The Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals provides students with foundational knowledge in four key areas of business: accounting, finance, management, and marketing. This introduction will augment students’ skillsets from their own academic and professional disciplines with a fundamental understanding of effective business practices.

Courses (grades of C* or better) taken as part of the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals can be applied toward the Mason MBA or MS in Management degree upon acceptance into the degree program. To see which certificate courses apply to the degree programs, visit the School Business Website

*Students earning C in a certificate course should refer to catalog policy AP.6.6 for details on the impact of unsatisfactory passing grades on academic standing.

To verify if this certificate currently qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid please visit the unit website.


All students registering for School of Business graduate courses must have graduate standing.  Non-degree student status is not available. 

Full eligibility and admission requirements can be viewed on the School of Business website.


Students may use the credits completed as part of their graduate degree requirements in accordance with program requirements and AP.6 Graduate Policies.

A maximum of 3 graduate credits taken at another institution can be transferred to the graduate certificate. The time limit for completion is six years from the date of admission to the graduate certificate. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 to complete the certificate. 

Graduate level courses offered by the School of Business cannot be audited.

Banner Code: BU-CERG-BUSF

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.


GBUS 613Financial Reporting and Decision Making3
GBUS 623Marketing Management3
GBUS 643Managerial Finance3
GBUS 653Organizational Behavior3
Total Credits12