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Fundamentals of Management, Certificate

The Fundamentals of Management is a business management certificate that prepares you to build teams, manage relationships, and lead in all types of organizations. It is designed for people newly promoted into management roles or for those who want to improve their management skills.

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About this Program

The Fundamentals in Management certificate requires two Core courses from the Professional MBA program: Teams, Leadership, and Decision-Making and Business Ethics and Social Responsibility. Students then choose one or both of Global Management and Managing Diversity, and choose other electives—some options include Adventure-based Leadership, Management of Change, and Negotiation Skills. 

Existing Professional MBA students can complete the certificate as part of their degree (the certificate courses are either required for the Professional MBA or count as electives). 

The graduate certificates programs in business are also designed to allow working professionals to develop expertise and acquire a credential beyond their undergraduate degree, without having to complete a full graduate degree program. After completing the Fundamentals of Management certificate, students can then go on to the Professional MBA program: the five courses in this certificate (16 credits) count toward the 54 credits required for the Professional MBA. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Establish and maintain effective teams and constructive working relationships, grounded in part on self-awareness (emotional intelligence).
  • Recognize and address moral and ethical challenges and defend a course of action.

Applicants must have:

  • A minimum of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • A motivation to achieve personal and professional growth

Certificate Requirements

This certificate requires 16 credit hours of graduate courses.

  • BETH 5120: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • MBA 5011: Teams, Leadership and Decision-Making

Choose one of the following:

  • GBUS 5310: Global Management
  • MGMT 5345: Managing Diversity

Pick two courses from the following options:

  • GBUS 5310: Global Management*
  • MGMT 5325: Adventure-Based Leadership Seminar
  • MGMT 5345: Managing Diversity*
  • MGMT 5365: Management of Change
  • MGMT 5380: Negotiation Skills
  • MGMT 5910: Special Topics
  • MGMT 5960: Independent Study

*May count as elective if not used for requirement

Explore the Catalog

View the full admissions and certificate requirements in Seattle University’s 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog.

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What to Know Before Applying

  • Current students should speak to their adviser about adding a certificate.
  • New students need to apply for the certificate program as a regular student via our application page.
  • After being accepted, you must complete the onboarding process, including a meeting with your advisor. Once complete, you may start the next available term.
  • Length of program depends on when classes are being offered and how many you wish to take per term. Not all classes are offered every year/quarter. Speak to your adviser to get the most up-to-date schedule for the academic year.

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Carolyn Auvil

Senior Graduate Student Recruitment Specialist

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