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    Business Foundations - Online Graduate Certificate

    Broaden Your Business Acuity.

    The online certificate in Graduate Business Foundations is designed to provide a breadth of business knowledge at the graduate level.  This certificate can serve as a stand-alone program to help broaden your understanding of business, or as initial preparation for pursuing an MBA or other graduate business degree.

    Why UW-Whitewater Online?

    • Asynchronous program lets you learn day or night
    • Build connections through online assignments and discussion boards
    • Online MBA ranked #24 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

    Business Foundations - Online Graduate Certificate

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    The Graduate Business Foundations certificate program requires completion of five courses. All courses are 2 credits each and are available online. This 10-credit, 100% online program includes five courses that you’ll select based on your career goals and the prerequisites you need to complete for your graduate program.

    Course options include:

    Core courses*:

    • ACCOUNT 701 Accounting Foundations
    • ECON 704 Economics Foundations
    • FNBSLW 718 Financial Management

    Elective courses:

    • BEINDP 740 Persuasion and Negotiation Strategies
    • ECON 736 Business Conditions Analysis OR ECON 737 Managerial Economics
    • ITSCM 745 Strategic Technology and Innovation Management OR ITSCM 746 Supply Chain Innovation
    • ITSCM 770 Fundamentals of Project Management
    • MARKETNG 747 Marketing Strategy
    • MARKETNG 766 Ethics in the Marketplace OR MANGEMNT 759 Social Responsibility

    * Up to 1 core class may be substituted with 1 elective course

    NOTE: These courses fulfill the Common Body of Knowledge requirements** that must be completed by some students enrolling in the UW-Whitewater Master of Business Administration program. (These students typically do not have an undergraduate degree in business.) However, these courses cannot be applied toward the MBA program's 36-credit degree requirements.

    ** Only Core Courses fufil the Common Body of Knowlege requirements

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    No GMAT required.

    To qualify for admission to the certificate program, students must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution and meet graduate admission criteria.

    If you do not meet the graduate admission criteria, please email us to determine if you could be admitted on a conditional basis.

    International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for information and assistance.

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    This graduate program at UW-Whitewater are a superior value at $678 USD per credit for the 2023-24 academic year — whether  you are a Wisconsin resident, an out-of-state student, or international student.

    If you compare our graduate tuition to others, you will find that this per-credit price is quite reasonable. Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for complete information.

    Course materials
    Graduate students can purchase textbooks and other instructional materials through the University Bookstore or elsewhere online. Students should verify what materials are needed with their instructor.

    Financial aid

    Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program only are not eligible for federal aid. 

    Students completing a certificate with a degree program may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed. To find out, or if you have other financial aid questions, contact the financial aid staff person assigned to you or try uwwfao@uww.edu or 262-472-1130.

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    The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers an excellent opportunity to leverage your existing certificate coursework. 

    Transfer up to 12-credits of your certificate coursework towards the master's degree, saving you time and money.

    Check out our Master's programs.