Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations

The Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations provides students with a solid grounding in the essential disciplines of business. Designed for students without a business degree or formal business education, the program offers functional instruction in accounting, marketing, finance, organizational behavior and human resource management.

Pathway to a MBA

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations are guaranteed admission for our Professional MBA or Online MBA programs. If you are considering an MBA and want to get a feel for the courses, the Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations is an excellent opportunity. All of the courses you take for the certificate will fulfill required courses for the MBA, and you will get a certificate credential along the way.

Students must complete all of the required credits from the course options below and are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. Courses completed as a non-degree student are not eligible for application towards the certificate requirements.

*Please note: current MBA students at the GWU School of Business are not eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations.

Required Courses • 12 Credits

  • MBAD 6211 | Financial Accounting
  • MBAD 6235 | Finance (prerequisite: MBAD 6211)
  • MBAD 6263 | Organizations & Human Capital
  • MBAD 6274 | Marketing