Business Foundations Graduate Certificate

 

The Business Foundations Graduate Certificate (BFGC) program at NAU provides a means for individuals with undergraduate degrees in fields other than business to gain exposure to, and understanding of, basic functional business skills.  The program is designed for students and professionals who wish to increase their knowledge of business. Skills acquired in this AACSB accredited program can expand performance and career opportunities in both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. The curriculum can be completed in as little as one summer, or on a part time basis up to six years. This program is not open to students with an undergraduate degree or minor in business.

Students in the program complete a 15 credit hour curriculum of graduate business coursework.  All courses are graduate level, and thus, all students must be admitted to the NAU Graduate College in or order to enroll. The courses are offered during the summer only and are held at the NAU Flagstaff mountain campus.  The courses are completed as follows:

  • BA 523 Integrated Introduction to Marketing and Management
  • BA 521 Accounting for Managers
  • BA 522 Quantitative Analysis & Operations Management for Decision Making
  • BA 520 Economic Analysis
  • BA 524 Principles of Finance & Business Law for Managers

Northern Arizona University requires that students enrolled in graduate certificate programs must complete their program of study in six years. Please see the FAQs for additional information about the program HERE.


Course Descriptions

BA 520 Economic Analysis: Introduction to the tools and concepts of economic analysis.  Students will develop problem-identification and analytic skills through application of economic concepts to real-world economic issues. Prerequisite: Post baccalaureate or graduate status.

BA 521 Accounting for Managers: Students will develop an understanding of financial and managerial accounting from a user's perspective and will be able to prepare financial reports, analyze and appropriately use financial information to make informed business decisions.  Development of problem identification, analytic, and decision-making skills through application of accounting concepts to applied business problems. Prerequisite: Post baccalaureate or graduate status.

BA 522 Quantitative Analysis & Operations Management for Decision Making Students will review basic data analysis and statistics, and learn basic operations management concepts such as quality management and quality control, forecasting, supply chain management, production and service processes, and inventory control all in a context of managerial decision making.  Students will develop problem identification, analytic, and decision-making skills through application of course concepts to applied business problems. Prerequisite: Completion of a math course at least one level above college algebra, and post baccalaureate or graduate status.

BA 523 Integrated Introduction to Marketing and Management A foundational  integrated introduction to management and marketing topics. Students will develop problem identification, analytic, and decision-making skills through application of course concepts to applied business problems. Prerequisite: Post baccalaureate or graduate status.

BA 524 Principles of Finance & Business Law for Managers Survey of the major areas of law and financial operations in business and their relationship to other business functions; internal financial activities, sources of funds, the firm’s involvement with money and capital markets, basic techniques of financial analysis and their application to financial decision making; knowledge of securities, employment and contract laws; development of an understanding of the financial and legal system. Students will develop problem identification, analytic, and decision-making skills through application of finance and business law concepts to applied business problems. Prerequisite: BA 521, BA 522, and post baccalaureate or graduate status.

Program Schedule

The program schedule is offered in the summer only. This schedule lists the face-to-face days and times.  Blended courses will have some online lectures in addition to the face-to-face schedule.  The table below is the schedule for summer 2014.  Future year scheduling will be similar.

  BA 523 Integrated Intro to Management & Marketing BA 521 Accounting for Managers

BA 522      QA & OM for Decision Making

BA 520 Economic Analysis

BA 524      Principles of Finance & Law for Managers
Pre Summer Session, mid to late May

M-TH

Early   Evening

 

       
Summer Session I, early June to early July  

M,W

Early Evening  Blended

T, TH

Early Evening Blended

 

   
Summer Session II, early July to early August      

T, TH

Early Evening Blended

 

M, W

 Early   Evening Blended