Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals
Suffolk's Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals (GCBF) is a six-course program that covers the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a business environment. Courses include the fundamentals of economics, statistics, operations, accounting, finance, and marketing. This program is designed for those who have no previous business background.
As a part-time student, you can complete the GCBF in as few as nine months. If you apply to the MSBA, MSF, or MSM degree program at the Sawyer Business School within a year of completing this certificate and earn a GPA of 3.3 or higher, you won't need to take the GRE or GMAT.
Paying for Graduate School
|Cost Per Credit (2018-2019)||$1,466|
Fall Semester: March 15 (priority), then rolling
Spring Semester: October 15 (priority), then rolling
Summer Semester: April 1 (priority), then rolling
Learn about the advantages of priority applications.
- Completed online application
- $50 application fee
- Official transcripts for all post-secondary education
- Goal statement (essay)
- Letter of recommendation (Learn more)
Graduate certificate courses, if waived, will need to be substituted with an approved elective. To substitute an approved elective for a required course, a student must have successfully completed equivalent academic coursework at the undergraduate/graduate level in the five years prior to matriculation ("B" or better) and provide official transcript (with English translation, if applicable).
Candidates who apply within one year of completing their graduate certificate will have applicable courses applied to Sawyer Business School (SBS) graduate degree programs in the same discipline as the certificate as long a grade of "B" or better was earned in that course.
Candidates who apply beyond one year or from a certificate program outside their discipline will have coursework evaluated on a case by case basis for relevancy, current degree requirements and current Sawyer Business School wavier and transfer policies.
Transfer credits from the graduate certificate must have an earned grade of "B" or better and have been taken within five years prior to entering a SBS graduate degree program. However, at the discretion of the program director, some courses may not be transferred if the subject material has changed significantly since completion.
Gainful Employment Disclosure
View the Federally Mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals.