Certificate

Global Issues

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Learn how sustainable business models could help companies, communities and countries break new ground — by exploring the world’s most pressing issues.

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Global Issues: certificate with five courses

You’ll explore some of the world’s most pressing economic, social and environmental challenges, and put in place smart solutions to solve them. Cover critical issues in sustainability, agribusiness, renewables and healthcare. See how you can help create a thriving planet.

  • Corporate Sustainability

    BUS6130 Corporate Sustainability

    3 course credits

    Before the year 2000, environmental management for a business was typically driven by the need to respond to restrictions imposed by environmental regulation; however, at the dawn of the new millennium, leading businesses began to change their concept of environmental management to look beyond simply meeting governmental dictates. These organizations began to evolve and utilize environmental strategy to create new ways of growing their business by bringing sustainability to the core of their business strategy.

    This course explores how to effectively work in senior management today, executives need to be knowledgeable not only about their specific business functions, but also, how their business will be impacted by governmental regulations & policies, corporate sustainability initiatives, green marketing regulations, industry guidelines or ‘best practices’, new sustainable technologies, energy planning, environmental performance metrics, and required reporting on the environmental impact of their business unit.

  • Food and Agribusiness

    SUS6160 Food and Agribusiness

    3 course credits

    Food and Agribusiness explores how the next wave of innovation in the industry represents the biggest transformation since the industrial revolution. Through case analyses and practical agribusiness scenarios, learners examine global challenges faced within the food and agriculture industries and develop a sound understanding of what it takes to manage an agricultural business.

    You’ll investigate how insurance and financing, supply chain management, global food trade, and innovative technologies such as machine learning, sensing, and customer behavioural understanding can improve the efficiencies and cost-effectiveness of food and agribusiness industries (FAEs), and broaden your knowledge and understanding of the global challenges being faced within the food and agriculture industries.

  • Renewable Energy

    SUS6170 Renewable Energy

    3 course credits

    The Renewable Energy course provides learners with a foundational understanding of the applications of renewable energy practices. This course focuses on key business skills and competencies needed to determine successful economic, technical, and societal applications of renewable energy practices. Learners examine basic energy principles, terminologies, policies, and applications for domestic and international markets.

    You’ll apply industry wide and/or industry sector renewable energy practices, and execute relevant management practices, principles, and perspectives related to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. These practices include corporate and executive management, operations management, entrepreneurship, venture capital and finance activities, infrastructure investment, management consulting, and other business related, technical specializations.

  • Managing Healthcare

    SUS6180 Managing Healthcare

    3 course credits

    Managing Healthcare is designed to help learners develop competencies for identifying and evaluating emerging markets within the healthcare industry. In this introduction to organizations in healthcare, you’ll examine the wide-ranging complexities encountered by management and critique current thinking in management and leadership.

    Through case analyses and practical healthcare scenarios, you’ll analyze the global challenges faced within the healthcare industry and develop a sound understanding of what it takes to manage a global health business. You’ll also come away with a solid foundation in understanding and aligning the national health agenda with personal and organizational pledges to population-based wellness.

  • Policy and Regulatory Enablement of E-commerce

    ECM6450 Policy and Regulatory Enablement of E-commerce

    3 course credits

    Policy and Regulatory Enablement of E-Commerce serves as a foundation for understanding the various policy and regulatory initiatives that are required to be executed to enable e-commerce. You’ll explore barriers that need to be overcome by promoting collaboration among various organizations across the business, civil societies, and government to improve the accessibility of the Internet.

    The course provides a comprehensive overview of best practices to enable e-commerce. Learners examine the importance of E-commerce reliable data as an essential component of policy development and technological investments, and the utilization of various trade agreements to support the penetration of e-commerce in emerging markets.

Key Skills

Digital StrategyE-commerceSocial media marketingBudgetingHealthcare managementHealthcare strategyLeadershipBusiness strategyRenewable energy strategyProject managementAgribusiness strategyConsumer researchData analyticsBusiness strategy Sustainability strategy

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Become a responsible business leader

  • Learn how to apply sustainable enterprise and best business practices, and pave the way for a “greener” future
  • Master hard skills of the future like sustainable accounting to entrepreneurship in developing economies to renewable energy
  • Gain a competitive edge in a fast-changing world with soft skills of the future like digital fluency and business analysis
  • Make informed business decisions, and lead with confidence: 94% of Nexford learners increased in confidence at work
  • Build a network of global professionals from 85+ countries working at firms like Google, Deloitte, and EY
  • Earn a degree as well as digital badges as you go – including credentials from LinkedIn Learning

Demonstrate skills with stackable credentials

Nexford’s curriculum is designed to equip you with a competency-based education (CBE). Competencies are skills and abilities – the things you need to know and be able to do. CBE is a program of study based on the mastery of specific skills tied to careers.

The best part? Our stacked credential model means that you can start with a certificate and fold those into a larger degree. So, even if you start small, you’re on your way to an MBA! So, even if you start small, you’re on your way to a degree!

This means that you are continuously rewarded with additional credentials, and at no extra cost.

Gain skills you will use in your career tomorrow

How you learn

Your certificate starts on the first of the month. Each course consists of six modules, each module will take you one week to complete and each course is designed to take you eight weeks to complete. Nexford’s learning design team has purposefully created courses to equip you with competencies mapped to the skills employers are looking for. Each course has 5-7 learning outcomes based on the skills employers need. Everything you learn gives you measurable skills you will use to succeed in today’s world of work.

The online learning environment contains everything you need to learn at Nexford. The courses are not live or recorded lectures. Instead, they’re reading, videos, interactive elements, quizzes and relevant case studies. Programs include assessments, peer-to-peer discussions, and a final project to practice what you’ve learned in a real-world context. Program content is available 24/7 during the course, and you have opportunities for collaboration and networking with learners during and after your program. Our global community of learners work at top companies such as Microsoft, Deloitte, and Google. Plus, you get a Microsoft 365 license at no extra cost.

You'll have 24/7 access to success advisors to support you. Faculty also provide you world-class support. Book appointments with them, get individual feedback, and attend regular optional webinars. Nexford courses are rigorous and they encourage critical thinking - because we care about what you know how to do not what you know you have regular hands-on assessments reflecting the business world.

How to apply

We’re no ordinary university! We make things simple so you can focus on what’s important: your goals! At Nexford, you can start learning straight away and send us your documents later (in exceptional circumstances). If you’re unable to immediately provide us with your transcript or diploma, you can just upload your government-issued ID and pay your application fee.

What happens next? After your first course starts, you’ll have 60 days to send us your missing information, such as a diploma or grade transcript. Please take advantage of our English test (at no cost), and achieve the minimum score outlined in our admission requirements.

  • We need proof of your graduation. For intermediate certificates (undergraduate level), this can either be your high school graduation or college graduation. Alternatively, proof of your General Educational Development certificate (GED) or equivalent exam, such as HiSET or TASC: valid copies of your official diploma and transcript in English. For advanced certificates (graduate level), we need proof that you completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution with a valid copy of your official diploma and transcript in English.
    Documents not in English must be accompanied by official translations, such as those provided by a validated institutional official or embassy.
  • To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University undergraduate/graduate programs, you’ll need to provide one of these:
    1. An official transcript from a high school or equivalent certificate (e.g. HiSET, TASC, etc.)
    2. A minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years

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How much it costs

At Nexford, you can earn a certificate for as little as $90 per month. We adjust fees to your local market, meaning a low monthly fee for a quality program.

Pay as you go, month by month. There’s no upfront cost, and you can cancel any time.

Fixed monthly tuition means the faster you go, the less you pay. Take more than one course and you could earn your certificate in as little as 6 months.

Check our tuition page to see how much you’ll pay per month for your certificate.

Lack of education is the root cause of most global challenges. We need a new approach. Nexford is one of the most affordable American universities in the world. We’re not ordinary.

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What support will I receive?

When you have a dedicated team on your side, you'll never be alone studying at Nexford. Hailing from many different countries and with online education expertise, our faculty provides you world-class support. Ask them questions during one-to-one office hours or live chat, email them any time, and get individual feedback on your assessments.

At Nexford though, you'll do more than just learn. Alongside your studies, you'll receive access to all of our career services: beginning when you enroll, and ending... well, never.

From early career planning to personal branding to job applications, we'll be alongside you every step of your program. Even after you've graduated our support doesn't stop, as we'll continue to bring you lifelong learning opportunities — including LinkedIn Learning & the Nexford Digital Library.

Your career success is at the heart of everything we do. Discover our career services, and see how you'll come away from Nexford with more than just a certificate. 

More about Nexford’s online programs

Are you an experienced professional looking to advance with an MBA degree program? Perhaps you’re an early career professional wanting to kick-start your career with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business? Build skills in two to six months with our advanced and intermediate certificates and short courses, the choice is yours. Choose your program and submit your details to find out more about Nexford's online programs.

Certificates FAQs

Certificate admission requirements

Intermediate certificates (undergraduate level)

Proof of graduation

This can be either your high school graduation, or college graduation. Alternatively, proof of your General Educational Development certificate (GED) or equivalent exam, such as HiSET or TASC: valid copies of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University undergraduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a high school (or of their General Educational Development (GED) or equivalent certificate e.g. HiSET, TASC, etc)
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)
  3. Take the EF SET English test 100% online and achieve a minimum passing score, you’ll be able to take this test while you complete your Nexford application, at no additional cost.

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Minimum score required for English proficiency

You will need one of the following:

Undergraduate Degree
English Proficiency QualificationMinimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)500
EF SET50
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)61
International English Language Testing System (iELTS)5.0
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test44
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1
ACT COMPASSLevel 3
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)B-2


Advanced certificates (graduate level)

Transcript

We need proof that you completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution with a valid copy of your official diploma and transcript in English. If your documents are not in English, don’t worry our team will get them translated. If you do not have an official translation readily available, we’ll handle it for you!

We offer a translation service at no cost. This simplifies the process for you, so you can concentrate on finding your documents. Just leave the translation to us.

We may ask you to certify that your undergraduate degree meets the university’s qualification standard and refer you to an external agency to evaluate your credit.

English proficiency

If you’ve graduated from an institution where the primary language of instruction was English, we will rely on your transcript to prove English proficiency.

If your prior education was not in English, we’ll need to confirm English proficiency as part of our process to ensure you’re equipped to succeed at Nexford.

To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University graduate programs, applicants must complete one of the following:

  1. Provide Nexford with an official transcript from a college or university
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in English language by achieving at least a minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years, by submitting an official score report during the admission process. (See Minimum Score Required for English Proficiency section)
  3. Take the EF SET English test 100% online and achieve a minimum passing score, you’ll be able to take this test while you complete your Nexford application, at no additional cost.

Note: Admission Officers may request alternative supporting materials that might assist the university in certifying the applicant’s English proficiency status. All outcomes based on the supporting materials provided, will remain within the learners record according to the university records retention policy.

Minimum score required for English proficiency

You will need one of the following:

Graduate Degree
English Proficiency QualificationMinimum Score Required
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Paper-based Test (PBT)530
EF SET60
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)71
International English Language Testing System (iELTS)5.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test50
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1
ACT COMPASSLevel 3
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)B-2



How long does each course take?

Each certificate has a number of courses, and each course should be finished in a set timeframe.

You have eight weeks to complete each course. Nexford is 100% online, which means you can log in when it suits you.

While you're learning, your personal Success Advisor will help you stay on track.

Are the certificates recognized internationally?

We are a licensed, degree-granting institution of higher education. We’re licensed the Higher Education Licensure Commission in Washington DC. All institutions of higher education licensed by the Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC).

We're also accredited by Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC), which is an independent body based in the UK.

Each university sets its own credit transfer policy. To find out whether a specific school or university will transfer credit from your Nexford coursework, you should reach out to their admissions’ or registrar’s office to inquire.

Are courses and certificates credit bearing?

Yes, all Nexford courses and certificates are credit bearing.

How do courses and certificates work?

Don't want to commit to a full degree? Learn the skills you need in a fraction of the time with a course or certificate.

Courses let you learn one specific area of business, at a level that suits you (intermediate or advanced).

Certificates are built as a series of courses so you'll gain a collection of skills you can use. Finish a certificate in 3-6 months (the time it takes depends on how many courses you take).

What do I get with a certificate?

As well as an official diploma, you'll get a series of badges you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

As well as this, you'll get a series of skills you can use at work (or at jobs in the future).

Tell me about the learning experience

Your certificate is made up of a number of courses. Each course contains five modules and a final assessment so you can practice your skills. Our modules contain interactive content, including videos, blog-length articles, electronic flashcards and case studies.

Will I get support while I'm learning?

Everyone at Nexford benefits from our system of support. Our dedicated team of faculty and advisors is available 24/7 to answer questions, discuss content, and help you meet your goals within your course.

You also have the option to attend orientation. It's a great way to get familiar with the online learning environment. Access your dashboard and take your six orientation modules to understand where you'll take courses, view your grades and explore your resources.

Do I need to have a degree already?

Not necessarily! You can enroll in a certificate without having a degree. But if you're enrolling in an Advanced certificate, you may struggle if you don't have enough business experience. That's why we recommend people work in their field for a few years before they enroll in an Advanced certificate.

Instead, enroll in an Intermediate certificate to get a solid grounding in the topic you choose!

Do I need to have work experience?

No. Relevant work experience is helpful, but not required.

If you're advanced in your field, you should choose from Advanced certificates.

If you're just starting out, or want to reskill in another area, choose from Intermediate certificates.