Graduate Certificate in Business Administration
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- Scott Howland, Keller Alumnus
Business Administration Graduate Certificate
In today's competitive work environment, a comprehensive business education can provide credibility for professional development. Our Business Administration Certificate can help you advance in managerial competencies and move your career forward in a growing field.
At Keller, our business administration faculty is composed of industry leaders who can best address the current challenges and expectations faced by business managers. Our extensive course offerings address such topics as corporate management, cross-disciplinary endeavors, communication and team building to help ensure that you can develop a balanced understanding of business theory and practical application.
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Graduate Certificate Availability
Learn on campus, online or a mix of both
At Keller, we've integrated on campus and online learning so you can attend any of our 90+ campus locations, take your graduate classes online or do a combination of both.
Study at Keller on campus, online or a mix of both
We give you the flexibility to attend classes at any of our 90+ campus locations, take all of your graduate courses online or even do a combination of both.
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Explore online learning
At Keller, we offer online graduate classes taught with the same focus on personal attention and academic rigor as classes taught on campus. And because courses are offered online, you can schedule working on your education around working on your career not the other way around.
On campus and online
For those students who need the flexibility of studying online to balance work, school and life, but also want a classroom experience, we offer a mix of both on campus and online learning. Take some courses online and some at a location convenient for you, whichever best fits your schedule.
Tuition, fees and expenses†
Business Administration Graduate Certificate1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 24
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 8
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: 1,400
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2012.
1 Availability varies by location.
2 At average estimated per-course expense for textbooks and materials of $175; average estimated per-course expense does not apply to exam-prep courses, the per-credit-hour cost for which includes textbook and materials expense.
Experience the real value of a graduate education
Not only will you be learning skills that could help you rise to the top of your field, you'll also be gaining a valuable credential that may affect your entire career. A graduate education could change your earning potential, ability to be promoted and more.
There are many scholarships and other financial aid options available for qualifying students that may help make your graduate education more affordable. Click one of the links below for more info.
Business Administration Graduate Certificate Requirements
Total program length varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could earn your graduate certificate in as few as 16 months.
Total credit hours: 24
Business Administration Graduate Certificate Coursework
Our graduate certificate coursework is designed so that you can earn the credentials and core competencies you need to move forward in your career. You can earn a standalone graduate certificate or you can transfer the qualifying credit hours toward earning a master's degree.
Click on a course name below for its full description.
Required certificate courses (24 credit hours)
- Managerial Accounting (ACCT505) - 3 credit hours
- Managerial Accounting focuses on developing, interpreting and applying accounting information for managerial decision-making. The course stresses using financial information within organizations for understanding and analyzing activities and operations. Students learn linkages between accounting information and management planning through cost analysis (including activity-based costing), operational and capital budgeting, and performance measurement. Prerequisite: ACCT504
- Accounting and Finance: Managerial Use and Analysis (ACCT504) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces core accounting and finance concepts and tools needed by managers. Topics are presented from a user perspective and include transaction analysis; financial statement analysis and interpretation; financial ratio analysis; job-order costing; cost-volume-profit analysis; and operational, cash and capital budgeting. No prerequisite
- Managerial Finance (FIN515) - 3 credit hours
- Managerial Finance teaches students financial concepts and tools needed for effective business planning. Topics, discussed from a practitioner viewpoint, include formation of interest rates, income taxes, working capital management, cost of capital, financial forecasting, external sources of capital, capital structure, company valuation and bankruptcy. Prerequisite: ACCT505
- Legal, Political and Ethical Dimensions of Business (MGMT520) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces students to the legal, political and regulatory controls that define, promote and limit business practice opportunities. Fundamental interactions of law, politics, ethics and corporate social responsibility are emphasized. Topics include business and the legal system; foundations of business ethics; the constitution and business; regulatory and administrative agencies; regulation of private business conduct; the employer-employee relationship; formation and performance of contracts; ownership and control of business; antitrust, trade practices and consumer protection; land use and environmental protection; and the legal environment of international business. No prerequisite
- Business Economics (ECON545) - 3 credit hours
- Business Economics provides a basic understanding of managerial economics and the impact of the economic environment on business decision-making. The course develops micro- and macroeconomic topics, with particular emphasis on marginal analysis, and supply and demand considerations. No prerequisite
- Leadership and Organizational Behavior (MGMT591) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines inter- and intrapersonal dynamics as they affect achievement of corporate goals. Topics include theories of organizational behavior concepts and applications, including motivation, group dynamics, organizational communication processes, leadership, power, authority, team building and organizational development. Managing change in a complex domestic and international environment is also emphasized. Students are provided with a solid foundation for examining organizational behavior in a systematic manner. No prerequisite
- Managerial Applications of Information Technology (MIS535) - 3 credit hours
- This course introduces structures, applications and management of corporate information systems. Coursework investigates how technology is changing the way we conduct communication, make decisions, manage people and improve business processes, as well as how it adds value to business. Students access the Internet to gather and use information, and analyze business decisions using decision support tools. No prerequisite
- Marketing Management (MKTG522) - 3 credit hours
- Marketing Management presents a structured approach to understanding and managing the marketing function. Each student chooses a product or service and develops a written marketing plan to learn how to determine and integrate elements of a marketing strategy. Topics include market segmentation, targeting, positioning and research; product decisions; pricing; channels of distribution; sales management; advertising; new product development; and marketing budgets. Special attention is given to applied business research and to the roles international and ethical considerations play in making marketing decisions. No prerequisite
GET QUICK ANSWERS TO TOP QUESTIONS
What's the difference between a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Specialized Master's Degree and a Graduate Certificate?
These offerings are all graduate-level areas of study, but the main differences are the coursework and required number of credits that you'll need to take. Depending on your career interests and goals, one area of study may be best for you. To find out more about our offerings, contact a member of our team.
Do certain programs require more credit hours than others?
Yes, credit hour requirements do vary among degree programs because the course requirements vary among degree programs. Visit the graduate degree program page and click on the degree program that you're interested in to see specific coursework requirements.
What's a concentration?
Some master's degree programs at Keller (including our MBA degree program) allow you to further focus your degree by taking elective courses in a specific subject area, often applicable to one or several career fields. This area is called a "concentration."