Basic business knowledge is in high demand for professionals in many fields including
engineering, education, geology, fire safety, etc. A graduate certificate in business
can prepare an individual to move from technical or line positions to supervision
and management. The certificate can also help individuals better understand the basic
aspects of business as they serve in roles business owners, teachers, government leaders
The Graduate Certificate in General Business is unique in that it provides a general
business foundation that can stand alone in helping individuals have a better grasp
on the fundamentals of running a business and serve as a launching point for then
earning an MBA. Such a certificate may also serve as an adjunct for attaining basic
business knowledge in conjunction with other post-graduate degree or certificate paths.
MGMT 5113: Individual and Organizational Behavior
MKTG 5133: Marketing Management
ACCT 5183: MBA Financial Reporting
FIN 5013: MBA Business Finance
Elective (choose 1)
ECON 5113: Managerial Economics
MSIS 5303: Prescriptive Analytics
EEE 5253: Ideation, Creativity, and Innovation
HTM 5263: Applied Revenue Management in Hospitality and Tourism Management
All coursework also counts toward the Spears Business MBA core curriculum pending
separate/independent application and acceptance to that program.
Admissions requirements and deadlines
For fall admission, application must be complete by July 1 of the same year.
For spring admission, application must be complete by December 1 of the prior year.
Admission to the graduate certificate in General Business program requires satisfactory
completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA
All transcripts from bachelor degree studies as well as a CV/resume must be submitted
by the deadline in order to be reviewed for admission. This program does not guarantee admission to the MBA. Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be reviewed. This application
does not require recommendation letters, purpose statement or entrance exams such
as the GMAT or GRE.
have been awarded to Spears Business students during the 2020-2021 school year.