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Foundations of Business

Advance Your Career with Advanced Knowledge

If you're not quite ready to dive into an MBA program, or if you're just looking for some business knowledge, a Foundations of Business certificate is your ticket to executive education. You'll learn the basics of business management and get a great introduction to our MBA programs. And if you later decide to pursue a full MBA, this certificate is the perfect pathway to a Working Professional MBA program.

The Foundations of Business certificate is open to anyone with an accredited bachelor's degree, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. And you don't need prior business education to apply.

NOTE: Only those in the MBA program are eligible for financial aid through federal student loans for certificate programs.

 

To receive your certificate, we require 18 credit hours.
Listed below are the six, three-credit-hour courses you'll take:

ACCT 701 Financial Accounting
Financial accounting provides information to decision-makers external to the business, such as investors and lenders. The course describes the process through which economic information is captured, validated, and distributed externally in the form of financial statements. It also covers the contents of the major financial statements, focusing on how the various accounts are defined and measured and how the information can be used by external decision-makers. Enrollment restricted. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Arpin, Joshua
W 06:00-08:30 PM REGN 165 - EDWARDS
3 50728
BE 701 Business Economics
This course uses economic theory and methodology to understand and improve managerial decision making. The focus is on the role of markets in determining business and individual opportunities to create value, the behavior of individual markets reacting to supply and demand forces, and the consequences of alternative market structures and business policies. Course content includes demand, production, cost analysis, supply and demand analysis, price and non-price modes of competition, market structure, and economic efficiency. Enrollment restricted. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

FIN 701 Financial Management
This course provides an overview of the problems associated with the financial management of business firms. The focus is on the practices followed by managers in raising and investing capital so as to maximize value. Prerequisite: ACCT 701. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lytle, Laurian
M 06:00-08:40 PM REGN 352 - EDWARDS
3 69182
DSCI 701 Statistical Decision Making
This course provides an introduction to data gathering and analysis with an emphasis on problem solving for decision making and process improvement in a business setting. The role of numerical data in the understanding of business problems and in the evaluation of planned improvements is studied, along with the study of variation commonly occurring in business processes and methods of reducing this variation. Statistical software is used to supplement data analysis and aid in the problem solving. Topics covered may include statistical methods such as exploratory data analysis, graphical analysis, Pareto analysis, stratification analysis, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression, and control charts. Enrollment restricted. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

MGMT 701 Organizational Behavior
This course focuses on human behavior in organizations. It helps the student learn to think systemically and critically about organizations, to appreciate knowledge building in the organization sciences, and to apply that knowledge in the work setting. Topics covered may include: individual differences and motivation, work and group design, leading and decision making, organization design and culture, and organization change and development. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2018 semester.

MKTG 701 Marketing Management
This course examines the marketing function of the firm, primarily from a managerial perspective. The topics examined include: marketing concepts, segmentation, and decisions related to positioning, products, pricing, distribution, and promotion. LEC.
Spring 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
M 06:00-09:40 PM REGN 253 - EDWARDS
3 50730
 

Admission deadlines


Fall

July 15

Spring

December 15

Application requirements


  • Completed online application
  • $30 application fee, payable online
  • Official transcript (current MBA students excluded)
  • Current resume
  • MBA Math Transcripts: applicants will only be considered upon successful completion of the MBA Math tutorial with all sections 80% or better, www.mbamath.com

 

 

Finished Applying?

Then you're probably eager to see if you've been accepted. After you apply, we'll make a decision and send you an email notifying you of a decision letter. You'll be able to access the letter on your application status page. In the mean time, feel free to check your status any time after you've applied.

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Questions?

Reach out to:

Admissions Coordinator

KU School of Business – MBA Program

3155 Capitol Federal Hall

1654 Naismith Drive

Lawrence, KS 66045

785-864-6052

kumba@ku.edu


Student Success Coach

Baden J. Fox

Academic Success Coach, Working Professional MBA
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