Oct 30, 2020  
Graduate Catalog 2020 - 2021 
Graduate Catalog 2020 - 2021

Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC), Graduate Certificate


The goal of this program is to prepare students for careers in various areas of accounting, finance and corporate governance which are currently in high demand from organizations in every profit and non-profit sector. A Certificate in Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) will complement and enhance the skills of all student majors in the College of Business.

The Certificate in GRC is designed to provide opportunities for students by enhancing their fundamental knowledge of the skills that are in demand from the accounting and risk management professions. These skills will complement the major coursework taken by students who have focused on many areas, especially Accounting, Internal Auditing, Finance, and Information Systems as well as students in Criminal Justice and law related fields. This Certificate would be available to College of Business Students through their enrollment in any of the Graduate Degree Programs including MBA, MAcc, MLRHR, and MIS.

The Monte Ahuja College of Business is accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the Cleveland State University Accounting Programs hold separate AACSB Accreditation. AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in business and accounting. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standards in curriculum, faculty credentials and students. Less than five percent of business schools worldwide have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.

Not just for business students...
Graduate students at Cleveland State University do not have to be enrolled within the Monte Ahuja College of Business in order to apply. Graduate Certificates are designed to fit the needs of students or working professionals who are looking to further their career or supplement their education.

Engaged Learning:  Convenient, Accessible and Connected
Since most students are part-time, classes are offered in the evenings at our downtown campus. Whether full or part-time, Graduate Certificate programs boast class sizes that allow for personalized instruction from faculty. As a leader in innovative collaboration, programs within the Monte Ahuja College of Business connect students not just with faculty, but with businesses in the Northeast Ohio community and alumni, creating a strong connection to the region and its economic development.


The faculty of the Monte Ahuja College of Business are a diverse group of world-class professors with industry-leading expertise in their disciplines and related business experience. Nearly every faculty member has a terminal degree in their field of specialization--many from the world's leading business schools. In addition, faculty are actively involved in the community as business consultants, members of professional organizations, and civic leaders, bringing a richness of practical application to every course they teach.

Admission Information

The Graduate Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance Certificate Program requires that current Cleveland State University business and non-business graduate students complete at least one course in financial accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level. Working professionals with a basic knowledge of accounting and an undergraduate degree may also apply.

Submission and evaluation of official transcripts will be required to determine if any prerequisite courses are needed. Admission to the certificate program will be determined by the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

Submit application materials to Graduate Admissions processing at Campus 411, All-In-One, Berkman Hall 116.

Apply Now: https://applynow.csuohio.edu/CSUApply/index.jsp?careerHint=GRAD

Graduate students must be in good standing with a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

Curriculum Overview

Required for the certificate: A minimum of 12 credit hours

Composed of four courses beyond ACT 501  completing all courses with a grade of "B" or better.


For additional questions, please make an appointment with an academic advisor today. An academic advisor can answer questions about:

  • Admissions requirements
  • Application deadlines
  • Payment options
  • Optimal course load
  • Course registration

For further information, or to make an appointment, please contact the Graduate Advising Office:

Monte Ahuja College of Business
Phone: 216-687-3730
Fax: 216-687-6888
Email: cbacsu@csuohio.edu