Develop a strong foundation in the core principles of business with a graduate certificate in business fundamentals from George Mason University.
Designed to equip graduate students in non-business disciplines with foundational knowledge in key areas of business: accounting, finance, management, and marketing.
Mason’s graduate certificate in business fundamentals will compliment your current academic and professional skillset by adding a fundamental understanding of effective business practices.
Develop both your soft skills (such as leadership, collaboration, and communication) and hard skills (such as analysis, management, and implementation). Aid your decision-making by learning how to develop tools for understanding individual and group behaviors, make and implement effective marketing decisions, analyze financial statements, and apply financial theory to investments.
Students who complete at least two Business Fundamentals Certificate courses with grades of B or better will have their application requirements for our MBA program or master’s in management program reduced, and certificate course credits can be applied towards your MBA or Master’s in Management degree requirements upon enrollment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Earning a graduate certificate offers several significant benefits that make them appealing to professionals seeking to further their education. Among the most important of these include:
- Maximize Your Time and Money
- Develop a Specific Skill Set
- Advance Your Career or Make a Career Change
- Preparation for a Graduate Degree
An earned baccalaureate and/or graduate degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a Mason-recognized U.S. institutional accrediting agency, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts.
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There is a $75.00 application fee. If you are a George Mason University School of Business alumni, please contact Kavon Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Transcript Requirement
We require unofficial copies of your transcripts for application review. You can upload these to your online application. If admitted, you must submit official transcripts prior to the last day to add/drop courses in your first term.
- Upload a copy of your current resume with your online application.
Diversity is one of Mason's core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Mason, visit the university's DEI website. Visit this page to learn more about DEI at the School of Business.