Business Fundamentals Graduate Certificate

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The College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy offers a Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals. This certificate is a flexible, fast-paced program designed to give students with non-business degrees a comprehensive foundation in the current body of knowledge and skills in business.

In addition to being a stand-alone credential, the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals satisfies all prerequisites for the University of Detroit Mercy MBA program, which was recently ranked among the top 25 nationally for Management by U.S. News & World Report. This graduate certificate can be offered as a stand-alone certificate (for those who do not wish to complete an MBA) or in conjunction with pursuing an MBA. All coursework from this program may be applied toward MBA requirements, should you choose to pursue an MBA at the University of Detroit Mercy in the near future.

The certificate program offers relevant business knowledge pertaining to the daily operations of business. Coursework includes major areas of business: accounting, finance, management, marketing, production and operations, economics, business law, and statistical analysis.

Distinctive Features

  • Convenient Class Scheduling - Evening, hybrid, and online schedules provide flexibility for working adults.
  • Unique identity - Rooted in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, the College champions academic excellence and good character by encouraging intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social growth.
  • Full-Time and Part-Time Student Status - A student may apply for a Certificate Program on a part-time basis. Full-time student status usually involves nine or more credit hour courses in Terms I and II. Part-time students usually have a three credit hour course load in Terms I and II.
  • Flexibility: All coursework from this program may be applied toward MBA requirements, should you choose to pursue an MBA at the University of Detroit Mercy in the near future.

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on an undergraduate GPA, GMAT score (if needed), work experience, and other degrees.

Guest Student Status

Individuals currently enrolled in another AACSB accredited MBA program may obtain Guest Student Status at the University of Detroit Mercy for a limited number of courses by providing a statement of good standing from their school's Dean or program director, or by applying for guest student status using a Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate School form (MIGS). The MIGS application can be obtained in the Graduate Business Programs Office.

International Students

International students should consult with the International Services Office.

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    Requirements & Curriculum

    The graduate certificate consists of five graduate courses. The Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals consists of 15 credit hours.

    Academic Standing

    While an individual may be admitted into the Certificate Program on a regular-acceptance basis, it is possible that the individual's eventual cumulative GPA may fall below a 3.0 in any particular term. When this situation occurs, the student automatically is placed on "Academic Probation". This status dictates that the student's cumulative GPA must continue to improve in each consecutive term thereafter until the cumulative GPA reaches 3.0 and is then sustained at that level or higher. If, after being placed on Academic Probation, the student's cumulative GPA does not improve in each subsequent term, the student will be academically dismissed.

    Residence and Time Requirements

    Students who have not completed their required Certificate Program within two years may be subject to re-evaluation and additional coursework. Students not enrolled for more than two consecutive terms (without prior approval of the program director) may be required to re-apply for admission.

    Student Responsibilities

    Students in the College of Business Administration are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements and procedures set forth by the College and University. This includes the Student Academic Integrity policy available on our website. Administrators, advisors, and faculty are available to assist students by explaining the various requirements and procedures for each program. However, the ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the student.

    Cumulative Grade Point Average

    Students in the Certificate Program are required to achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for final completion of the program requirements.


    Requirements include a set of courses designed for those applicants who have had no exposure to business courses in their academic background.

    • ACC 5100 Foundations of Financial Accounting
    • MBA 5100 Legal Environment
    • MBA 5120 Statistical Analysis for Decision Making
    • MBA 5180 Foundations of Financial Management
    • MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning



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    The application process may differ based on what type of incoming student you are. Please visit our admission page to learn more and apply online.

    For more information about our Graduate Business Programs, including our MBA, MBA/MHSA and JD-MBA programs, please send your inquiries to:

    Dr. Wonseok Choi
    Director of Graduate Business Programs

    Carrol Parris
    Coordinator of Student Services

    You can also call Admissions during hours at 800-635-5020 or e-mail us and we'll get right back to you:

    You can also request information online.