability in organizations coupled with increasing computing capacity is feeding demand for workers skilled in business analytics. This certificate is designed to address this need by exposing students to various analytical tools that are readily available and that can be applied to a multitude of business areas. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2012 the median pay for such positions ($75,000) is double the median wage for all workers, which will further fuel demand for the certificate. The regional environment has high demand for people with business analytics skills. Major regional industries such as healthcare, finance, government, and telecommunications are all avenues of employment for students holding certificates in Business Analytics.

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Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The Department of Geography and Planning offers a certificate program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that consists of six courses. Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies have become prominent workplace tools used widely in public and private sectors. This certificate program will provide graduate-level instruction on their use. If a certificate student subsequently or simultaneously applies for and is accepted into one of the Master's degree programs in geography, the geography courses (GEO) found under the Learn More button can be counted towards the degree.

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Certificate in Nonprofit Administration

The Certificate in Nonprofit Administration is designed for those who want to enhance their knowledge of nonprofit administration. It is appropriate for individuals pursuing careers in a wide range of nonprofit fields and is intended to provide a core set of skills and knowledge for people who desire to enhance their management and supervisory skills within the context of a nonprofit organization.

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Certificate in Public Administration

The Certificate in Public Administration is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to enhance the field of public service through positions both inside and outside government in the nonprofit and even private sector, e.g., as consultants to governmental organizations or as governmental service providers. The certificate is designed for individuals with professional work experience who desire to enhance their administrative and public management skills.

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Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Geography and Planning offers a certificate program in Urban and Regional Planning that consists of six courses. Urban and Regional Planning is a creative way to influence the future of regions, cities and neighborhoods. Professional planners use a variety of tools and techniques to design communities that are equitable and sustainable. This certificate program provides graduate-level instruction on the major areas of planning. If a certificate student subsequently or simultaneously applies for and is accepted into the Master of Arts or the MPA-Urban and Regional Planning degree programs in geography, the geography courses (GEO) found under the Learn More button can be counted towards the degree. For students enrolled in the MPA program, the certificate will be awarded along with the MPA degree.

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Entrepreneurship Certificate

This certificate addresses key areas of entrepreneurship including: finance; leadership; marketing; intellectual property; business contract law; opportunity recognition; industry analysis, and target market analysis. The Entrepreneurship Certificate is multi-disciplinary in content and the courses incorporate both the theory and practice of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship Certificate students have the opportunity to develop an idea for a new venture and to assist emerging growth businesses in addressing entrepreneurship related issues. The students have the opportunity to participate in the Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center programs including Global Entrepreneurship Week, a private equity due diligence fellowship, and a business idea competition.

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Project Management Certificate

Project Management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team in order to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria. The Project Management Certificate program is intended to address trends in the business profession with particular emphasis on the skills of project management, including the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements. This certificate program allows options for MBA students to more fully utilize their elective options and also allows who are not interested in an MBA to access targeted courses within the MBA program.

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