Online Graduate Certificate in IT Business Strategy

Max M. Fisher College of Business

The online Graduate Certificate in IT Business Strategy, offered by the Fisher College of Business, provides training in the core elements of an MBA degree, while teaching professionals to apply these elements contextually to meet modern IT challenges and ensure business-IT alignment in their organizations.

This cohort-based program is designed for IT professionals with 5+ years of relevant business experience in IT, including CIOs who aspire to lead their organization into a new strategic direction. Students may also apply 100% of credits earned in the certificate program toward the Online Working Professional MBA program from the Fisher College of Business.

This 100% online (synchronous and asynchronous) graduate-level business certificate includes a program-long capstone project, during which an assigned faculty advisor will act as a coach for the project. Professionals also receive leadership coaching, leveraging the highly regarded BUILD Leadership Assessment© tool to benchmark pre-program leadership skills and after the program, validate newly acquired and strengthened leadership skills. After the pre-program assessment, each student will receive an individualized report that includes a breakdown of their results for each of the BUILD competencies, along with recommendations to improve their leadership performance and effectiveness. At the end of the program, students will be re-assessed to validate the growth of their leadership skills and provide feedback of areas still in need of strengthening.

Application Requirements: Candidates should have 5+ years of relevant business experience in Information Technology-related jobs, with increasing levels of experience including management and project oversight responsibility. Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited higher education institution before the program begins and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their last degree earned. 

The curriculum includes a mix of both synchronous and asynchronous learning to best meet the needs of working professional students – while allowing for meaningful engagement and interaction.

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Application Deadlines: 

Autumn 2023 Deadline Date Decision Date
Round 1 February 16, 2024 March 15, 2024
Round 2 April 12, 2024 May 10, 2024
Round 3 May 31, 2024 June 28, 2024

Program Start Date: August 20, 2024

Campus Requirements: 
NONE — 100% Online
Time to Completion: 
10 months (as part of a cohort)
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John M. Deane
FCOB Advisory Committee Member | Managing Director at Clipper Advisory Group
"As technology has rapidly evolved, IT is no longer seen as a support unit, but is the engine that drives most companies’ strategy."

Sample Courses

MBA 6293

Strategy Formulation and Implementation

This course is designed to introduce students to core concepts and analytical tools to facilitate strategic decision making, assess the external environment, and examine the relationship between firm performance and the activities within the value chain using relative cost analysis and value-added analysis.
MBA 6223


A market-oriented framework for analyzing the major types of financial decisions made by corporations. The course covers the following topics: present value techniques, capital budgeting, asset valuation, portfolio theory, asset pricing, market efficiency, options, capital structure, financial distress, financial modeling, risk management, mergers and acquisitions and ethics.

Technology and Innovation Strategy

This course examines the dynamic forces between competitors, customers, and suppliers that create threats and opportunities for a firm's strategic plan and resulting actions—including prices, costs, market entry and segmentation, and strategic differentiation through sustained competitive advantage.

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