Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations

Part Time or Full Time
On Campus and Online Options

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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Certificate Curriculum

All coursework is transferable to the MBA program.

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
  • MBA 702 – Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • MBA 703 – Managerial Economics
  • MBA 716 – Leadership
  • MBA 717 – Innovation

Admissions

The Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations program welcomes a variety of applicants, whether they come to us with years of professional experience or have just recently earned an undergraduate degree — business or otherwise.

Fall Semester:June 15
Spring Semester:November 15

APPLICATION Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) from an accredited institution
  • Personal statement
  • Three references
  • 60-second video introducing yourself
  • Resume
  • Online application and $65 fee
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (for non-native English speakers)

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

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International students should reference the Graduate School’s Application Guide for transcript and language proficiency details.

Estimated Program Costs

These estimated program costs include tuition and fees based on the 2023-2024 Graduate Tuition and do not include the cost of housing, textbooks, or student health insurance. Visit csh.uncg.edu for more detailed information. Tuition and fees vary depending on the program track pursued and the number of credit hours taken each semester.

On Campus (with Online options) Online Only
Estimated Program Cost Per Credit Hour Estimated Program Cost Per Credit Hour
In-State $7,500.00 $625.00 $6,500.00 $541.67
Outside-of-NC $10,000.00 $833.33
Out-of-State $17,000.00 $1,416.67 $16,000.00 $1,333.33
Assumes 12 credit hours of part-time study for 1 year.

The Outside-of-NC rate applies to students located outside of the state taking online classes. The Out-of-State rate applies to students taking classes while located within the state, but are not residents of NC (determined by the Residency Determination Service).

Student Outcomes

This program prepares you for jobs in finance, operations, human resources, marketing, and management, including positions such as: 

  • Sales Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • Event Planner
  • Human Resources Specialist

Meet Our Graduate Ambassadors

Graduate Student Ambassadors participate weekly in Bryan School graduate connection events and serve to represent the School’s six master’s programs.

Military-Affiliated Students

UNCG has been named both Best for Vets and a Military Friendly School. We’re a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, and are proud to offer a variety of benefits for veterans, active-duty military, and military-affiliated students, such as:

  • Online application fee waiver for active-duty service members
  • In-state tuition for out-of-state students (in accordance with the Veterans Choice Act)
  • Credit for relevant military service/training
  • Tutoring assistance

For more information on UNCG Military-Affiliated services and benefits, visit military.uncg.edu.

COME CHAT WITH US!

If you still have questions regarding one of our graduate certificate programs 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.

Jennifer Chapman

Jennifer Kiger Chapman

Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment
Phone: 336-334-4657
Bryan 301K
Jennifer-BryanGrad@uncg.edu

Savannah Martin

Graduate Recruitment Specialist
Phone: 336-334-4657
Bryan 301F
Savannah-BryanGrad@uncg.edu

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