The Blockchain Business Imperative

A professional certificate program

Modality: Live Online

Program Overview

Blockchain has started the process - some say revolution - of transforming our analog assets into digital assets. Blockchain leverages fundamental computing advances within cryptography, distributed systems and peer-to-peer networks to create a global system for individuals to acquire, hold and transact with digital assets without the need for a centralized party acting as a guarantor.

While the media touts cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and their rapidly increasing asset values, these are but minuscule implementations of Blockchain that may or may not survive in the medium- to long term. The true business imperative of Blockchain is much broader, and leads us to ask:

  • How do we conduct business without creating large-scale inequities?
  • How do we limit the power of stakeholders who do not add value?
  • And how do we distribute power to consumers and business partners rather than centralizing it?

Join our next cohort, running from January 31, 2022, to March 13, 2022, to begin to answer these questions.

Information Sessions

Please join us for a free informational 45-minute webinar where we will detail the program and answer any questions.

December 15, 2021
Noon to 1 p.m. ET


January 6, 2022
1 to 2 p.m. ET


January 21, 2022
11 a.m. to Noon ET


Valuable Outcomes

The mission of this course is to:

  • Introduce executives and working professionals to Blockchain technology, both in theory and in practice, and create an understanding of the current blockchain economic impact.
  • Explore and gain expertise in current and potential use-cases for Blockchain across multiple industries.
  • Practice with and understand the tools and concepts used to build and manage applications using blockchain protocols.
  • Create a deep understanding of the decision making impacts surrounding blockchain project implementation.

The business leaders who reckon with blockchain now will create sustainable competitive advantage in our rapidly changing, uncertain world where ambiguity reins.

Tejwansh Singh Anand
Tejwansh Singh Anand, Ed.D. Director, The Blockchain Business Imperative Professor of Information Systems

Program Topics

Business Motivation for Blockchain
Learn the history of innovation, productivity, and money. Discuss the inherent inefficiencies of the current system and Blockchain’s ability to address these inefficiencies.

Overview of Foundational Technologies of Blockchain
Explore cryptology, hash functions, distributed systems, and peer-to-peer networks.

Conceptual Understanding of Blockchain
Delve into the mechanics of Blockchain transactions and distributed ledgers.

Overview of Bitcoin, Ethereum, & Hyperledger
Understand the original cryptocurrency Blockchain implementation (Bitcoin), the original programmable cryptocurrency Blockchain implementation (Ethereum) and the original Blockchain for enterprise business applications (Hyperledger). Get a fast-paced overview into emerging Blockchain protocols and implementation platforms.

Enterprise Business Applications of Blockchain
Review illustrative examples of Blockchain in action in finance, healthcare, supply-chain, and entertainment. Explore the developments related to DeFi, NFTs and token economics.

Societal Challenges, Opportunities, and Contemplated Actions
Conclude the course with a discussion of Blockchain’s impact on society and what, if any, unintended consequences come from embracing Blockchain.

Who Should Take This Program

This program is designed for business leaders who are exploring unique, innovative ways of driving growth and productivity in their businesses.

Individuals who want to go beyond conventional IT systems and meet the ever evolving needs of their stakeholders will find this program well suited to their needs.

There are no prerequisites for the course.


Course Dates: January 31, 2022 - March 13, 2022

Registration Deadline: January 30, 2022

What do you receive for completing this program?

  • Professional digital certificate from the University of Maryland
  • Credly© digital badge
  • 3.3 UMD CEUs

Program Fee: $1,995 ($1,745 if you register by January 17, 2022)

Available Discounts

  • University of Maryland System School Alumni
  • BIG10 Conference School Alumni
  • Organizations with multiple registrations
  • Active Military & Veterans
  • Current UMD-College Park students

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Faculty Experts

Program Director

Tejwansh (Tej) Singh Anand

Tejwansh (Tej) Singh Anand

Clinical Professor
Academic Director, MS in Information Systems

Featured Faculty

G. “Anand” Anandalingam

G. “Anand” Anandalingam

Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Management Science
Stacey Ferris

Stacey Ferris

Adjunct Professor of Accounting
David Kass

David Kass

Clinical Professor
Jeffrey Mund

Jeffrey Mund

Supply Chain Center of Excellence

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