MBA Essentials Online Certificate Course


Read more about this program on the school's website

Program Description


Enhance your managerial and leadership competencies by developing key hard and soft business skills. During this 10-week course, you’ll be guided by esteemed LSE faculty to better understand your business context and environment, in order to develop a competitive edge. You’ll focus on three core business leadership pillars: the strategic environment, the financial toolkit, and the human element.

On completion of this online certificate course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A thorough understanding of corporate strategy and practical tools to analyse your organisation’s strategic context
  • The ability to analyse and optimise the financial health and performance of a business
  • Persuasion tactics and principles to influence in your business context

Course structure

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is collaborating with GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to create a new class of learning experience – one that is engaging, collaborative, and accessible. Take advantage of the part-time learning model (8–12 hours per week) and the support of a Success Manager, as you earn an LSE certificate of competence.

Through a diverse collection of learning resources, you’ll be guided in ways to excel in any business context. You’ll learn to make informed business decisions and practise influential leadership.

Modules are released weekly, allowing a flexible but structured approach to learning.

Topics covered on the course include:

  • Leading with influence
  • Economics for managers
  • Competitive strategy
  • Corporate strategy
  • Financial accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Analysing financial statements
  • The mind of the manager
  • “Nudging” behaviour
  • Organisational culture as a leadership tool

Download your course prospectus to find out more.

Download prospectus

Who will benefit?

Anyone who wants to develop the key skills and knowledge necessary to manage and lead a successful business will benefit from this course. The range of topics covered presents individuals from any background or profession with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of business administration and leadership.

How to register

There are no registration fees or academic prerequisites for this online course. It is available to working professionals, regardless of location, academic study, or work experience. However, in order to complete a course, you’ll need a current email account and access to a computer and the internet, as well as a PDF Reader. You may need to view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and read and create documents in Microsoft Word or Excel.

Register NOW!


This course is presented entirely online, in collaboration with the leader in online education, GetSmarter. View the MBA Essentials online certificate course to find out about upcoming course dates, the course price, and more.

Download your prospectus to find out more about this online certificate course.

Will I have the time?

GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course is broken up into weekly, manageable modules, with incremental deadlines, devised to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the flexibility to work when it suits you best. You also have access to your Success Manager, who will help you set goals, track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative enquiries you might have.

If you have any queries, please contact:

+44 2038 568 850

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), one of the foremost social science universities in the world, seeks to improve society by addressing real-world issues and understanding the ... Read More

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), one of the foremost social science universities in the world, seeks to improve society by addressing real-world issues and understanding the causes of things. Using a dynamic and diverse approach to learning, LSE provides cutting-edge research and works with renowned academic experts. Read less
Visit the school’s website