Business Administration

Program Description

The Certificate in Business Administration program is designed to help professionals develop expertise and competency in the critical functions of business - the "blocking and tackling" that is necessary for professional success in business. The program develops foundational skills in management, marketing, communications, accounting, finance, and strategy. Through the use of case studies, exercises, and projects, the program emphasizes professional development and skill building in planning, forecasting, decision-making, and implementation.

This certificate is an open enrollment program. Participants can choose to enroll in the complete program or to take individual courses. Students who enroll in individual courses can earn the certificate by completing all required courses within two years.

Program Objectives

By the end of the program, program participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the management process, with particular attention to getting work done through people in organizations
  • Identify and learn how to make major marketing decisions to satisfy target customer needs and achieve organizational goals and objectives
  • Effectively communicate in organizations, including written and oral presentation skills
  • Interpret financial statements and compute key financial ratios from data in balance sheets, income statements, cash flow, and other statements that measure activity
  • Make decisions based on the time value of money, investment options, and capitalization
  • Analyze business problems to better formulate strategy, tactics, plans, and policies

Designed For

  • Professional or technical specialists or subject matter experts promoted to management positions
  • New or entry-level managers
  • College graduates interested in the broad theory and practice of business
  • Students pursuing graduate level studies in preparation for graduate program entrance

Career & Industry Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, demand for management analysts is expected to grow 19% (faster than average) through 2022. At the same time, demand for executives is expected to grow 11% (as fast as average) through 2022. Demand is mostly driven by organizations seeking professionals who can improve operational efficiency, manage costs, and grow revenue.

Certificate Requirements

Successful completion of six courses, including five (5) required courses and one (1) elective course, for a total of 10.80 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 108.0 contact hours is required to receive the Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University. All six courses must be completed within a two-year time frame.

  Course Name Course Type CEUs
1 Principles of Management Required 1.80
2 Principles of Marketing Required 1.80
3 Business Accounting Required 1.80
4 Corporate Finance Required 1.80
5 Business Policy Required 1.80
6a Elective 1 Elective 1.80
6b Elective 2 Elective 1.80
Total   5 Req + 1 Elec 10.80
 

See below for course schedules and registration information.

Program Faculty

The faculty who teach in the Certificate in Business Administration program consist of faculty at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and practitioners with extensive industry experience from Fortune 100 companies such as Fedex and Deutsche Bank. As a result, students gain a variety of perspectives on contemporary management theory and practice as well as exposure to real-world applications.

Program Registration

This certificate is an open enrollment program. No application is required and registration is available by clicking the course links below. Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students must first create an account and password through the Student Portal prior to registration. After your account is created, you will receive a Georgetown NetID via email. When you have your Georgetown NetID and password, continue registration by clicking "Add to Cart" on the course registration page, logging in, and following the steps to complete checkout. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.

Program Prerequisites

Participants in the certificate program must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program. Any requests for exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing to the program director at CCPE.

Program Format & Schedule

Courses meet Friday evenings and Saturdays. Occasionally, courses may meet on weekdays during the day or evening. Generally, all courses are offered each semester, though some courses may be available in the spring or fall semester only. Refer to individual course pages below for schedules.

In addition to weekend and weeknight courses, there is a Summer Intensive Program that students can complete in 2.5 weeks. The Business Administration Summer Intensive program is open enrollment so no application is required.  See below for a detailed schedule.

Program Tuition

Tuition for each course is $895.00. Total program tuition for all six courses in the certificate program is $5,370.00, not including textbooks. Withdrawals and refunds are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

This program also qualifies for Veterans Affairs Benefits for eligible students.

Tuition Payment Considerations

While non-credit professional certificate programs do not qualify for federal financial aid, prospective students should consider the following for tuition payment:

  • Seek employer funding or reimbursement
  • Enroll in our interest-free payment plan
  • Use Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits/ GI Bill
  • Apply for a private education loan
  • Take advantage of tuition discounts for alums, groups, and select partner organizations
  • Register for individual courses over multiple semesters

Program Materials

Most course materials are included in the cost of tuition, though students may be required to purchase textbooks for specific courses. Please check course syllabi to determine if textbooks must be purchased. Course materials will be distributed in digital format and accessible through Blackboard, Georgetown's learning management system. Students must have a laptop or tablet computer to access course materials.  

International Students

Non-credit professional certificate programs are classified as part-time education programs. As a result, Georgetown University cannot sponsor international students for student visas (F-1) to enroll in certificate programs. However, prospective international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more about travel visas, please see the section on international students under Frequently Asked Questions.

More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please complete the Request More Information Form, send an email to ccpeprograms@georgetown.edu or call 202.687.7000. Interested students are also encouraged to RSVP for an upcoming information session.

Required:

Business Accounting
Business Policy
Corporate Finance
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing

Elective:

Business Statistics
Communication in Organizations
Wearing the CFO Hat: Corporate Financial Strategy


Course Schedule

Course Name Semester and Section
Required Spring 2015Summer 2015
Principles of Management Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Jan 09, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 10, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Jan 23, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 24, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Mon, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 06, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Tue, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 07, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Wed, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 08, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Spring 2015Summer 2015
Business Accounting Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Wed, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Jan 28, 2015 to Feb 04, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jan 31, 2015 to Feb 07, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Section 02
Wed, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mar 25, 2015 to Apr 29, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Thu, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 09, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Fri, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 10, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Mon, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 13, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Section 02
Wed, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
May 27, 2015 to Jun 03, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
May 30, 2015 to Jun 06, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Spring 2015Summer 2015
Corporate Finance Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Feb 13, 2015 to Feb 20, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Feb 14, 2015 to Feb 21, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Section 02
Wed, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Apr 01, 2015 to May 06, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 002
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Jul 31, 2015 to Aug 07, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Aug 01, 2015 to Aug 08, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Section 01
Tue, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 14, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Wed, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 15, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Thu, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 16, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Spring 2015Summer 2015
Principles of Marketing Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Feb 27, 2015 to Mar 06, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Feb 28, 2015 to Mar 07, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Section 02
Thu, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Apr 16, 2015 to May 21, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Wed, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 22, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Thu, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 23, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Fri, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 24, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Required Spring 2015Summer 2015
Business Policy Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Apr 17, 2015 to Apr 24, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Apr 18, 2015 to Apr 25, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Mon, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 27, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Tue, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 28, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Wed, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 29, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Elective Spring 2015Summer 2015
Wearing the CFO Hat: Corporate Financial Strategy Not currently scheduled Not currently scheduled
Elective Spring 2015Summer 2015
Communication in Organizations Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mar 13, 2015 to Mar 20, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mar 14, 2015 to Mar 21, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Elective Spring 2015Summer 2015
Business Statistics Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mar 27, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mar 28, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Fri, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Apr 10, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Sat, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Apr 11, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
Not currently scheduled
Section 01
Fri, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 17, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Mon, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 20, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Tue, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Jul 21, 2015
640 Mass Ave.

Status:
Open
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