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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.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Mason, Paul
2 16401
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.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hall, Arthur
2 16402
FIN 701 Finance
This course provides an overview of the challenges associated with the financial management of firms. The focus is on the practices followed by managers in raising and investing capital so as to maximize value. Topics include cash planning, working capital management, operating and financial risks, valuation of real and financial assets, and the cost of capital. Prerequisite: ACCT 701 or ACCT 706. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.

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.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
TuTh 06:00-08:40 PM BEST 120 - EDWARDS
3 28648
LEC Walden, Joseph
2 16403
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.
Fall 2018
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Ward, Kenneth
TuTh 06:00-08:40 PM RC 108 - EDWARDS
3 24594
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.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2018 semester.


Admission deadlines


July 15


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



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Admissions Coordinator

KU School of Business – MBA Program

3155 Capitol Federal Hall

1654 Naismith Drive

Lawrence, KS 66045



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Baden J. Fox

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