Kellogg Certificate Program for Undergraduates

Northwestern University and the Kellogg School of Management have partnered to create the Certificate Program for Undergraduates, an elite, four-course academic program for undergraduate students that offers early exposure to — and preparation for — careers in consulting, financial services and other data-driven professions.

The program offers two certificates that focus on building skills within the framework of a business environment and developing the mathematically-based analytical tools and models needed to make business decisions: the Financial Economics Certificate or the Managerial Analytics Certificate. Both tracks help students improve their critical thinking skills, business acumen and understanding of strategic models that are used in a wide range of industries and occupations.

True to the Kellogg School’s academic model, the Certificate Program teaches students how to turn business theory into practice. Through cases studies and exposure to topical business scenarios, Kellogg's esteemed faculty members show students how to use academic models to solve real-world problems. These lessons build upon students’ solid educational grounding at Northwestern University.

Advisor Biography & Services

Rachel Garson Taylor joined the Kellogg Certificate Program for Undergraduates in September 2010 after three years of experience with Northwestern Career Advancement.  She previously served as a corporate recruiter and held positions at two other universities.  Rachel earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  

Her advice to students: See value in all you do, no matter how big or small.

Services                                                                  

Personalized Career Advising

The program’s career services provides students with support as they engage in their career development and planning.  The size of the program allows for ongoing and personalized attention throughout a student’s enrollment in the program. The career advisor offers students personalized assistance in crafting resumes and cover letters; practicing interviewing skills; choosing between job/internship offers; and answering questions that arise throughout the job and internship search process. Consultations are available via e-mail, phone or in person.

Specialized Programming

The career advisor coordinates workshops and programs — both on and off campus — to introduce students to various industries; learn more about critical job-search skills; and provide networking opportunities with potential employers. Through established relationships with employers and Kellogg student organizations, the program also helps students access programs that cater to their interests and career development needs.

Employer Advocacy

By leveraging their network and working closely with partners at NCA and the Kellogg Career Management Center, the career advisors promotes the Certificate Program and its students with employers across the globe. These relationships serve students in significant ways during their search for jobs and internships.

Certificate Information

Financial Economics Certificate

Overview:

The Financial Economics Certificate prepares students for careers in financial services and consulting, as well as doctoral/professional programs in law, business and other fields.  This certificate teaches students skills related to corporate finance, capital markets and securities pricing. 

Skills:

Graduates of the certificate will be prepared for business responsibilities that include:

  • Cash-flow analysis and building financial models
  • Devising financing and capital structure strategies
  • Analysis of mergers and acquisitions
  • Researching capital budgets and other investment decisions
  • Analyzing portfolio investments and asset management choices
  • Developing and evaluating risk-management strategies
  • Generating cash flow forecasts and valuation estimates
  • Facilitating and preparing for client meetings

Managerial Analytics Certificate

Overview: The Managerial Analytics Certificate prepares students for corporate roles in management consulting, strategy or planning, as well as doctoral/professional programs in law or business.  This certificate teaches students the business analytical models that guide strategic and tactical decision-making in business. 

Skills: Graduates of the certificate will be prepared for business roles that include:

  • Analyzing corporate spreadsheets
  • Preparing analyses to support merger or acquisition decisions
  • Helping companies make investment decisions in a supply chain network
  • Analyzing and optimizing supply chain networks
  • Creating analyses to support pricing decisions
  • Studying industries to assess current trends in business practices, products and industry competition
  • Using spreadsheets and statistical software packages to analyze sales and operational data, spot trends and develop forecasts
  • Facilitating and preparing for client meetings

Career Interests

The combination of demonstrated analytical and quantitative skills, along with well-rounded leadership and managerial intelligence, give Kellogg Certificate Program for Undergraduate students the tools to contribute to any work place right away.  Students from the program have endless options in their career pursuits as the business tolls and acumen they develop are applicable to a wide range of organizations/employers.

For Faculty

We value the referrals offered by our Faculty and hope to be partners in preparing students for life beyond Northwestern.

Student Referrals

If you work with students who are unsure of their academic or career direction, are embarking on an internship or job search, completing an application to graduate/professional school, or need another type of support to pursue a career goal, we can help!  Students in the Kellogg Certificate Program for Undergraduates have an assigned Career Advisor, Rachel Garson Taylor, available to support them through the process from beginning to end.

Employer Referrals

As a faculty member, it is not uncommon that employers reach out to you directly for support of their recruitment efforts.  To best meet these requests, we kindly ask that you communicate these opportunities to Rachel Garson Taylor.  Her familiarity with student interests, campus recruitment policies, and Northwstern Career Advancement will allow her to work individually with the employer to develop a targeted recruitment plan.