Graduate Certificate in Business Principles

The purpose of this certificate is to introduce students to business foundations in preparation for applying to the MBA program. Many students do not feel prepared to enter an MBA program, including students who have been out of school for a number of years, students who are unsure whether they want to do an MBA program, students who have a three year bachelor's degree, and students who know very little about business. These students will benefit from this program, which introduces them to business foundations and prepares them for MBA work. This program will provide an opportunity to explore the business field while meeting basic entry requirements for the MBA.


Admission to the program requires an application in the form of a resume, the submission of previous university transcripts, and meeting the following minimum criteria:

  • A grade of B or better in business calculus
  • A passing score on an assessment of overall analytic writing test administered by the Lam Family College of Business
  • A bachelor's degree
  • 3.0 GPA or better in the last 60 units or a 3.0 GPA or better overall in all undergraduate work
  • For international students, a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score that meets the LFCoB minimum

Graduate Certificate in Bridge to Master of Business Administration — 18 units

Required Courses (18 units)

Select six of the following eight courses:

ACCT 780Financial Accounting3
DS 776Data Analysis for Managers3
DS 786Operations Analysis3
ECON 783Economics for Managers3
FIN 785Financial Management3
ISYS 782Information Systems for Management3
MGMT 788Management Principles and Organizational Behavior3
MKTG 787Marketing Management3