Apr 22, 2024  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalogue 
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Business Foundations Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, MCRT

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Graduate Coordinator:  Dr. Thomas Porter

The Business Foundation Certificate program focuses on core business skills and knowledge necessary to understand the structure and operations of contemporary organizations. The goal of this program is to provide the student with these fundamental business skills and knowledge required to successfully enter and participate in today’s business enterprises (either for-profit or non-profit organizations). The curriculum includes foundation coverage of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and basic quantitative skills. Courses will cover the basic business skills and knowledge required for entry-level business managers. The Business Foundation Certificate is designed to serve the student without an undergraduate degree in business administration who wishes to: 1) pursue business related graduate degrees requiring core business foundation knowledge, 2) returning students who wish to acquired business foundation skills and knowledge to satisfy their current and/or future job goals and 3) students who wish to acquire business foundation skills and knowledge to support knowledge gained in other programs. Students completing this program will have the basic knowledge to assess and address basic business problems and opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the graduate Business Foundation certificate program must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in this country, or its equivalent in a foreign institution based on a four-year program, and have a strong overall academic record with a “B” average or better.

To apply for admission to the graduate Business Foundation Certificate program you must submit the following:

1. An application for admission to the graduate school;
2. Official transcripts of all prior university or college coursework (undergraduate and graduate);
3. Three recommendations by individuals in professionally relevant fields; and
4. A professional resume and cover letter describing reasons for pursuing the Business Foundation certificate
5. Application and supplemental documents must be submitted by the published deadline.

Individuals who fall below one of these criteria may be admitted if other factors indicate potential for success. Individuals with identified deficiencies may be accepted provisionally with a specific plan for the remediation of these deficiencies, e.g. program begins in mid-March, students can be admitted to the program conditionally pending graduation the following May.

Certificate Requirements (12 total credit hours)

The program requires 12 credit hours. Given that the goal for the certificate program is to provide students with core business foundation knowledge, the curriculum consists of the following required six 2-credit-hour courses.

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