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Business Foundations Online Graduate Certificate

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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 3.30 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.

Curriculum

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

  • FIN 500: Economic Concepts for Managers
  • ACT 500: Financial Accounting
  • POM 500: Statistical Analysis
  • Any 600-level Charlton College of Business course (in which student meets prerequisites for)

The certificate program can be completed online in as little as one year.

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.

University requirements for graduate admissions

  • Statement of Purpose, minimum 300-600 words. Unless otherwise indicated in the program requirement details, indicate your graduate study objectives, research interests and experience, and business or industry experience if applicable. If you are applying for a teaching or research assistantship, include any special skills or experience that would assist us in making assistantship decisions.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless of whether a credential is earned or not). Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled a final official transcript is required.
  • Many programs have specific recommendations/requirements, please see the additional program-specific requirements for more information.
  • International students: official TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE or Duolingo (if accepted by program) score. Unofficial scores are accepted for admissions application review, once enrolled official scores are required and must be sent by the testing agency (copies/scans not accepted). This is required of any applicant who did not earn a bachelor’s degree or higher degree from an accredited academic institution in the U.S. or accepted English-speaking country, see exemptions for more details. The Duolingo test is not accepted for the following programs: Art Education, Biology/Marine Biology, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory, Marine Science and Technology (MS, PSM, PhD), Nursing (MS, DNP, PhD), Portuguese Studies, Professional Writing and Communication, Psychology (ABA, Clinical, Research), Public Policy, and Teaching (MAT).

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