February 28, 2011 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment MidAmerica Nazerene University recently announced the launch of new graduate studies in management certificate programs. Officials said that students can earn certificates in leadership, healthcare administration, finance, not-for-profit administration as well as international marketing and business. These curricula involve four eight-week courses, which are broken up into two online classes and two on-campus sessions. “The job market is tight and often a certificate can provide an edge when searching for work,” says Kevin Mokhtarian, Graduate Studies recruiter. “It can also be valuable to people â€˜re-tooling’ their careers – moving from one career or industry to another.” Officials added that students can apply their certificate credit toward a masters of business administration degree as long as they enroll in an approved program within two years. The certificate will count as 12 credit hours toward the full degree. The programs are designed to help professionals update their credentials in 16 weeks and put them in the position to specialize a degree they may already possess. According to a recent report from the Babson Survey Research Group and the Sloan Consortium, more than 4.6 million students in the U.S. were enrolled in online courses in 2008.