Professional Certification & Designation Programs

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Gaining a professional certification/designation has proven to be an effective way to boost your career. Below is a list of professional certifications/designations embedded in our curricula. You're encouraged to reach out to the faculty contact for the credential you are interested in to find out more details. 

Certificates & Designations Description Targeted Students Faculty/Staff Contact


Society of Actuaries (SOA)

Actuaries are the leading professionals specializing in finding ways to measure, manage, and mitigate risk and uncertainty. Offering an excellent combination of high salary and job security, actuary is consistently rated as one of the best jobs in America. Actuary is legitimized by obtaining actuarial certification. The Society of Actuaries (SOA) is the professional organization that certifies actuaries in the fields of life insurance, health benefits systems, retirement systems, and finance and investment. Any students who want to work as an actuary. Major in college is not as important as the ability to pass actuarial exams. Students should, however, take courses in economics, applied statistics and corporate finance which are requirements for professional certification. Lan Nygren at [email protected]

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

CFA Institute

CFA designation is the premier designation for investment management professionals. Finance courses at Rider help students prepare for the CFA level 1 exam. Finance majors should enroll in the Concentration in Investment Analysis to ensure completion of necessary foundational course work. Finance majors who wish to pursue a career in investment management. Jason Chiu at [email protected]

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)

The Institute of Internal Auditors

The CIA designation is the only globally recognized internal audit certification. This exam is more auditing-specific than the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Accounting majors, MBA students, MAcc students Devon Baranek at [email protected]

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

Institute of Management Accountants

The CMA designation is one of the prominent certifications in the accounting profession and targets management accountants and financial professionals interested in corporate environments. Critical practice areas demonstrated by this exam include budgeting and forecasting, planning and analysis, risk management and internal controls and performance management. Finance majors should enroll in the Concentration in Financial Management to ensure completion of necessary foundational course work. Accounting and finance majors, MBA students

Betsy Haywood Sullivan at [email protected],

Finance Majors:
Jason Chiu at [email protected]

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

National Association of State Board Accountancy

The CPA designation is the highest standard of competence, and a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality in the accounting profession. It is required by most public firms when moving from senior accountant to manager. The test consists of four exams that test your accounting knowledge in financial accounting, tax, business law, and auditing. Accounting majors, MAcc students Marge O'Reilly at [email protected]

Facebook Blueprint Certification


Facebook Blueprint offers several courses to help design ads and promote your business, including the basic layout, segmentation, and ad design. Marketing (required for digital concentration) and business analytics majors/minors Anubha Mishra at [email protected]

Google Analytics

Google Analytics Academy

Students in MKT 367 complete 3 certificates from Google Analytics Academy: Google Analytics for Beginners, Advanced Google Analytics, and Google Analytics for Power Users. These certifications help students learn about the basic layout of GA, data collection process and analysis of the data using various marketing tools. The power users practice analyses to track and identify areas for business improvement. Marketing (required for digital concentration) and business analytics major Anubha Mishra at [email protected]

SAP Student Recognition Award


Students who successfully complete the designated courses of CIS 315, CIS 360, and GSC 385 with SAP content develop significant skills using SAP products that can be applied in practice. Students develop a hands-on understanding of technology-enabled business process integration, business data mining, and strategic thinking. All business students Lauren Eder at [email protected]

SCPro Fundamentals

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals

SCPro Fundamentals provides a certification in the basic fundamentals of supply chain and its related functional elements from procurement through delivery to the customer. It is designed to assist the professional in understanding the basic elements of a supply chain and how they are linked to move products and services in an integrated chain throughout the business. Global supply chain management majors Robert Murray at [email protected]

Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Base Programming Certification Exam

SAS Global Certification Program

The SAS Base Programming Certification Exam is for those interested in becoming a SAS professional. The test will emphasize: knowledge on reading and creating data files, manipulating and transforming data, combining SAS data sets, etc. All business students, undergraduate and graduate, especially business analytics majors and graduate business students pursuing the business analytics concentration or certificate Katerina Tsakiri at [email protected]

Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam


The SIE is a designation offered through The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) that is part of the Series 7 exam required by most financial firms. Students are recommended to complete this certification prior to graduation. Finance majors should enroll in the Concentration in Private Wealth Management to ensure the proper course work is completed. Juniors, Seniors, and graduate business students with an interest in working in financial services or financial advising

Lindsay Alvarado at [email protected],

Finance Majors: Mitchell Ratner at [email protected],
or Feng-Ying Liu at [email protected]

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)-CP Credential

SHRM Certification

The SHRM is the international professional association for the Human Resource Management field. The SHRM-CP credential provides recognition in industry that the holder has the knowledge and skill set to add value with respect to an organization's management of its people. Students may register for the exam if they are a senior enrolled in our Human Resource Management major, and have 500 hours of relevant 'qualifying HR experience' Eugene Kutcher at [email protected]

Six Sigma Lean Green Belt

Management and Strategy Institute

Six Sigma and Lean certification focuses on process improvements, project management, and data driven decision making. Students are invited to participate in a self-study program to earn Six Sigma Green Belt Certification through Management Strategy Institute (MSI). There is a $70 fee for training materials. Any undergraduate or graduate business student Lindsay Alvarado at [email protected], Kristin McCarthy at [email protected], and Chirag Surti at [email protected]

Tableau Desktop Specialist Certification

Tableau Certification

Tableau Desktop Specialist certification can be obtained after passing an entry-level exam that focuses on foundational functionality and product comprehension. There is currently a $100 fee to take the exam. All business students, especially business analytics and information systems majors Emre Yetgin at [email protected]