Business Foundations


The Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations (CBF) provides an intensive, graduate level introduction to business concepts, tools, and techniques across three critical dimensions: decision making, measurement, and market orientation. The 16 credit hour program prepares current and aspiring managers to effectively contribute to strategic and operating decisions within their organizations and professions; it also fulfills prerequisite requirements for entry into the MBA program.

Course location/delivery

The Certificate is offered fully online (not all semesters), partially online and at the Tampa campus. Cohort programs may be offered off site. Please contact department for more information about our online courses.

Admission requirements

An undergraduate degree in any major from a regionally-accredited college or university; 3.0 target GPA, however, exceptions may be made for students with older undergraduate degrees who have significant work experience and for students who have pursued more difficult undergraduate disciplines. There are no prerequisites.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.




Total of 16 credit hours

ACG 6026 - Accounting Concepts for Managers (3)
ECO 6005 - Introduction to Economic Concepts for Managers (3)
MAN 6055 - Organizational Behavior and Leadership (2)
ISM 6021 - Management Information Systems (2)
QMB 6305 - Managerial Decision Analysis (2)
MAR 6815 - Marketing Management (2)
FIN 6406 - Financial Management (2)



Credit toward graduate degree


Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required. GRE/GMAT are not required.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.


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