Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations

Want to accelerate your career without committing to a full MBA? The Graduate Certificate focuses on four foundational business courses taught by our nationally recognized MBA faculty. The Certificate is tailored to those who are not ready to commit to pursuing an MBA, those without an undergraduate degree in business and those who have been out of school for a few years. You can begin to become an exceptional problem solver who adds value on the job today with what you learned in our Certificate program last night. Later, you can apply these credits should you pursue the UNCG Evening MBA program.


  • This 12-credit hour certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters (either fall/spring or spring/fall) of part-time study.
  • All classes are scheduled in the evening, Monday through Thursday from 6:30 pm to 9:20 pm at the UNCG campus.
  • If you decide to continue your graduate business studies, you can apply directly to the UNCG MBA from the certificate program and your courses will carry over into the UNCG MBA.


Courses are taught on the semester format and certificate students enroll in the same classes as UNCG MBA students. The following four courses are required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations:

  • MBA 701 – Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  • MBA 702 – Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • MBA 703 – Economic Policies and Impact on Global Outcomes
  • MBA 716 – Leadership and Sustainable Business


  • Dr. Aaron Ratcliffe received his PhD in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Ratcliffe teaches MBA 701: Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making.
  • Dr. Gillian Lei teaches MBA 702: Financial and Managerial Accounting.
  • Ms. Amelia Hopkins teaches MBA 703: Economic Policies and Impact on Global Outcomes.
  • Dr. Yonghong “Tracy” Liu received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Miami. Her research interests include leadership, cross-cultural management and interpersonal relationships in teams. Dr. Liu teaches MBA 716: Leadership and Sustainable Business.


  • Completed Graduate School application and $65 application fee
  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent
  • Official GMAT or GRE score
  • 500-1000 word personal essay about your career and educational goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Additional material, such as TOEFL or IELTS, may be required

***GMAT/GRE waivers available. For more information, please click here***

Apply online here. The application deadlines are July 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring.


Tuition and fees vary depending on the number of credit hours taken per semester. Based on the tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 academic year, the total cost for a North Carolina resident who takes six credit hours of MBA courses per semester is approximately $7455. Click here for the schedule of tuition and fee charges.

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Contact the UNCG MBA Office at 336.334.5390 or to speak to an admissions counselor.