The Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals provides students with opportunities to gain broad business knowledge while offering choice in courses that best suit their career needs. Students will augment their skillsets from their own academic and professional disciplines with a fundamental understanding of effective business practices.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals Concentration in General Business provides students with foundational knowledge in four key business areas of their choice.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals Concentration in Government Contract Management features a blend of required and elective courses tailored to government contracting professionals seeking to enhance their expertise in public procurement.

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 degrees upon acceptance into the degree program. To see which certificate courses apply to the degree programs, visit the Costello College of 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.


Full eligibility and admission requirements can be viewed on the Costello College 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.

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. 

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

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

Banner Code: BC-CERG-BUSF

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12-15

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

Students must select one of the following concentrations:

General Business Concentration (GEBU)

Select four courses from the following:12
Financial Reporting and Decision Making
Marketing Management
Operations Management
Managerial Finance
Organizational Behavior
Management of Information Technology
Total Credits12

Government Contract Management Concentration (GCMA)

ACCT 621GovCon Acquisition Regulations and Reporting3
ACCT 623Project Accounting and Cost Management3
GBUS 623Marketing Management3
MBA 729Business Issues in Government Contracting3
Select one course from the following:3
GovCon Business Systems and Control
Project Management
Supply Chain Management
Total Credits15