Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations

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. All classes are scheduled in the evenings between Monday through Thursday from 6:30 pm to 9:20 pm at the UNCG campus.

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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 15th
Spring Admission
November 15th

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Admission Requirements

  • Completed Graduate School application and $65 application fee
  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent
  • Official GMAT or GRE score
  • 500-1000 word personal essay about your career and educational goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Additional material, such as TOEFL or IELTS, may be required

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees vary depending on the number of credit hours taken per semester. Based on the tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 academic year, the total cost for a North Carolina resident who takes six credit hours of MBA courses per semester is approximately $7,455.

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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
301U Bryan Building j_chapm2@uncg.edu 336-256-1432