Business Blockchain Graduate Certificate

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Develop blockchain skills that prepare you for the next technological revolution.

PSU's online Business Blockchain Graduate Certificate is rich with in-depth analytical and practical skill development. In the first for-credit certificate of its kind in the country, you’ll experience an interdisciplinary approach to blockchain education, including hands-on practice with distributed ledger technology that creates and executes transactions and smart contracts.

The School of Business is collaborating with Oregon's blockchain leaders to offer a series of courses packed with use cases, guest speakers and industry mentors. You’ll move beyond cryptocurrency concepts to explore other areas of business, including supply chain, finance, healthcare and real estate—all critical business functions where blockchain skills are in high demand.

PSU’s Business Blockchain Graduate Certificate is designed for forward-thinking students and business professionals ready to gain an edge in a rapidly developing technology. The certificate can be earned as a stand-alone credential or paired with a PSU graduate degree like The Portland MBA, Master of Science in Finance or Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management.

Growing demand for blockchain skills:

  • Glassdoor, a job search site, reported that blockchain-related job postings increased 300% from 2017 to 2018.
  • In a 2019 Deloitte survey of executives worldwide, 80% said blockchain will be critical or important to their company’s priorities, and 54% of surveyed executives in the U.S. are actively hiring for blockchain skills.

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Business Blockchain Graduate Certificate: Why PSU?

  • Link technological savvy with a business mindset. You’ll learn how to evaluate blockchain applications in a variety of business environments. This is your opportunity to develop the skills necessary to evaluate blockchain use cases from the perspective of the end-user, system engineer and C-suite executive. The Business Blockchain Graduate Certificate equips you with the critical thinking skills that will make you stand out in any profession.
  • High-touch online format. As a fully online program, the Business Blockchain Graduate Certificate offers flexibility and convenience—it can fit easily into a full-time professional schedule. You’ll do coursework where and when it fits into your calendar, with a user-friendly digital platform that supports interaction between students and faculty.
  • Industry connected. Leaders from Intel, Oracle, Nike and blockchain start-ups are sharing their knowledge and networks as guest speakers, mentors and advisors. You’ll become part of Oregon’s vibrant and rapidly evolving blockchain community.
  • Rigorous academics. You’ll earn the Business Blockchain Graduate Certificate from our nationally-ranked School of Business that’s highly respected by employers. We’ve earned recognition from US News & World Report, and we hold elite dual accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which puts us among the top 5% of business schools.

Business Blockchain Graduate Certificate Highlights

  • Confers skills that are in very high demand, a demand that's expected to increase significantly in coming years
  • Makes you a competitive job candidate in the expanding field of business technology
  • Online format maximizes flexibility and convenience for working professionals
  • Offered by PSU’s nationally ranked business school
  • Curriculum informed by industry leaders
  • Blockchain internship opportunities available through industry partners

Who Can Pursue the Business Blockchain Certificate?

  • At the graduate level, the Business Blockchain Certificate can be paired with any PSU graduate degree or earned as a stand-alone certificate by professionals with a bachelor’s degree or higher. PSU graduate students may also take individual courses that are included in the certificate curriculum.
  • The Business Blockchain Certificate can also be paired with any PSU undergraduate degree
  • Community members who do not hold a bachelors degree may take the courses as a non-degree student


What Can I Do With the Business Blockchain Graduate Certificate?

PSU’s graduate certificate in business blockchain provides you with the knowledge of blockchain and cryptocurrency concepts and an understanding of how these technologies can transform businesses and industries. You’ll be equipped to use analytical skills to address technical and business problems, work with distributed ledger technologies, and respond effectively to blockchain-related changes and opportunities in your company and industry.

Business Blockchain Graduate Certificate Curriculum

Co-designed and led by PSU business and computer science faculty, along with Oregon's blockchain leaders, the curriculum includes:

  • Blockchain Fundamentals (ISQA 581)
  • Blockchain Fundamentals Lab (ISQA 582)
  • Blockchain in Business (ISQA 583)
  • Blockchain in Business Lab (ISQA 584)
  • Blockchain Uses and Applications (ISQA 585)
  • Emerging Topics in Blockchain (ISQA 586)

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