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Online Business Certificate: Foundations of Business

Expand your professional toolkit with a foundation in current business theory and practices essential to success in today's evolving business marketplace with the Foundations of Business certificate program offered by the University of Kansas School of Business. With instruction that focuses on accounting, marketing, human resources management and finance, the online Foundations of Business certificate program helps you improve your business acumen, build a framework for successful decision-making and understand current trends.

Earn your business certificate from a program that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) at a university that is ranked #53 among the Top Public Schools. 1

Program Benefits

Education is one of the most powerful investments you can make for your professional career. A Foundations of Business certificate from the KU School of Business provides the following benefits:

  • Course credits that are fully transferable toward the KU School of Business online MBA in the future

  • Instruction from the same renowned professors as our on-campus and online MBA programs

  • Graduate-level courses in the same key business disciplines as students enrolled in the KU School of Business online MBA

  • As little as 1 year to certificate completion

  • No GMAT or GRE required

Whether you're thinking of pursuing an MBA in the future or you simply want to match your current business passion with increased knowledge, the Foundations of Business certificate can help get you where you want to go. Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program can be seen here.

Certificate Structure

Forget having to relocate or commute to learn valuable business skills that will help you advance in your career. Our world-class online learning platform is easy to use and engaging. It features collaborative group projects, faculty lectures and curated educational videos to help you learn on a schedule that works for you, wherever you are. The Foundations of Business certificate program has the following attributes:

  • 6 courses, 18 credit hours—the same 6 introductory courses as the online MBA
  • 100% online
  • Graduate in as few as 12 months
  • 3 starts per year: Spring, Summer and Fall

Incoming students will be required to successfully complete a short MBA skills review course prior to registration. For more information on how you can get a fee waiver, contact an Admissions Advisor.

Curriculum & Focus Areas

The Foundations of Business certificate is based on skills that are considered essential for successful business leadership today, including those cited in an analysis of more than 50 million employees by Money and PayScale: data synthesis, finance, accounting and strategic thinking.2 Students are required to complete six core business courses (18 credits). These six courses are the same introductory courses as those found in the online MBA.

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Who Is it For?

The online Foundations of Business certificate program offered by the KU School of Business is ideal for a wide array of students. These include:

  • Recently graduated students who want to learn additional skills beyond an undergraduate education
  • Current business professionals who want to increase their knowledge and potentially use new learned skills to advance their careers
  • Students who are interested in possibly pursuing an online MBA from the KU School of Business in the future
  • Individuals who are passionate about business and want to learn more, but aren't ready to commit to an MBA program just yet
  • Working professionals who want to learn current skills that can help them transition to a thriving career in business

The flexibility provided by the Foundations of Business online certificate program makes it ideal for students who want to stay relevant and competitive in their professional space and gain new skills that can help them advance their business careers.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Please peruse the following gainful employment disclosures from the KU School of Business.

Foundations of Business Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure

Pillars of Business Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure

What Can the Foundations of Business Certificate Do for You?

Graduates from the Foundations of Business certificate program can enjoy a variety of professional benefits. Some advantages you might look forward to upon graduation include:

  • A way to differentiate yourself from competing job applicants and current working professionals

  • A new network of business-minded peers, in the form of classmates and professors

  • Real-world business knowledge that can immediately be applied to current or future positions

  • Increased efficiency and productivity at work

  • Leadership skills and a potential pay increase

Earning the Foundations of Business certificate from the KU School of Business can give you the confidence and knowledge you need to pursue new job opportunities, take on new responsibilities at work and reach for the business career you dream of.

Important Dates

Jan
02
Application Deadline

January 2
Spring 2019 Term

Jan
22
Next Start

January 22
Spring 2019 Term

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Sources:
  1. Retrieved on January 9, 2018, from usnews.com/best-colleges/ku-1948/overall-rankings
  2. Retrieved on January 2, 2018, from time.com/money/4328180/most-valuable-career-skills/