The professional Certificate in Business Fundamentals requires 15 s.h. of credit. Students must earn a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 in certificate coursework. If students have completed one or more of the same courses for another certificate, they must consult their advisor to ensure they earn 15 s.h. to complete the certificate program.

The certificate is open to University of Iowa graduate students who are fully employed with at least 18 months of postbaccalaureate professional work experience. It is not available to students who are admitted to the pre-M.B.A. or Professional M.B.A. Program. However, students who have completed the business fundamentals certificate may use the certificate courses to fulfill degree requirements once admitted to the Professional M.B.A. Program. Students interested in applying to the Professional M.B.A. Program should do so before they complete certificate requirements; they must meet admission requirements of the Professional M.B.A. Program.

The certificate is designed to introduce students to the core principles of business. Coursework covers select disciplines within business—accounting, analytics, finance, managing organizations, marketing, and strategy. Students gain knowledge and develop skills that will immediately strengthen their performance as employees and managers. The certificate is comprised of Professional M.B.A. Program courses, allowing students to benefit from the same coursework and faculty members as M.B.A. students.

The Certificate in Business Fundamentals requires the following coursework.

All of these:
MBA:8110Marketing Management3
MBA:8120Management in Organizations3
MBA:8140Corporate Financial Reporting3
MBA:8180Managerial Finance3
One of these:
MBA:8150Business Analytics3
MBA:8300Foundations in Strategy3

Admission decisions are based upon completed application materials, including academic performance and quality and quantity of work experience. Applicants must have an undergraduate cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 or a graduate cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.00, with at least 18 months of full-time professional work experience after completion of their baccalaureate degree. Applicants must be fully employed in a professional capacity to be considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or must have a successful admission interview. In place of the TOEFL, the certificate program accepts satisfactory International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. See English Requirements for M.B.A. Admission on the Office of Admissions website.

Applications are accepted throughout the year; admission is for summer, fall, or spring entry.