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Graduate Certificate Program in Foundations of Business

This accelerated online certificate program is a perfect way for those with a non-business bachelor's degree to sharpen their management skills and prepare for graduate-level studies in business administration.

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Creating Business Leaders of the Future

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.

Program Coordinator:

Email: MBA@uml.edu
Phone: (978) 934-2848

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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Curriculum Outline

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

The Benefits of Learning Online with UMass Lowell

The University has built a solid reputation by offering one of the largest selections of online programs available through a traditional university. Courses are taught by full-time faculty who are experts in their fields, and by adjunct faculty who, as practicing professionals, bring real-world experience to the online class discussions.

At UMass Lowell, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, affordable online programs that make earning your degree or certificate more convenient than ever before. Our students have access to online course technical support 24X7, and our academic advisors and program coordinators are happy to help you with your questions.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Completion rates, median loan debts and program costs are outlined in the Graduate Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.

Course Descriptions

ACCT.5010 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. 2 credits. Prerequisite: MBA/ MSF/MSEM/MGFB/PSM or PHD. Special Notes: If not currently matriculated in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA Staff at MBA@uml.edu or call 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

FINA.5010 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. 2 credits. Prerequisite: ACCT.5010, MBA/MSEM or MGFB Special Notes: If not currently matriculated in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA staff at MBA@uml.edu or call 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

MGMT.5010 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. 2 credits. Prerequisite: MBA/ MSF/MSEM/MGFB/PSM or PHD. Special Notes: P: Open to MBA, Business Certificate or Doctor of Engineering students;

MGMT.5110 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. 2 credits. Prerequisite: Pre-req: ACCT.5010, FINA.5010, Special Notes: P: Open to MBA, Business Certificate or Doctor of Engineering students

MKTG.5010 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. 2 credits. Prerequisite: MBA/ MSF/MSEM/MGFB/PSM or PHD. Special Notes: P: Open to MBA, Business Certificate or Doctor of Engineering students

POMS.5010 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. Pre-requisites: MBA or Certificate Programs, or Permission of MBA Director. 2 credits. Prerequisite: MBA/ MSF/MSEM/MGFB/PSM or PHD. Special Notes: If not currently matriculated in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA staff at MBA@uml.edu or call 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.

Certificate Requirements

Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs through UMass Lowell must complete all courses indicated in the curriculum outline. Students may complete the certificate program at their own pace by registering for and successfully completing one or more courses each semester, depending upon his/her personal time constraints. Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no more than one course grade below B to receive the certificate.

The two-credit online courses in this program meet 8 weeks per course, with two opportunities to take the courses during the Fall and Spring semesters, plus one optional 8-week session is available in the Summer (see Academic Calendar for details). Online students generally log into their online course website one or more times per week to retrieve lectures and assignments or to participate in a chat session. Online students should expect to spend 6-10 hours per course each week engaged in course-related activities. For more information on online courses, visit our online program home page.

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.

Registration

The Division of Online and Continuing Education offers courses during the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Approximately 2 months prior to the start of each semester, we post the upcoming semester course schedule on our website. Once you know which course(s) you would like to take, current students can register using SIS self-service, while new students, who have not already applied and been accepted into the program, must use the Non Degree Registration Form.

You may take courses without being officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program, but you must meet the particular course prerequisites. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Class size is limited. We recommend that you register early to reserve your place in class.

For more information, please visit our Registration Information Page.

Tuition

Please refer to our tuition and fees page for up-to-date pricing information or refer to the Online and Continuing Education Course Bulletin each semester.

New Students

If you have not already applied and been accepted to the program.
Register with Non Degree Reg. Form

Current Students

If you have applied, been accepted and currently in a program.
Register with SIS self-service

Questions:

Foundations of Business (Cert) Program Support:
Contact: The Manning School of Business
Email: MBA@uml.edu
Phone: (978) 934-2848
Online & Continuing Ed Support:
Email our Student Support Center for assistance, or call for advising at (800) 480-3190 and press 1 to speak with an advisor.

Restrictions

RESIDENTS OF Arkansas, Kansas and Minnesota: State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Due to these regulations, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is unable to accept applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Arkansas, Kansas or Minnesota. Current UML students that move their residence to one of these states should contact Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu in Online and Continuing Education to determine their eligibility to continue their program of study.

Please Note: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented within this website, the Division of Online and Continuing Education reserves the right to implement new rules and regulations and to make changes of any nature in its program, calendar, locations, tuition, and fees. Whenever possible, appropriate notice of such changes will be given before they become effective. In applying into a degree or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.

Applying into an Online Graduate Certificate Program

UMass Lowell Graduate Certificates provide knowledge and expertise vital in today's rapidly changing work place. In many cases, graduate certificate courses may be applied toward a master's degree at UMass Lowell. Most graduate certificates consist of four courses, for a total of 12 graduate credits. This is a great way to earn a graduate-level credential on the way to earning your master's.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Holders of an appropriate bachelor's degree

HOW TO APPLY?

Apply online or download an application at http://www.uml.edu/grad

Application Fee is $50.00 for all applicants. NO Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for graduate certificate programs. Credits earned from a graduate certificate may be used toward a related graduate degree with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Students who complete a graduate certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better in a UMass Lowell graduate certificate program may be able to waive the GRE when applying to a related master's degree. Graduate Certificate Program Completion Certificate programs must be completed within a five year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and with not more than two courses with a grade below B. Courses completed for one certificate may not be used for other certificates. Once you have completed all of the courses required for your certificate, please complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form.

Graduate Program Admissions Requirements

Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before they have formally applied into the program, however students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Please see our How to Apply tab for additional information and contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.

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Questions Regarding Your Application?

Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 1 (800) 656-4723.

For General Assistance:

Call or email the Online and Continuing Education at 1-800-480-3190 if you have general questions about registering for your online courses, or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program. Our team of Student Support Specialists are here to help!

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Fees

There is a $50 application fee when you apply into this graduate degree program. Please see the Student Financial Services website for more information.

Restrictions

RESIDENTS OF Arkansas, Kansas and Minnesota: State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Due to these regulations, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is unable to accept applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Arkansas, Kansas or Minnesota. Current UML students that move their residence to one of these states should contact Catherine_Hamilton@uml.edu in Online and Continuing Education to determine their eligibility to continue their program of study.