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Business Foundations Certificate Online

Complete Coursework: 6-12 months

Credit Hours: up to 12

Tuition: $10,680 in-state / $10,860 out-of-state*

Program Overview


Business knowledge can be a competitive advantage for individuals in virtually all professions—medicine, pharmacy, music, architecture, engineering and more. This is true for both current students engaged in their initial job searches and professionals who find themselves increasingly dealing with business-related issues.

The Business Foundations Certificate online provides a foundation in key business disciplines such as accounting, finance, marketing and management.

 

This certificate is also a pathway typically utilized by MBA candidates with 3 or more years of relevant work experience. Candidates who successfully complete the certificate may waive the standardized test score requirements for the MBA application.

Courses

The coursework for the Business Foundations Certificate is accelerated and based on 7-week terms to provide flexibility to students by compressing the average time to completion. This 12 credit hour program is made up of three core courses and 2-3 electives that provide a base business knowledge.

To see the full list of Business Foundations Certificate courses, view courses

Admissions

Admission to the Business Foundations Certificate program is selective and based on a combination of factors including academic and professional achievement, strong communication skills and a proven record of effective leadership.

To learn more about our Business Foundations Certificate admissions requirements, view admissions

Tuition

Tuition for the Business Foundations Certificate online program is affordably priced. To help make the cost more manageable, students can pay for each course as they enroll for them. All fees (Instructional, General, Distance Learning and ITIE) are included the total tuition cost displayed.

To learn more about Business Foundations Certificate tuition, View tuition

Calendar

For the convenience of our Business Foundations Certificate online students, there are multiple start dates each year on the academic calendar. Students should consider application deadline dates, turn in all of their documents, register and pay for tuition for their desired program start date.

To see our full calendar of upcoming Business Foundations Certificate start dates, view calendar

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Courses


The Business Foundations Certificate online requires the student to successfully complete 12 semester hours of specific coursework. Coursework may vary for students completing the BFC as a pathway to the MBA program, depending on academic and professional background.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course educates students in the fundamentals of accounting. The methods covered are used extensively throughout the MBA program. Topics include: the accounting process that results in the preparation of financial statements for external users, techniques for analyzing a basic set of financial statements, using accounting information to support management decisions, and using time value of money techniques to evaluate capital asset decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

This course educates students in the fundamentals of Finance. A primary focus of the course is on using time value of money techniques to evaluate capital asset decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a foundation in the study of Organizations (Management) in preparation for the MBA or MS program. The goal is to provide students with an introduction to the study of organizations (strategy, structure, design, and context) to help students navigate through the advanced graduate course work and to become a more effective manager. This entails understanding how organizations work as well as developing requisite personal skills in problem analysis and writing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a foundation in Marketing. Concepts such as segmentation, targeting, positioning, customer and market analysis, and basic marketing planning will be introduced.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Understand how managerial decisions are made in corporations using accounting data. Special emphasis is given to cost allocation, break even analysis, ABC costing, product costing and budgeting decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Develops a manager's ability to exercise informed judgment with regard to the ethical and legal issues that arise in domestic and global business in the context of the employment relationship, financial decisions, environmental protections, and product development.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Introduction to data analysis and statistical methods with focus on practical decisions using quantitative models in a spreadsheet environment. Topics include sources of data, descriptive and graphical statistical methods, probability, distributions, sampling and sampling distributions, estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Topics include regression modeling and analysis including simple and multiple regression, decision analysis for making decisions under uncertainty, risk analysis and simulation of complex models in a spreadsheet environment, what-if models and spreadsheet engineering, optimization models and solving them with spreadsheet tools, optimization models in business applications such as marketing and finance.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of economics at the graduate level for students without previous economics coursework. Students will be exposed to the essentials of both microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics topics to be discussed include the supply and demand mechanism, how markets are affected by regulation and taxation, costs of production, and how market structure affects outcomes. Macroeconomic topics to be discussed include the fundamental measures of the aggregate economy, the sources of economic growth, explaining short-run fluctuations in economic activity, and how government policies can affect these fluctuations. A particular focus will be to understand how fundamental economic principles at both the micro and macro level can affect companies, investments, industries, and national economies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course is designed to introduce students to economic tools useful in managerial decision-making. The course proceeds from describing the general demand and cost conditions faced by a firm, to its market environment characterized by few to many other firms in the market, and finally to its extended environment of potential competitors and upstream and downstream members of its supply chain. Besides the substantive aspects of the course, students will be expected to describe consumer demand and costs using spreadsheet software. Specific topics include profit and revenue maximization, consumer behavior and demand, production and cost, competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, social welfare, merger policy, limit pricing, vertical arrangements such as franchising, and game theory.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The objectives of the course are twofold. First, it is intended to continue to develop facility with the tools used in making financial decisions. Second, it is intended to develop the intuition necessary to correctly apply those tools in financial decision making. The emphasis of this course is on practical decision making. Being able to make practical decisions requires both sound knowledge of financial theory and mathematical facility. Hence, significant parts of this course will be devoted to the study of financial theory and the necessary mathematical tools.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course employs the case method to discuss the managerial and strategic implications of the use of Information Systems in organizations. The course starts with a review of concepts related to Information Technology in the realm of networking, databases, application development, and architecture. Next, it examines the value of Information Technology in modern organizations. Finally, multiple cases are discussed, covering themes like Enterprise Resource Planning, Digital Convergence, e-Marketing and Social Media, Disruptive Innovations, Virtual Teams, and IT Resources and Capabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course focuses on concepts and applications related to organizations and the individuals who design and work within them. The goal of the course is to help you better understand and practice individual and organizational management. We will cover micro-level issues (e.g., individual differences and motivation), mid-level issues (e.g., leadership, groups and teams), and macro-level issues (e.g., organizational culture and structure). By focusing on concepts, applications and issues, you will be better able to see and understand organizational phenomena that you might now take for granted. This course will also help increase your understanding of yourself and others so that you can be more effective in the organizations in which you manage and participate.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course aims to describe many phenomena in marketing. As consumers we develop a surface familiarity with the activities and institutions of the market place but we need a closer look at the players, decision-making issues, processes and key lessons from the commercial trading environment. We also intend to develop an understanding of system dynamics and causal linkages in the marketplace. Why do some products fail? How can we structure productive relationships? What will happen to prices when we intensify distribution or advertising? The course takes up these questions and more.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Introduces basic operations principles through case studies and explores major operations problems. Areas of concentration are decisions and activities involving product and process design, the use and control of resources, scheduling and quality management, supply chain management, and project management.

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Admissions


Business Foundations Certificate Online Requirements

Admission to the Business Foundations Certificate program is selective and based on a combination of factors including academic and professional achievement, strong communication skills and a proven record of leadership.

Business Foundations Certificate as a FOUNDATIONS PATHWAY

  • This option is typically utilized by candidates with 3 or more years of relevant work experience who are interested in completing an MBA. Students start by applying to the Business Foundations Certificate program and DO NOT submit a GMAT/GRE score. Candidates who successfully complete the Foundations Pathway may waive the standardized test score requirements for the MBA application.

    Candidates in the Business Foundations Certificate program are currently not eligible for financial aid until they enter the Lindner MBA online program. Candidates must meet the Business Foundations program requirements before entering the MBA program. Business Foundations coursework is required as part of the MBA curriculum, so this option does not increase the cost or time required to earn a Lindner MBA.

Application requirements include the following:

  1. Submit an online application.
    • Foundations Pathway applicants will apply to the Business Foundations Certificate — Distance Learning
  2. Two letters of recommendation for the MBA program; one letter for Certificates. Please note that the name, mailing address and email address of each recommender is required.
  3. Statement of purpose essay, explaining in less than 500 words how the Lindner MBA program will further your career goals
  4. Current resume or CV
  5. Unofficial school transcript(s)*
    • Please note that applicants do not need to send official copies until they are accepted to the program. Additional information is available at http://business.uc.edu/graduate/admission.html#sthash.X1DnDl6z.dpuf

      *Accepted applicants are required to send official transcripts to:
      Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati
      110 Van Wormer Hall
      P.O. Box 210627
      Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627

      Note: You do not need to send copies of University of Cincinnati transcripts.

Business Foundations Certificate (standalone program)

Students wishing to only complete the 12 hour standalone Business Foundation Certificate must provide the following:

  • Application for admission
  • Application fee ($20 domestic/$25 international)
  • Unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework—Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
    • Please note that applicants do not need to send official copies until accepted into the program. Unofficial school transcripts are required upon time of application. Additional information is available at http://business.uc.edu/graduate/admission.html#sthash.X1DnDl6z.dpuf

      Accepted applicants are required to send official transcripts to:
      Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati
      110 Van Wormer Hall
      P.O. Box 210627
      Cincinnati, OH 45221-0627

      Note: You do not need to send copies of University of Cincinnati transcripts.

      Official transcripts will be required upon admission to the program
  • One letter of recommendation. Please note that the name, mailing address and email address of each recommender is required.
  • Current resume or CV
  • Statement of Purpose—Tell us in 500 words or less how the Business Foundations Certificate at UC will further your career goals
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Tuition


Part-Time Students

The following is the tuition breakdown for part-time students (enrolled in less than 10 credit hours per semester) for the Business Foundations Certificate:

Costs for Part-Time Business Foundations Certificate Students
(enrolled for less than 10 credit hours per semester)
Program In-State Per Credit Hour In-State Per Program Out-of-State Per Credit Hour Out-of-State Per Program
Business Foundations Certificate $890 $10,680* $905 $10,860*

Full-Time Students

The following is the tuition breakdown for full-time students (enrolled in 10 or more credit hours per semester) for the Business Foundations Certificate. Students enrolled in 10 or more credit hours per semester will be charged a flat, per semester tuition. View chart

Costs per Semester for Full-Time Business Foundations Certificate Students
(enrolled for 10 or more credit hours per semester)
Instructional Fee $9,640
General Fee $398
DL Fee $257
ITIE Fee $184
Ohio Resident Total $10,479*
Non-Resident Surcharge $3,919
Non-Resident Total $14,398*

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Calendar


Business Foundations Certificate Online

At the University of Cincinnati, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate your schedule. Our calendar includes other important dates to make it easier for you to get started on your program.

Program Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument Receipt DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition Payment Deadline
June 21, 2017May 10, 2017May 24, 2017June 14, 2017June 16, 2017
August 21, 2017July 10, 2017July 24, 2017August 14, 2017August 16, 2017
October 11, 2017August 30, 2017September 13, 2017October 4, 2017October 6, 2017
January 8, 2018November 27, 2017December 11, 2017January 1, 2018January 3, 2018
February 26, 2018January 15, 2018January 29, 2018February 19, 2018February 21, 2018
May 7, 2018March 26, 2018April 9, 2018April 30, 2018May 2, 2018
June 20, 2018May 9, 2018May 23, 2018June 13, 2018June 15, 2018
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