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The Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations (Pre-MBA) will provide the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required of both new professionals and experienced managers to advance in their careers. The curriculum is designed to develop core competencies that apply to managerial positions in all industries: accounting, finance, marketing, management, economics, and statistics.

The Certificate program is designed to be completed in as little as two academic semesters. Three courses will be offered each semester – two in a face-to-face format and one delivered online. 

This program will offer an excellent opportunity for people with non-business backgrounds to earn a graduate-level certificate. If you are subsequently accepted into our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, your certificate courses may be applied to the MBA to reduce the overall credit requirement.

  • No GMAT required
  • Low tuition cost
  • Designed for those with little or no business training
  • Can be completed in as few as two semesters (one year)

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be admitted to this program:

• Bachelor’s degree equivalent to a four-year U.S. undergraduate degree from an accredited institution

• An official transcript from the registrar of each college or university attended, whether a degree was completed or not.

• A professional résumé

• A one-page personal statement detailing your reasons for seeking a graduate business education, your short-and long-term professional and personal goals, and how you think this graduate certificate program will help you achieve them.

Required courses (12 credits)

Students must complete the following courses with an overall grade point average of 3.0 to earn the graduate certificate in Business Foundations (Pre-MBA):

  • ACFI 502 - Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACFI 585 - Finance for Decision Making
  • MGMT 500 - Foundations of Managerial Statistics
  • MGMT 594 - Marketing Management and Strategy
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