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Business Foundations Graduate Certificate Degree Completion

To complete the Business Foundations Graduate Certificate, students must fulfill the following curriculum coursework:

Core Curriculum

POM 500
Statistical Analysis

ACT 500
Financial Accounting

FIN 500
Business Finance

MGT 600
Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Law

If a student has demonstrable experience in any of the above four subject areas, substitute courses can be taken upon consultation with, and approval of, the program coordinator.

Length of the Business Foundations Graduate Certificate Program

  • One year

  • Part time students may take 4 or more semesters to complete the program

  • Maximum length of time a student may stay enrolled is 10 years


Students must complete 12 total credits. Students will only receive credit for courses if they receive a final grade of B- (2.7) or higher. No course with a final grade of less than B- (2.7) will count toward the Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations graduation requirements.

Total number of required credits: 12


The Business Foundations Graduate Certificate program develops and enhances business knowledge that enables participants to succeed in the challenging and dynamic management profession. The program’s graduates will:

  • Develop an understanding statistics and analytical techniques
  • Examine the environmental impacts of business operations
  • Gain knowledge of basic accounting and finance concepts and practices
  • Develop an understanding of legal and regulatory systems

Online programs and courses are offered by the Departments and Colleges of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth through UMass Dartmouth University Extension.