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. No matter the circumstance, our business essentials for professionals graduate certificate will give you an edge in today’s increasingly competitive workplace across all industries. The program is designed specifically for working professionals in a non-business field who want to sharpen their business acumen.

You can earn this credential in as few as two semesters, making it one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to boost your career. Plus, you’ll emerge with a head start on earning a graduate degree—courses include four of the six prerequisites to enter our MBA program.

Certificate 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 hours of graduate credit recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.




You will take four of the following six courses to complete your certificate:

  • ACC 501 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • ECON 509 Survey of Economics (3 credits)
  • FIN 500 Corporation Finance (3 credits)
  • ISOM 551 Operations Research (3 credits)
  • MKG 505 Survey of Marketing (3 credits)
  • MGT 500 Managing Organizational Behavior (3 credits)

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.

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.
If you prefer in-person interactions with your professors or peers, then pursuing your graduate certificate on campus is the right choice for you. You’ll also have access to numerous on-campus opportunities.
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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