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Business Foundation Certificate

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The Business Foundations Certificate is designed to meet the needs of professional adults who seek to develop their business skills. Many professionals hold degrees in non-business fields and need to gain knowledge and up-to-date tools in the business area.


Working, professional adults have limited time and in an effort to better serve our students, these courses are available completely online. The courses will sharpen your skills and strengthen your value in the workplace. The Business Foundations Certificate also provides you the opportunity to begin your graduate degree with the Godbold School of Business. The three courses taken to complete the Certificate satisfy the prerequisites need to begin our Master of Business Administration (MBA) and International Master of Business Administration (IMBA) programs.


Required Courses

  • BADM 501 Foundations of Accounting and Finance
  • BADM 502 Foundations of Marketing and Economics
  • BADM 503 Foundations of Management Science and Statistical Methods


Admission Procedures

Applying for the Business Foundations Certificate is easy. Simply visit our Apply Now form and complete the online application.


We will also need you to submit your professional resume, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended and three recommendations. An undergraduate degree is required from all applicants. In order to obtain the Certificate all three foundations courses must be completed. Transfer of credits is not permitted for Certificate completion.


Program Cost

For information on program costs, please refer to the Finances and Financial Aid section of our website and refer to the tuition cost per credit hour for MBA/IMBA/MAcc/MBA-Plus/Business Foundations Programs.

Gainful Employment Disclosures for the School of Business

The following data is provided regarding stand‐alone certificate programs offered by the Gardner-Webb University Graduate School of Business. The data is based on graduates of stand‐alone certificate programs during the period July 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012. The number of on‐time completers and all information on debt load is not reported if fewer than ten graduates are reported during this period. Job placement rate is not required to be reported.

Certificate ProgramBusiness Foundation Certificate 
DepartmentGraduate School of Business
CollegeGodbold School of Business
Internet URL
Occupations and SOC Codes
Administrative Services Managers11-3010
Administrative Services Managers11-3011
Chief Executives11-1010
Chief Executives11-1011
General and Operations Managers11-1020
General and Operations Managers11-1021
Managers, All Other11-9199
Marketing and Sales Managers11-2020
Sales Managers11-2022
Number of Credits9 hours
Typical Length of Time12 months
2012-13 Program Costs 
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Books and Supplies
Other Costs
Permanent Link Program Costs
One-Time Completion RatePursant to federal law, the number of students who completed this GE Program during the award year was less than ten (10), and for privacy reasons, we cannot publicaly disclose on-time completion rate.
Number of CompletersNot required to report.
Number of On-Time CompletersNot required to report.
Job Placement RateStudents seeking certification are concurrently employed within the Business field.
Median Loan DebtPursant to federal law, the number of students who completed this GE Program during the award year was less than ten (10), and for privacy reasons, we cannot publicaly disclose any loan information.
Title IV Loan DebtNot required to report.
Private Educational Loan DebtNot required to report.
Institutional Finance PlansNot required to report.