Graduate Business Certificate Programs/ Business Essentials

Graduate Certificate Programs

These programs are for working professionals who have earned a bachelor's degree but need to enhance a resume, improve skills, prepare for a job change, or just want to continue to learn in a field they did not major in at college. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college is required.

Business Analytics Certificate

The Business Analytics Certificate is designed for working professionals who are in need of fundamental knowledge in the area of business analytics, either to better perform in a current position, or to become more marketable for a future role in their career.

The certificate program covers fundamentals of business analytics including introduction to business analytics, forecasting and predictive analytics, database systems for business analytics and data mining.

This fall start certificate is a great option for those who are currently unable to commit to the master’s degree in Business Analytics.

Required courses:

OM 400 Principles of Business Analytics
QA 500 Business Forecasting and Predictive Analytics
IS 540 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
IS 510 Databases for Business Analytics

with OM 400 Principles of Business Analytics

Business Essentials Certificate: The Mini MBA

The Mini MBA is for students who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in something other than business who now would like to gain basic business knowledge.

  • This is a perfect certificate for new small business owners who want to get an overview of the major areas of running a business.
  • This is also an attractive program for graduates who aren’t sure if they want to commit to an MBA program.
  • The flexibility of this program allows you to take these courses over one summer.

These courses are the required foundational courses in the MBA program. Should you decide to continue once completing the certificate you have already completed 12 graduate credits!

Required courses:

AC 400 Introduction to Accounting
FI 400 Principles of Finance
MG 400 Organizational Behavior
MK 400 Marketing Management

Admission Procedures

Those seeking formal admission to a certificate program must complete the following procedures:

  1. Apply online and complete the formal application.
  2. Pay a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  3. Submit your official undergraduate transcript.
  4. Submit a professional resume.


Send all admission documents to:

Committee on Graduate Admission
Dolan School of Business
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Questions: 203-254-4000, ext. 3019.

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