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. Irfan Safdar recently completed his doctorate in accounting with a minor in finance from Texas A&M University. He received an MS in applied economics and an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester. He also holds an MS in finance from Boston College and a BS in physics from Haverford College. His teaching interests include financial analysis, valuation and quantitative methods. Dr. Safdar previously taught undergraduate and graduate accounting courses at the University of Rochester, where he won the Distinguished Faculty Award during each year from 2004-2008. He also served as an economic consultant in major litigation and has worked as an investment analyst at Solomon Smith Barney. He has also authored several finance and statistical analysis courses for the Accenture Finance Academy. His research interests include investigating the role of behavioral biases in capital markets, equity valuation and corporate investment profitability. He teaches MBA 702: Financial and Managerial Accounting for MBAs.
  • Ms. Amelia Hopkins teaches MBA 703: Economic Policies and Impact on Global Outcomes.
  • Dr. Ellen Van Velsor received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Florida. Her current work focuses on youth leadership development, identity development in adults and globally responsible leadership. Dr. Van Velsor 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.