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Accelerated Management Development Certificate Program

Strengthen your business acumen, discover new management insight, and advance your career in a personalized online learning experience.

Start Date: September 2024 or March 2025      Duration: 6 months (5 courses, 4 weeks each)     
Commitment: 5-7 hours/week      Program Fees: $10,500

Advance Your Career

The Accelerated Management Development Certificate Program is ideal for directors, senior managers, and mid-career professionals seeking to upskill and broaden their business perspectives with the credibility and rigor that is synonymous with Michigan Ross. AMDCP enhances general management skills to accelerate your career trajectory and to reach new career goals with comprehensive course material and relevant specialty courses.

 Online format, self-paced work + live faculty sessions

Rigorous, integrated coursework + certificate of merit

Personalized learning experience with specialty courses + individualized course activities

Gain actionable takeaways for immediate application

Accelerate Your Growth

Whether you want to enhance your performance in a current position, advance within your company, or gain new skills to lead in a new role, AMDCP will help you achieve your goals.

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Who Should Apply:

  • People managers moving into greater organizational responsibility
  • Next-level leaders on the path to gaining additional management responsibilities
  • Functional and technical experts entering management roles
  • Motivated professionals looking to accelerate their career or switch career paths
  • Those without prior formal business education looking for an in-depth understanding of core business concepts
  • Individuals seeking professional or entrepreneurial growth 
Exceptional Online Experience
Integrated Course Design

Four integrated core courses are paired with a specialty course for a comprehensive approach that includes Assurance of Learning.

Peer-Learning Community

Enjoy camaraderie and professional networking with a cohort of business leaders from around the world.

Real-World Application

Actionable takeaways and strategic frameworks that can be immediately applied to real issues in the workplace. 

Subject Matter Experts

Michigan Ross experts are available to help students successfully complete their courses by explaining concepts and offering their support.

Live Sessions

Each course features a capstone live synchronous session where you synthesize and apply your new learning with Michigan Ross faculty experts.


Receive a badge after each course to share on social media and a certificate of merit upon completion of the program.

Achieve a Managerial Mindset

PROFICIENCY: Develop an in-depth understanding of core business concepts and gain knowledge of emerging topics.

APPLICATION: Learn a systematic approach to solving business problems and successfully apply it to real world scenarios.

MINDSET: Develop the capacity to reflect on your own behavior and understand its broader impact on your organization.

Foundational Courses
Specialty Course
Accelerated Management Development Certificate
Foundational Courses

Four interdisciplinary courses lay the foundation for how to handle management challenges. Each course will use real examples, focus on decision-making, and ultimately lead you through a comprehensive journey of key management functions.

checklist iconLearn how to measure value generation at your organization. Develop a toolkit to make and understand key financial decisions at a firm.


  • Identify key value drivers in your business
  • Build a scorecard to track performance while understanding its tradeoffs
  • Distinguish between growth that can create vs. destroy value
  • Select investment projects at the individual project level and at the firm level
  • Explore how the capital markets work and how they affect your business

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checklist iconExplore value generation within your organization through your customers and your operations. You will learn modern marketing methods, work through operational decision making processes, and learn how to apply these concepts.


  • Identify opportunities for value creation 
  • Develop a systematic plan for testing and improving value creation opportunities
  • Develop a strategic go-to-market plan for successful value creation
  • Structure operations to facilitate execution of go-to-market plan

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checklist iconUnderstand your firm’s strategic position through an economic lens. Build microeconomic foundations of markets and competition, and learn how to make strategic decisions that will build your competitive advantage.


  • Examine problems and make decisions through marginal analysis
  • Understand and analyze market dynamics and Identify sources of competitive advantage 
  • Evaluate corporate scope of projects and opportunities
  • Develop a systematic strategic process

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checklist iconUnderstand what motivates people and how to design a system of empowerment. Discover your leadership style and learn how to effectively use it to manage people.


  • Understand how to self-coach the skills needed to lead yourself and others
  • Learn and practice techniques for creating high-value negotiations
  • Identify indicators of team effectiveness and learn skills to manage team dynamics
  • Understand how an organizational congruence framework can be applied to organizational architectures and change management

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Specialty Courses

Personalize your learning experience to meet personal leadership goals and broaden your business perspective.

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How can managers prepare their organization to create the workforce of the future? 

This course will explore multiple forces of change, including demographics, technology, automation, and globalization. It will also blend theory and practice on topics covering human capital management, on-the-job training, empowerment, labor practices around the globe, and the impact of technology on the future of human capital.

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What is the value of diversity and how can organizations benefit from it?

This course will provide a theory for why organizations need diversity and how they can maximize its benefits. The course will introduce practical tools that will help you and your organization design a diverse and inclusive (D&I) workplace. You will leave with a D&I action plan which you can apply to your own life and workplace.

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How can you capitalize on new digital capabilities within your organization? 

This course will introduce you to the opportunities created by artificial intelligence, digital platforms, and big data. You will leave with applicable frameworks on how to use digital innovation to gain a competitive advantage. 

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Courses are available to be taken independent of the certificate.
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Award-winning Ross Faculty

Expert Michigan Ross faculty convert research-based insights into actionable outcomes. They embody our commitment to build a better world through business and empower today’s leaders.

Professor of Accounting
Michael and Joan Sakkinen Faculty Fellow
Accounting Faculty Doctoral Coordinator
Michael & Susan Jandernoa Professor of Management and Organizations
Professor for Management and Organizations
Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow
C.K. Prahalad Distinguished University Professor of Business and Engineering
Professor of Technology and Operations
Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering
William Davidson Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Professor of Economics, LSA
David B. Hermelin Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Finance
Finance Faculty Doctoral Coordinator
Buzz and Judy Newton Professor of Business Administration
Area Chair, Business Economics and Public Policy
Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Associate Dean for Executive and Corporate Relations
Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organizations
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Dwight F. Benton Professor of Marketing
Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Faculty Fellow
Jack D. Sparks Whirlpool Corporation Research Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organizations
Management and Organizations Faculty Doctoral Coordinator
Associate Professor of Strategy
Strategy Faculty Doctoral Coordinator

Share Your Success

Solidify your managerial ability and achievements with credible recognition from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Program participants will receive a social media-friendly badge after each course and a certificate of merit upon successfully completing the requirements of the program. 

Benefits Beyond the Course

AMDCP provides benefits that can support your learning journey even after the course concludes, including when applying to other Michigan Ross programs. Successful completion of this certificate program will enhance your application for Michigan Ross Executive MBA, Global MBA, Online MBA, and Weekend MBA programs. Note: This does not provide degree credit, nor is it a guarantee of admission. 


Enhance your application to Michigan Ross part-time MBA programs


Receive a Continuing Education Unit letter


Earn one credit toward our Distinguished Leader Certificate Program

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Expand your peer network and build relationships with faculty

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