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Gallatin College MSU to offer new business professional management certificate

January 7, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Gallatin College Montana State University will soon offer a new business professional management certificate.

The 25-credit certificate is intended to provide a basic education for business success and is geared toward current and new business owners and managers, according to Bob Hietala, dean of Gallatin College MSU.

Gallatin College MSU officials created the new certificate after members of the community requested it and an analysis of community needs showed demand for it in the workforce, Hietala said. Educators in the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, as well as many community business leaders, have reviewed the professional certificate’s course offerings.

“This certificate will support both business owners and employees,” Hietala said. He said that required courses include introduction to business, accounting, human resource management, small business entrepreneurship and advertising. Students will also be required to complete three elective courses in order to earn the certificate. Elective course offerings include accounting and business decisions, QuickBooks, customer service and marketing, business law, business office procedures and applied sales.

In order to better accommodate students, courses will be offered in the evenings and, possibly, during some weekends, Hietala said. The program will be offered beginning in the fall of 2014.

“Gallatin College believes offering a breadth of business administration courses will be an excellent complement to our other workforce degree programs in aviation, welding, interior design, design drafting, bookkeeping, medical assistant and health information coding,” Hietala said. “The business management professional certificate can be a stand-alone program or a valued counterpart to our other workforce certificates and degrees.”

More information about Gallatin College is available online at

Contact: Stephanie Gray, (406) 994-5256 or, or Bob Hietala, (406) 994-5523 or