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).



Required Courses

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


Choose one:

  • MBA 601 Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • MBA 611 Statistics and Quantitative Methods
  • MBA 631 Accounting and Decision Making
  • MBA 651 Economic Analysis for Managers
  • MBA 661 Managerial Finance
  • MBA 671 Marketing Management

Online Course Delivery

All courses are taught online by our distinguished faculty. 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.

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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