Graduate Certificate Program in Foundations of Business

Available entirely online!

Do you want to sharpen your management skills? Are you interested in working toward your MBA? Do you have a technical, liberal arts, education, or other non-management degree?

If your answer is "yes" to one or all of these questions, then UMass Lowell has the perfect program to get you started on the road that leads to a Master's Degree in Business Administration.

This program offers an excellent opportunity for people with non-business backgrounds to obtain a graduate-level certificate. If you are subsequently accepted into our master's degree program, your certificate courses with grades B or better can be applied to the MBA to reduce the overall credit requirement.

This 12-credit, graduate-level certificate program consists of the following six courses. Courses taken online meet over a period of 8 weeks.

  1. ACCT.501 Financial Accounting (2cr) - Available Spring 2015!
  2. FINA.501 Business Financial Analysis (2cr) - Available Spring 2015!
  3. MKTG.501 Marketing Fundamentals (2cr) - Available Spring 2015!
  4. POMS.501 Operations Fundamentals (2cr) - Available Spring 2015!
  5. MGMT.501 Organizational Behavior (2cr) - Available Spring 2015!
  6. MGMT.511 Global Enterprise and Competition (2cr) - Available Spring 2015!

Prerequisites:

Undergraduate courses in Microeconomics and Statistics

Admission Requirements:

Bachelor's degree; GMAT not required

Program Coordinator:

Kathleen Rourke
Call (978) 934-2848 or email Kathleen_Rourke@uml.edu

Visit these links for information on UMass Lowell's Master's of Business Administration Program (MBA) and the College of Management at UMass Lowell.

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Course Descriptions

ACCT.501 Financial Accounting

An introduction to financial accounting within the context of business transactions and business decisions. This course is a broad introduction to using accounting information from the user's perspective with little emphasis on traditional debits, credits, journal entries and ledgers. Emphasis is placed on preparing and understanding financial statements. Formerly 60.501 2 credits. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

FINA.501 Business Financial Analysis

Introduces students to the finance function in a firm. Students are exposed to a variety of analytical techniques and to theory applied to financial decision making. Study will include effects of major financial decisions such as investment, financing and dividends on the value of a firm, in the light of their risk-return relationship under the assumption that the maximization of shareholder wealth is the goal of management. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs or Permission of MBA Director. Formerly 61.501 2 credits. Prerequisite: 60.501 Financial Accounting Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

MGMT.501 Organizational Behavior

Introduces students to management and organizational behavior. Its general purpose is to study and understand the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations. It is directed toward behavioral action components and emphasizes the close relationship between the study of organizational behavior and the practice of management. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director. Formerly 66.501 2 credits. Special Notes: P: Open to MBA, Business Certificate or Doctor of Engineering students;

MGMT.511 Global Enterprise and Competition

To be taken as last course in foundation core. Is an integrated investigation of global competitive issues to help students understand the processes of organization and technological innovation which permit businesses to achieve competitive advantages in a global environment. This course also deals with the nature and techniques of industry analysis necessary to the formulation of effective global strategy for the firm. Formerly 66.511 2 credits. Prerequisite: 60.501, 61.501, 62.501 Special Notes: P: Open to MBA, Business Certificate or Doctor of Engineering students

MKTG.501 Marketing Fundamentals

Describes how marketing strategies and plans of a competitive enterprise are formulated, implemented, and adjusted over time. Behavioral and quantitative aspects are covered, as well as analysis of the environmental forces affecting marketing decisions. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director. Formerly 62.501 2 credits. Special Notes: P: Open to MBA, Business Certificate or Doctor of Engineering students

POMS.501 Operations Fundamentals

Provides students with an introduction to operations management and operations analysis. The latter furnishes the student with a set of quantitative tools which are useful in designing and operating the former. These techniques are also generally applicable to other functional areas/courses within the MBA Program. Formerly 63.501 2 credits. Prerequisite: MBA or Certificate Programs, or permission of MBA Director. Special Notes: If not currently registered in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Coordinator, Kathleen Rourke at 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

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Approximately 2 months prior to the start of each semester, Online and Continuing Education posts the new course schedule to the website. Once you've decided which course(s) you would like to take, returning students can register using ISIS self-service, while new students must use the Non Degree Registration Form.
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Certificate Completion

Once you have completed all the courses in this graduate certificate program, please complete and either mail or fax the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form to the Registrar's Office.

Note: Graduate students are assessed a First Year Student Services Fee. Visit the Student Financial Services website for details.

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