Accelerate your career without the commitment of an MBA

The Graduate Certificate focuses on four foundational business courses taught by our nationally-recognized MBA faculty. The Certificate is tailored to those who are not ready to commit to pursuing an MBA, those without an undergraduate degree in business, and those who have been out of school for a few years. Add value on the job today with what you learned in our Certificate program last night. Should you choose to pursue your MBA later, you can apply these credits.

This 12-credit hour certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters (either fall/spring or spring/fall) of part-time study.

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What You'll Learn

Certificate students enroll in the same semester-long classes as UNCG MBA students. They choose four courses (12 credits) from the following options to complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations:

  • MBA 701 – Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  • MBA 702 – Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • MBA 703 – Economic Policies and Impact on Global Outcomes
  • MBA 716 – Leadership and Sustainable Business
  • MBA 717 – Innovation
  • MBA 718 – Global Business in Practice

Application Deadlines

To apply, all you need to do is complete the application and include three letters of support, a statement of interest, and transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s).

Fall Admission
June 15
Spring Admission
November 15

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Admission Requirements

  • 60-Second Video Interview introducing yourself
  • Application fee
  • Bachelor’s Degree (or international equivalent)
  • Completed Online Application
  • One official transcript from each educational institution
  • Personal Statement (prompt available in the online application)
  • Resume
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from Academic and/or Professional References

Students entering our program typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

Program Costs

Average Cost of Tuition & Fees


In-State: $6,000
Out-of-NC: $9,100
Out-of-State: $14,100

On Campus

In-State: $7,700
Out-of-State: $18,000

The Out of NC rate is available for students located outside the state who are taking online classes. The Out of State rate applies to students taking online classes while located within the state, but are not legal residents of NC. Contact a graduate recruiter for more information. These are estimated average costs and do not include the cost of textbooks or student health insurance.

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Have Questions?

If you still have questions regarding our Business Foundations Graduate Certificate please reach out to our graduate recruitment team by phone or email. You may also schedule a time to meet with one of our recruiters or attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

Ms. Jennifer Chapman

Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment
301K Bryan Building 336-256-1432