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Graduate Certificate in
Business Management Foundations

Program Summary

Build a strong foundation across a wide range of business disciplines, including management, accounting, finance, leadership, and marketing. This interdisciplinary certificate is ideal for graduate professionals who lack any formal business training or education.
How To Apply
Apply by March 30 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

12 Credits $1,236 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Business Management Foundations

Every business needs effective managers in order to be profitable. These management professionals are critical to an organization’s success, addressing operational challenges, leading and motivating people, tracking expenses, forecasting revenue, strategically allocating resources, and setting operational priorities.

As a student in Penn State’s online Graduate Certificate in Business Management Foundations program, you can gain transferable skills that can be easily applied in any business setting — regardless of industry. You can help your team become more productive contributors to your company’s bottom line.

Program graduates can expect to demonstrate competency in the following foundational areas of business management: 

  • strategic management
  • financial accounting
  • financial management
  • managing and leading people in organizations
  • global marketing

Why Study Management at Penn State?

Reputation and Faculty Expertise

This program is AACSB Accredited

This program is offered in partnership with the Penn State Smeal College of Business, which is AACSB–accredited, an honor reserved for the top 5% of business schools worldwide. You will connect with expert faculty who are passionate about serving nontraditional students and specially trained to teach in an online environment. 

Two Credentials, One Path

This certificate is an excellent stand-alone credential that you can add to your résumé. Or you may be able to apply the credits to the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master’s in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or Master’s in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership, if you apply and are accepted into one of these programs.

Learn Business Management Online

This program can help you acquire real-world problem-solving skills. Depending on the courses you select, you can:

  • learn to make sound financial decisions
  • understand financial reporting required of for-profit organizations
  • predict how groups will behave
  • become a motivating force for individuals and teams
  • take a cross-disciplinary approach to addressing business challenges
  • improve overall performance within the organization

Penn State World Campus’ flexible online platform allows you to complete weekly assignments at your preferred pace, so you can balance work, school, and personal commitments. 

Who Should Apply?

This online certificate is ideal for individuals who aspire to move into a management role or managers who want to be more effective in their jobs but require stronger foundational skills. Students may come from a variety of backgrounds and industries. An undergraduate degree in a business-related field is not required.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

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