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 Bryan MBA from the certificate program and your courses will carry over into the Bryan MBA.


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

  • MBA 715 – Integrative Business
  • MBA 701 – Quantitative Analysis for Decision Making
  • MBA 702 – Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • MBA 716 – Leadership and Sustainable Business


  • Dr. Stuart Allen is the Head of the Department of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia, and his teaching and research interests include banking and financial institutions, monetary economic effects of federal deficits on real interest rates, political business cycles, and student learning. Dr. Allen is a recipient of the Alumni Teaching Exellence Award and he teaches MBA 703: Economic Environment of the Firm.
  • 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 to Support Decision Making.
  • Dr. Kevin Lowe is the Head of the Department of Business Administration. He is one of two research fellows for the McDowell Research Center for Global IT Management and was UNCG’s inaugural faculty fellow in leadership. In 2007 Lowe received the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Florida International University. Dr. Lowe teaches MBA 710: Ethical Leadership and Sustainable Business.
  • 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.


  • Completed Graduate School application and $60 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 2012-2013 academic year, the total cost for a North Carolina resident who takes six credit hours of MBA courses per semester is approximately $6,903.26. Click here for the schedule of tuition and fee charges.

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