Business Fundamentals (Certificate)


The Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals is designed to give students with non-business degrees a comprehensive foundation in the current body of knowledge and skills in business. This graduate certificate provides essential knowledge in the fundamental fields of business: accounting, finance, management, marketing, economics, business law, and statistical analysis. In addition to being a stand-alone credential, the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals satisfies all prerequisites and 1 core course for the Detroit Mercy MBA program, which was recently ranked among the top 25 graduate management programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. This graduate certificate can be offered as a stand-alone certificate (for those who do not wish to complete an MBA) or in conjunction with pursuing an MBA. All coursework from this program may be applied toward MBA requirements, should you choose to pursue an MBA at University of Detroit Mercy in the near future.

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    Admission Requirements

    Admission decisions are based on an undergraduate GPA, GMAT score (if needed), work experience, and other degrees.

    • A University of Detroit Mercy Graduate Application Form, with the application fee (waived for online applications);
    • Official transcripts for all previous academic work;
    • A resume;
    • Letters of recommendation; and
    • Any other information which the applicant feels is important to the admission decision.

    Program Requirements

    The graduate certificate consists of five graduate courses. The Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals consists of 15 credit hours.

    Required Courses

    Requirements include a set of courses designed for those applicants who have had no exposure to business courses in their academic background.

    • ACC 5100 Corporate Financial Accounting (3 credits)
    • MBA 5100  Legal Issues in Organizational Strategy (3 credits)
    • MBA 5120  Data Analysis for Decision Making (3 credits)
    • MBA 5180 Fundamentals of Financial Management (3 credits)
    • MBA 5240 Marketing Management and Planning (3 credits)

    Admission Status

    Guest Student Status

    Individuals currently enrolled in another AACSB accredited program may obtain Guest Student Status at University of Detroit Mercy for a limited number of courses by providing a statement of good standing from their school's dean or program director, or by applying for guest student status using a Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate School form (MIGS). The MIGS application can be obtained in the Graduate Business Programs Office.

    Conditional Entry Status

    Applicants whose admission materials do not lead to regular acceptance into the program may be considered for conditional entry status. Conditional entry status is restricted to a narrow margin of applicants and usually requires a personal interview.


    Program Characteristics

    Several important aspects of the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals program should be noted. These include policies regarding grade point averages, class scheduling, and advising.

    Cumulative Grade Point Average

    Students in the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals program are required to achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale). A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for final completion of the program requirements.

    Academic Standing

    While an individual may be admitted into the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals program on a regular-acceptance basis, it is possible that the individual's eventual cumulative GPA may fall below a 3.0 in any particular term. When this situation occurs, the student automatically is placed on "Academic Probation". This status dictates that the student's cumulative GPA must continue to improve in each consecutive term thereafter until the cumulative GPA reaches 3.0 and is then sustained at that level or higher. If, after being placed on Academic Probation, the student's cumulative GPA does not improve in each subsequent term, the student will be academically dismissed.

    Class Scheduling

    Classes are scheduled in the evening and online. Classes are currently offered on the McNichols Campus and downtown Riverfront Campus. Evening classes begin at 6:40 p.m., Monday through Thursday for Term I and Term II on the McNichols Campus and evening classes begin at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday for Term I and Term II on the downtown Riverfront Campus. Terms are 15 weeks in length. Each summer session is seven weeks in length. Summer I commences in May. Summer II begins in late June. Downtown Riverfront Campus summer schedule overlaps both end of McNichols Summer I and start of McNichols Summer II.

    Full-Time and Part-Time Student Status

    An individual may undertake the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals program on a part-time basis. Full-time student status usually involves a nine or above credit-hour course load in Terms I and II. Part-time student status usually entails a 1-8 credit hour load in Terms I and II.

    Residence and Time Requirements

    Students who have not completed their required graduate certificate program within two years may be subject to re-evaluation and additional coursework. Students not enrolled for more than four consecutive terms will be required to re-apply for admission.

    International Students

    International students should consult with the International Services Office.


    The director of Graduate Business Programs serves as general academic advisor for all students entering the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals program. When appropriate, specific advising matters may be referred to the advisor in a particular academic discipline.

    Student Responsibilities

    Students in the College of Business Administration are responsible and accountable for knowledge of the requirements and procedures set forth by the College and University. Administrators, advisors, and faculty are available to assist students by explaining the various requirements and procedures for each program. However, the ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the student.



    The College of Business Administration is fully accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Organized in 1916, AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. Detroit Mercy's College of Business Administration has been continuously accredited since 1949 and is one of the oldest AACSB-accredited institutions in the United States. In 2019, the program celebrated 70 years of accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate assistantships are available to selected full-time students enrolled in any graduate Business program. A graduate assistantship is conferred upon a student with the understanding that the student will be assigned to a discipline or program to assist in research, tutoring or general activities. Application forms for a graduate assistantship are available in the Graduate Business Programs Office.


    Program Contact Information

    Graduate Admissions Counselor: Theresa Carson

    Director of Graduate Business Programs: Dr. Omid Sabbaghi

    Coordinator of Student Services: Carrol Parris