The Executive Education Center at the Coles College of Business is dedicated to helping you and your organization succeed. As one of the country’s most innovative universities in teaching and learning, we design executive development programs using best practices in program customization, technology-enhanced learning and on-the-job application. Our classroom-based certificate programs and our digital badge mobile-learning programs are designed to help you reach your fullest potential as leaders, innovators and change-makers.


The 20% Refer a Friend discount is valid for the Coles College of Business Executive Education programs. Cannot be combined with any other discount but may be applied to more than one course. The discount will be applied at the time of registration and requires that you refer a friend (or colleague) who will also register for one of the eligible programs. The discount can be applied to the following Coles College of Business Executive Education programs: Executive Leadership Program for Managers and Directors, Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (CMAP) Program, and Executive Certificate in Business Strategy: The Coles Mini MBA Program. Discount can be applied when registering online, by calling 470-578-6765, or stopping by the Registration office.

Upcoming Certificate Programs

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Program Starts December 1, 2020

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Program:  Designed for those with little or no prior experience in Continuous Improvement, this program is an introduction to the tools and techniques of Lean and the DMAIC methodology of Six Sigma. DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) refers to a data-driven problem-solving approach that can be applied across all industries. Lean refers to the waste reduction tools and principles made famous by Toyota. LSS Green Belt participants learn the framework for solving problems and improving processes in a variety of hands-on projects and activities.  During the program, participants will complete at least 3 LSS projects and leave the program with the tools needed to solve real world problems.

Executive Leadership Program for Managers and Directors: Starts January 21, 2021

Finally, a leadership development certificate program that integrates the best practices of gamified mobile-learning and classroom action-learning. The Michael J. Coles College of Business now offers an Executive Leadership Program for Managers and Directors designed for busy professionals who want to take their leadership skills, and their careers, to the next level. Learn how to master the 8 leader roles and the 24 leadership skills.

Certified Mergers & Acquisitions Professional (CMAP) Program: 100% Live Online - Next Session: March 2021

A popular certificate program in partnership with the M&A Source. Larry Stevens, CPA, after a long and distinguished career with PwC leads the program. Topics include M&A strategy, process planning, due diligence, financial analysis, transaction valuation, deal structuring and negotiations.

Executive Certificate in Business Strategy: The Coles Mini MBA Program Starts October 15, 2020

A nine-month executive education certificate program that meets one evening a month (6-9 PM). For your convenience, the program is offered in both the Galleria Area (Cobb County) (Cobb County) and also at the City Springs Complex in Sandy Springs. The topics include strategic inclusion, innovation, finance, human resources, marketing, business models, data analytics, change management and strategy execution. At the end of the program you will receive an Executive Certificate in Business Strategy.

Innovation Black Belt Program: Contact Executive Education for more information
According to PwC’s recent CEO survey, innovation is now the #1 business priority! That’s why the Coles College of Business has designed a new Innovation Black Belt program that helps professionals at all levels master the three phases of innovation—Discover, Prototype, and Implement. This unique certificate program offers 20 hours of gamified online learning and 40 hours of facilitated classroom “doing.” This is your opportunity to take your innovation skills, and your career, to the next level.

Applied Coaching for Leaders Program: Contact Executive Education for more information
With a heavy emphasis on coaching skills development, this 4-month certificate program features a mixture of face-to-face, instructor-led lecture, virtual lecture and virtual coaching practice, one-to-one coaching, group coaching and supervised coaching practice.