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Certificate Programs

These programs may serve in lieu of a minor; or, for students who already hold a degree, each may be completed as a freestanding program under a non-degree seeking status.

Accounting Certificate

The certificate program in accounting prepares individuals for entry-level accounting positions, enhances accounting knowledge necessary for advancement in existing positions, and prepares candidates for professional certification examinations such as the Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor examinations.

Those admitted to this program must either hold a bachelor’s degree or have sufficient course work for junior standing at The University of Tulsa.

Applied Innovation Certificate and The Nova Fellowship

The Applied Innovation Certificate and The Nova Fellowship help students develop career skills and tackle real-life challenges by participating in cross-disciplinary, focused projects tailored to their interests.  These are unique opportunities to join a community of TU students, faculty and professionals from all majors and backgrounds who are interested in innovation, and want to do something truly unique and meaningful in the community.

The Applied Innovation Certificate consists of 15 hours of coursework and hands-on projects that teach the tools used by professionals to research needs and develop innovative solutions to problems. The courses have been designed to minimize prerequisites, allowing any student at any level to join in. Along the way, students receive direct coaching as and experience running an actual enterprise with a team of fellow students while developing a portfolio of work to show potential employers. The capstone course allows students to implement a project of their own creation while under the guidance of a team of faculty and local professionals.

For students who want to take their higher education even higher, we offer The Nova Fellowship. The students selected for this fellowship pursue the Applied Innovation Certificate and receive additional resources, mentoring and experience. There are slots reserved for 8-10 students from each TU undergraduate college. Application deadlines are August 1, October 15 and April 5 each year.

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Finance Certificate

The Finance Undergraduate Certificate program prepares individuals for entry-level positions in the finance industry, or enhances the finance skills necessary for advancement in existing positions.

Computer Information Systems Certificate

The certificate program in computer information systems (CIS) is designed for two groups of individuals. First, it can prepare individuals without a college degree for entry-level positions in data processing and computer information systems (i.e. positions that do not require an undergraduate degree in CIS). Second, the program is designed to help persons with degrees in areas other than CIS enhance their information systems skills.

Admission to this program requires either a bachelor’s degree or sufficient course work for junior standing at The University of Tulsa.

Not-for-Profit Administration Certificate

While not-for-profit organizations have some similarities to commercial organizations, there are challenges unique to the not-for-profit world. Not only are the human resource management issues different, but marketing, financial management, and legal issues facing non-for-profit managers differ from those in commercial organizations. The purpose of the certificate program is to prepare students to work with not-for-profit organizations either as an employee or in a management capacity as a volunteer.

Sport Administration Certificate

The Sport Administration Certificate prepares individuals for entry-level positions in the sport industry or enhances sport administration knowledge necessary for advancement in current positions. Areas of study include sport finance, sport marketing, sponsorship, broadcasting rights and international sports.