If you don’t have a business background, you may be looking for a quick and cost-effective way to give yourself a business orientation. This graduate certificate provides you with the essentials of business for the workplace.

Every professional can benefit from business skills, particularly those taught by the faculty of a nationally ranked business school.

This certificate can be earned in as few as two semesters and gives you the prerequisites needed to enter our MBA program.

Maybe you are an entry-level paralegal wanting to step into a managerial role. Or you may be a well-experienced medical professional wanting a deeper understanding of the ever-changing healthcare industry. The business essentials certificate is ideal for working professionals who want to bring a business attitude to their daily responsibilities.

Program Requirements

You'll learn valuable information about accounting, managing organizational behavior, corporate finance, economics, operations management, and marketing. When you complete this program, you’ll have 12 credits of graduate credit recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).




  • BUSA 601 Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance
  • BUSA 602 Fundamentals of Economics and Statistics
  • BUSA 603 Fundamentals of Management and Marketing
  • MBA 601 Entrepreneurial Leadership 

Course Delivery Options

We offer three options: On campus, online, or hybrid. Outcomes are the same for each, and you’ll learn from the same distinguished faculty.

Please note that beginning Fall 2023, our business graduate certificates will ONLY be offered 100% online. Email us at mba@bsu.edu if you have questions about our program or this change in delivery method.

Here at Ball State, you don’t have to sacrifice quality to pursue a graduate certificate online. As a virtual learner, you’ll access the same quality coursework, discussions, and distinguished faculty as on-campus students.
Our hybrid approach offers the best of both worlds—the convenience of online learning with the benefits of face-to-face interaction with instructors. You can work with your advisor to determine which courses to take online or on campus.

Ready to Apply?

If you’re prepared to take the next step in your academic or career journey, then we want you at Ball State. Please review the criteria and steps necessary for admission. Apply now.

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