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Graduate Certificate in Business Program

As you advance in your career, you realize that you need to gain additional business training in preparation for successfully moving up to management and leadership positions. You may not have a bachelor's degree in business, but you know that additional coursework in business will help you realize your full potential. Providing high-quality management education, UM-Flint's Graduate Certificate in Business will prepare you for an advanced career and professional development.

  • No GMAT exam required for admission
  • Prepares individuals with management and leadership potential to become leaders in their fields and professions.
  • Courses are offered in two delivery modes to fit your lifestyle: Traditional, on-campus courses and NetPlus!, mixed-mode courses (online with on-campus sessions every six weeks). 
  • You will be taking courses with MBA students, expanding your network, and experiencing the excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship of our MBA faculty.
  • All successfully completed certificate courses are transferrable to the UM-Flint MBA program if you apply and are admitted to same

Note: Beginning Fall 2016, fall and winter terms will be 15 weeks long with residencies on 3rd and 11th Fridays/Saturdays. Spring and summer terms will be 7 weeks long with residencies on 2nd and 6th Fridays/Saturdays. 


The School of Management is accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Member institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review system. AACSB accreditation is considered to be the hallmark of excellence in management education. (


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Business program is open to qualified graduates with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

Applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in their bachelor's degree.  The applicant must also have completed a college-level math, statistics, or quantitative course to be eligible for the program. The GMAT is not required for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Business. Students with a business bachelor's degree are encouraged to pursue the MBA program.


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: August 1
  • Winter Semester: November 1
  • Spring Semester: February 1 - NetPlus! only
  • Summer Semester: May 1 - NetPlus! only


Graduate Certificate in Business

The certificate program is intended primarily for individuals with degrees in areas other than business, who are interested in learning some basic concepts of business or are considering the eventual completion of an MBA. (Students with a bachelor’s in business are encouraged to pursue the MBA program.)  Students should apply as a non-candidate for degree in the Graduate Programs Office.  Students in this certificate program are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Requirements (12 credits). Four from:
ACC 521 - Accounting for Managers.  
FIN 551 - Business Economics. 
FIN 561 - Financial Management.  
MGT 541 - Organizational Behavior. 
MKT 531 - Marketing Management.  
SCM 571 - Operations Management.  

Students may not waive or transfer courses into certificate program.


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