Rust-Oleum Certificate Programs & MBA Options

Learn it today and use it tomorrow is what businesses like from Lake Forest MBA students. They can start impacting business results immediately.

Program Options

Whether you are an experienced professional looking to move up, or an aspiring leader looking to gain experience, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) is the right business school for Rust-Oleum employees to get their MBA. Unlike other programs, you won’t have to wait until you are done with the program to put to use the skills you will learn.

Graduate Certificate Programs
Leadership MBA
Immersion MBA

To speak to your dedicated admissions manager, contact Currie Gasche at 847-756-3946 or


Professionals who are non-degree-seekers can choose to benefit from the Leadership MBA curriculum by pursuing a Graduate-level Certificate Program, derived from the core courses in the LMBA program. With LFGSM’s signature “learn it today, use it tomorrow” approach to business education, certificate students will become effective leaders from day one.

Rust-Oleum students can earn either of the following certificates in a year. Each certificate program includes a self-paced, online Business Fundamentals module and a series of four core courses.

Global Business Certificate

Companies and managers are impacted as the global economy trends toward greater integration and interdependency. From cultural diversity, financial management, and marketing perspectives you will learn how to work and build success across borders. These courses examine issues under the umbrella of the global challenge that include strategic ethical considerations, global financial markets, cross border investments, competitive markets, and environmental factors—such as political, economic, legal, socio-cultural, and technological. 

Course 1: Global Basecamp (no cost, no credit)
Course 2: Global Business and Cultural Diversity
Course 3: Global Finance
Course 4: Global Marketing
Course 5: Global Practicum


This series of four courses selected from the LFGSM Leadership MBA degree program will help students develop and implement strategy that is a source of sustainable competitive advantage and initiate strategically aligned innovation. Students will gain tools to construct an effective marketing strategy based on competitive advantage and understand and implement the decisions necessary to optimize operational business processes.

Course 1: Strategic Thinking
Course 2: Innovation & Risk
Course 3: Marketing
Course 4: Operations Management


LMBA Brochure

The Lake Forest Leadership MBA (LMBA) provides a broad knowledge base, for coworkers with at least 4 years of experience, in the areas that are critical for success in today’s business environment. Timely business topics are incorporated into a curriculum which includes accounting, business management and policy, communications, economics, finance, marketing, organizational development, and strategy.

At Lake Forest, you will learn how to confidently approach the broad array of issues facing Rust-Oleum leaders today. As managers are called upon to develop new business competencies, broaden existing ones, and participate in cross-functional initiatives, a general management MBA from Lake Forest degree helps ensure that you are equipped to meet your business challenges.

You will benefit by learning from facilitated discussions, case studies, computer simulations and exercises, role-play, team projects and presentations, web enhanced assignments including online discussion groups, and the application of classroom learning to your current projects at Rust-Oleum.

Leadership MBA students take 13 core courses and three electives to earn their degree in 3-4 years. Courses are offered online, on campus at our Lake Forest and Schaumburg locations, or you can choose whatever combination works best for you. 

LFGSM also offers Leadership MBA Specializations in Global Business, Organizational Behavior, Marketing, Finance and Healthcare Management.


iMBA Brochure

The Immersion MBA (iMBA) from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management brings you the next generation of online education for aspiring leaders with 1-4 years of business experience. The challenges you face now, and in the coming years, at your job are played out in the iMBA's simulated company where you will not only learn, but have the chance to apply the skills you need to succeed in business today. The iMBA empowers you to learn by doing.

The iMBA allows you to become immersed in a virtual-reality clone of a real company with real products, customers, competitors, opportunities and failures. Rotate through as many as 10 of the company's departments, learning the core business functions by actually working in each area. Throughout the different rotations, you will learn business theory and develop the ability to apply it in realistic business situations in the virtual world as well as in your own experience at Rust-Oleum.

During your iMBA, 75% of your time will be spent in the virtual-reality environment and 25% participating in online discussions and group projects with your fellow students and faculty. This allows you to benefit from the interaction with your virtual bosses and co-workers, and then take the learning to the next level through conversations with other students and faculty members.

iMBA students take 12 core courses that are 100% online to earn their degree in as few as 22 months. The iMBA program also includes additional components, such as career assessments and guidance, e-portfolios, and group projects to enhance the application of your education.

To learn more about any of these programs, contact your dedicated admissions manager, Currie Gasche, at 847-756-3946 or