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Certificate in Business Management

Program Description

This certificate provides basic business skills to students with bachelorís degrees who are interested in management positions. The program consists of seven 4-unit courses which offer the theoretical concepts and quantitative tools fundamental to making business decisions. Students learn the theory and applications of accounting, economics, finance and law, statistics, management, and marketing.

Course work completed under this certificate satisfies the prerequisites for the MBA program offered by Cal State L.A. Instruction for the certificate is delivered on the Web via an easy-to-use management system. Some professors may require students to come to campus for the final examination or may require a proctor arranged by the Coordinator.

Students must have access to a modern PC or Macintosh computer; an up-to-date internet browser, such as, Internet Explorer; and access the internet. Lecture notes, quizzes, and other material are accessed online. Communication among students and faculty proceeds through an electronic bulletin board and/or a chat room.

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Admission Requirements
  • Have completed a four-year degree from an accredited institution;
  • Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted or have earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed;
  • Submit official transcripts (bachelor's degree);
  • Submit program application.

Certificate Requirements

To earn a Certificate in Business Management from the College of Business and Economics, students must complete all the required courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Required Courses

ACCT 500 Financial and Managerial Accounting 4 Units
CIS 500 Information Systems for Management 4 Units
ECON 500 MBA Economics 4 Units
ECON 501 Quantitative Methods Business Decision-Making 4 Units
FIN 500 Business Finance and Law 4 Units
MGMT 500 Management 4 Units
MKT 500 Marketing Principles and Concepts 4 Units

2014 Program Schedule (tentative)

Winter Quarter 2014
ECON 501 Quantitative Methods for Decision-Making
MGMT 500 Management

Spring Quarter 2014
FIN 500 Business Finance and Law
MKT 500 Marketing Principles and Concepts

Summer Quarter 2014
ACCT 500 Financial and Managerial Accounting
ECON 500 MBA Economics

Fall Quarter 2014
CIS 500 Information Systems for Management

Course Descriptions

ACCT 500: Financial and Managerial Accounting
This course explores the accounting model, financial statement analysis, cost control and behavior, pricing, budgeting, and system design.

CIS 500: Information Systems for Management
Hardware, systems software, applications software, and telecommunication components and architecture of operational and management-oriented information systems. Cases in managing the acquisition and use of custom-developed packaged systems.

ECON 500: MBA Economics
This courses deals with market structure, demand analysis, consumer behavior, nature of the firm, measurement of economic activity, inflation, unemployment, money and banking, and the role of the government.

ECON 501: Quantitative Methods for Decision-Making
The course explores quantitative and statistical methods of business management. Topics include descriptive statistics, data analysis, statistical inference, forecasting, inventory, linear regression, and optimization models.

FIN 500: Business Finance and Law
This course discusses legal and financial theories and applications pertaining to business management. Topics include forms of business, business law, capital markets, analysis of financial statements, securities law, bankruptcy, and reorganization.

MGMT 500: Management
This course covers the planning, organizing, leading, and coordinating of human and other resources to achieve organizational goals and manage operations. It also examines techniques for improving business decisions, communications quality, business responsibilities, and ethics.

MKT 500: Marketing Principles and Concepts
This course focuses on understanding the influence of the environment, the consumer, and the organization on the research, planning, development, implementation, and control of marketing management plans and strategies.

Contact Us:

For more information please contact the College of Extended Studies and International Programs (CESIP) at California State University, Los Angeles, at (323) 343-4916;

Business and Economics Advisement Center
(323) 343-5156

To find out more information about the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program visit the College of Business and Economics website at:

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Alice Gutierrez
Coordinator, Extension Programs
(323) 343 -4916

Regular Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(323) 343-4900


Program Application

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