The Love School of Business offers pathways to various certifications and credentials in a variety of industries.



What’s involved?


ARGUS Enterprise
Commercial Real Estate Course work and exam modules taught by LSB faculty and passing an online ARGUS Enterprise Certification exam.

Associated course: FIN 4750 Real Estate Modeling with ARGUS

Dr. Margarita Kaprielyan
Bloomberg Market Concepts
Wall Street Satisfactory completion of modules on a Bloomberg terminal.

Terminals are available in the Reed Finance Center.

Dr. Kate Upton
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®)
Project Management 23 hours of project management education and passing the exam by the Project Management Institute.

Associated courses: MGT 4300 Seminar in Project Management; MBA 6450 Project Management

Dr. Matt Valle
Professional Scrum Master™ I (PSM I)
Project Management The Professional Scrum MasterTM level I (PSM I) assessment is available to those who complete MGT 4700 and wish to validate their depth of knowledge of the Scrum framework and its application.

Associated course: MGT 4700 Agile Project Management; MBA 6450 Project Management

Dr. Matt Valle
Envestnet Institute on Campus
Wealth Management Successfully completing online courses/modules and exams specific to wealth management. Dr. Chris Harris
Microsoft Office Specialist: Excel Associate
Basic requirement for most business positions Coursework in Excel and completion of online modules and passing an online exam set by Microsoft.

Associated course: BUS 2110 Management Information Systems

Prof. John Wimmer
Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
Human Resources Coursework in a program approved by SHRM’s Academic Initiatives staff, 500 hours completed in HR internship and passing the SHRM-CP exam Dr. Brian Lyons
Wall Street Prep
Finance Completion of program.

Program is typically offered once a semester on campus.

Dr. Kate Upton
Google Ads
Marketing Score of 80% or greater on the certification assessment.

Associated course: MKT 4250 Digital Marketing

Dr. Smaraki Mohanty
HubSpot Email Marketing
Marketing Successfully completing online modules and exam

Associated course: MKT 4250 Digital Marketing

Dr. Smaraki Mohanty
Google Analytics Individual Qualification
Marketing Successfully completing online modules and exam

Associated course: MKT 4250 Digital Marketing

Dr. Smaraki Mohanty

Building technical skills and learning will keep you engaged and moving forward in your job or internship search. Employers like to see the specific skills that relate to their industry. Having these skills demonstrates your interest and commitment to the industry, your ability to learn new things, and could give you an edge over another job applicant.

Before you invest time, and potentially money, do some research. Network with people in your industry of interest to find out what skills/certifications are most valued. What is used on a daily basis? You also can check current job postings to see what technical skills appear most often in the requirements section. Don’t forget to speak with your professors about their experience and recommendations.

It should be no surprise that Microsoft Excel is still one of the top skills sought by employers. For business students, you can obtain this certification through BUS 2110 Management of Information Systems and MBA/MSBA 5010.

Below are just a few skills and certifications to consider in relation to your area of study:

  • Accounting – Excel, CPA, CMA, SQL, ERP systems such as SAP, Oracle
  • Business Analytics – Excel, R, Python, Tableau
  • Economics and Economic Consulting – Excel, R, Stata, Tableau
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Excel, Trello, SQL, Python, Wix, Google Analytics, eDraw, TinkerCad, DecisionMaker
  • Finance – Excel, Bloomberg, Envestnet, SIE, CFA
  • Human Resource Management – Excel, SHRM-CP
  • International Business – Excel, social media platforms
  • Marketing – Excel, social media platforms, Google Analytics, Salesforce or Trailhead, Hubspot
  • Project Management – Excel, CAPM, PSM I
  • Supply Chain Management – Excel, CSCP

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning provides another opportunity to expand your skills and knowledge, and it is available to all Elon students for free. LinkedIn Learning (formerly offers video courses taught by industry experts in software, creative and business skills. You can earn a certificate (not necessarily a certification which generally involves an exam) in a variety of areas.

LSB Data Camp

Hosted by the Center for Organizational Analytics, the LSB Data Camp offers students opportunities to learn new data analytics skills. Sessions cover topics such as web-based analytics, text mining and data visualization. Participants who attend and successfully pass the session exam will receive a digital badge.

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