Business Foundations Online Graduate Certificate Program

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Offered: Online

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The UMass Dartmouth Business Foundations Graduate Certificate provides students with non-business bachelor’s degrees a solid understanding of business principles. Certificate holders gain greater expertise in key management fundamentals and the courses can also prepare you to further your education.

This certificate program is offered 100% online. It is structured for easy transition into the Charlton MBA program. A GMAT waiver may be granted to students who complete this certificate program with a GPA of 3.50 or higher and earned grades of B- and above in the four certificate courses.

The UMassD Charlton School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest international accreditation standard for schools of business.


To earn their certificate, UMass Dartmouth Business Foundation certificate program students must complete 12 credits including the following courses:

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Finance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Law

Students demonstrating experience in any of the above subject areas may complete a substitute course upon approval by the program coordinator. The certificate program can be completed online in as little as one year. Part-time students usually complete the program in four semesters. A grade of B- or better is required to receive credit toward the Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations graduation requirements.

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UMass Dartmouth Advantages

Customize your education and receive the help and guidance to finish as planned:

  • Value and affordability of a UMass education
  • One-on-one personal advising from enrollment through graduation
  • Military friendly, with leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience
  • Free online and in-person tutoring and writing center

Learning Style: Online

Online courses are taught by UMass Dartmouth faculty to provide high quality instruction and personal attention. Students have the flexibility to accommodate work and home responsibilities within the structure of defined assignment due dates.

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