Project management, managing & leading in technical organizations, and operations management are courses you will take to prepare you to lead small and large group initiatives. This Management Foundations certificate at South Dakota State University   is appropriate if you are a relatively new manager or a seasoned leader seeking a graduate credential to move to the next level.  
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Workplace processes and practices are constantly evolving and managers are pressured to make do with fewer resources. For the new manager, controlling assigned resources to meet demand requires smart, data-based decisions. You need to be able to successfully balance budgets, assign work, and leverage assets to meet strategic goals: both of which present a challenge and an opportunity.

Our 12-credit Management Foundations certificate at South Dakota State University  builds your knowledge in core topics managers need to have to be a successful leader. 

Management Foundations Curriculum

Fall semesters

  • Project Management
  • Management & Leadership in Technical Organizations

Spring semesters

  • Operations Management
  • Quality Control or Manufacturing Systems Management [alternates]

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • International students are eligible to participate in our fully online programs but must do so outside the U.S. due to visa regulations. In addition, students should apply at least 6 months before the application deadline for our fully online programs.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    12 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  •  Management and Leadership in Technical Organizations 
  • Project Management 
  • Manufacturing Systems Management 
  •  Decision Theory 
  •  Quality Control 
  • Operations Management

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

    More about PTE Academic

General Requirements

  • Completed Admissions Application (Location: Online)
  • $20.00 Application Fee
  • Official Report of ACT
  • High School Transcript(s)
  • Post-Secondary Transcripts (if applicable)

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • National

    351 USD/credit
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