The Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations 

Distinguish yourself with advanced business skills.

Business principals apply to every sector of our economy, and include all aspects of overseeing and managing business operations. The foundations of business involve aspects of finance, accounting, logistics and marketing. Today’s modern business leaders must know how to manage people, products, resources and financial assets in order to solve problems, innovate new solutions and grow companies. Throughout this program, students will gain skills and competencies that will ensure they are able to apply their knowledge in challenging business environments. It’s a great choice for those pursuing their own business aspirations, in addition to those seeking a new career or job role. This program provides the core foundational knowledge vital to running a business in modern society.

What is it?

The Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations is a 12-credit-hour program that can be completed in as few as two semesters (taking 6 credit hours per semester) or up to four semesters (taking 3 credit hours per semester). It is designed for non-business major students and working professionals who aspire to move into entry- to mid-level management roles in business and government organizations. In addition, this certificate program fulfills 4 course requirements for the MBA, so it’s a great way to build knowledge and credentials while considering further graduate studies.

Throughout the program, students will be exposed to core business functions and contemporary business administration frameworks needed to be successful in a variety of fields. This is a robust program incorporating aspects of finance, management, communication, information systems, supply chains, accounting, law, ethics and financial management. Upon completion, students will have gained knowledge of core common business practices and corporate procedures that will help them succeed in modern business environments.

Choose Four of the Following Courses

ACCTNG 5400: Financial and Managerial Accounting

BUS AD 5100: Managerial Communication

BUS AD 5900: Law, Ethics and Business

FINANCE 6500: Financial Management

MGMT 5600: Managing People in Organizations

INFSYS 5800: Management Information Systems

MKTG 5700: Contemporary Marketing Concepts

SCMA 5310: Supply Chain Strategies

Career Opportunities


Management Consultant

Social Media Manager

Financial Analyst

Business Reporter

Business Manager

Marketing Consultant

Procurement Coordinator 

Serious Education. Serious Value.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations at UMSL is earned through our internationally recognized College of Business Administration, ranked among the top 2 percent of business schools in the world thanks to dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

The College of Business Administration at UMSL offers innovative certificate programs designed to provide specialized knowledge, skills and training in a flexible format, and in a short amount of time. Completing a certificate program can help set you apart, sharpen your competitive edge, boost your earning power and advance in your profession.

You’ll learn from highly qualified educators and researchers who hold terminal degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions. They’re not only academics, but business practitioners and active consultants who bridge the classroom with the real world.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis provides the knowledge, resources, tools, skills and support students need to be successful in our programs. Designed to accommodate busy adults, the flexibility of this program enables students to boost their credentials while balancing work, family and school life. UMSL is committed to increasing access to higher education, and as such, is consistently ranked number one in affordability in the St. Louis region.

College of Business Administration
Graduate Business Programs
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St. Louis, MO 63121

Office of Graduate Admissions
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1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121