Business Administration Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

This certificate program introduces conceptual and practical skills needed for standard business practice. These courses help both business and non-business students who hold a bachelor’s degree, and want to enhance their administrative abilities for public sector, for-profit or nonprofit environments.

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration gives you a strong business foundation covering financial reporting, data analysis, economic influences, and marketing management. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose an elective course from subject areas, including business, human resources, finance and organizational leadership. Certificate-only students are not eligible for financial aid nor are students taking the course after completion of a degree program.

As a student, you will:

  • Complete four foundation courses and one elective.
  • Update and enhance your administrative skills to work in any business environment.
  • Complete an advanced level certificate to add to your resume.

Admission Requirements

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Option One – GPA required 3.00 or Higher

  • A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two – GPA between 2.50 and 2.99, qualifying score on GRE, MAT or GMAT

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three – An earned master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution

Option Four – GPA below 2.50, Portfolio

  •   Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate.

Specific Requirements (12 credits)

ACCU 602 Financial Reporting and Analysis 3
BUSU 610 Data Analysis for Decision Making 3
BUSU 620 Economic Analysis for Managers 3
MKTU 605 Marketing Management 3


And one of the following courses (3 credits)

BUSU 630 Business Process Analysis and Innovation 3
BUSU 650 Corporate Responsibility; Ethics and Sustainability 3
FINU 607 Finance Management 3
HRCU 600 Human Resource Foundations  3
OLCU 602 Self Systems and Leadership 3
OLCU 613 Seminar in Organizational Dynamics 3
OLCU 615 Organization Development and Change 3
OLCU 632 Leadership and Innovation 3
Total Credits 15
Some programs available to California residents only
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