Emerging Technologies in Business (Certificate)

Stuart School of Business bridges business and technology to offer rigorous, applied graduate programs that develop our students’ industry-focused expertise and tech skills, giving them an edge in the job market and for career advancement.

Stuart’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program offers stackable certificate programs specifically designed to help mid-career professionals enhance their knowledge, skills, and credentials to achieve their career goals.

The pace of technological change in business continues to accelerate. The Certificate in Emerging Technologies in Business is designed for leaders focused on implementing new ideas, staying ahead of the competition, and aligning their people, data, and technology to drive digital transformation for business success. This certificate program includes:

  • Courses developed in partnership with IBM Skills Academy covering potential business applications and related managerial insights into artificial intelligence, blockchain, and Internet of Things
  • The context and framework to help you identify key areas to digitize, including strategy, core processes, and technology
  • The opportunity for students to earn globally recognized IBM digital badges in artificial intelligence

Courses at Stuart are interactive and include case studies and hands-on projects where you apply what you are learning.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Emerging Technologies in Business focuses on applying powerful, evolving technologies—including artificial intelligence, blockchain, and Internet of Things—within the business context. While students do not need coding skills, they must have good communication skills in English and basic computer skills.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Emerging Technologies builds crucial expertise and skills for professionals in managerial and executive roles at all types of businesses and organizations in which technology plays a key role, whether in operations, production, marketing, or customer service.

The Certificate in Emerging Technologies in Business includes the following four required courses. Each course is three credit hours. The certificate requires completion of 12 credit hours and is stackable toward the Illinois Tech M.B.A. degree.

Required Courses
MBA 532—Artificial Intelligence
MBA 534—Blockchain
MBA 536—Internet of Things
MBA 590—Digital Transformation

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Depending on previous academic coursework, an applicant may need to take additional prerequisite courses that may not count toward the certificate

Designed for Busy Professionals

Stuart School of Business Certificates Are:

  • Targeted: Get the specific, career-focused education you need now
  • Convenient: Saturday and evening courses at Illinois Tech’s Conviser Law Center in downtown Chicago, located one block west of Union Station and near Ogilvie Transportation Center
  • High Quality: As a certificate student, you will take our regular graduate courses taught by Stuart’s expert, industry-experienced faculty

Your Certificate Credit Is Stackable

The Certificate in Emerging Technologies is stackable, which means that all 12 credit hours automatically apply if you choose to pursue the Illinois Tech M.B.A. degree.

Students in this certificate program who later apply and are admitted to a different master’s degree program at Stuart may apply all approved certificate coursework with a grade of B or higher to that master’s degree. A certificate is typically equivalent to one-fourth to one-third of the credit hours required for a degree. Students have the option of transferring to the master’s program in any semester.

Featured Faculty

Siva Balasubramanian
Associate Dean Director, Management Science Programs and Faculty Review Harold L. Stuart Endowed Chair in Business Professor of Marketing
Marian Cook
Adjunct Faculty