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Business Certificate

  • Credits:
    16
  • Degree:
    Management Certificate

Program Description

The Business Management certificate program at Cambridge College provides training for supervisory and management positions in business. Studies cover key business functions such as accounting, marketing, and finance – exploring essential concepts, processes, and best practices for each. You’ll also develop analytical and decision making skills and learn to think strategically about markets, technology, and resources. Designed for adult learners, the business management certificate is offered via convenient evening/weekend intensive and online classes.

Cambridge College Business Certificate Program Highlights

Take the next step in your business training with a certificate in business management. Cambridge College offers one of the best business certificate program options for working professionals who need to balance work and family time with education.

  • Flexible evening, weekend, and online classes. Our programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of adult learners, including convenient course options to fit working schedules.
  • Affordable tuition. We offer one of the lowest tuition rates in the country for a four-year private nonprofit college, with a variety of financial aid opportunities to help with education expenses.
  • Accessible, experienced faculty. At Cambridge College, 
  • you’ll work closely with top professors who bring professional business experience and real-world insights to classroom lessons.
  • Easy to apply. Cambridge College offers a quick and easy application process and does not require graduate school exams for admission.
  • Convenient locations. All of our classroom locations are close to public transportation and/or offer free parking for students. Join us for a casual information session or open house.

According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the number of people who hold post-baccalaureate certificates has increased by more than 50% since 2005 — and the numbers continue to grow.

When you earn a certificate, you can expect anywhere from a 13 to 25% boost in your annual salary. (Source: Forbes)

Business Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

Earning a certificate in business can help you advance your career and boost your salary. It also offers a quicker and more affordable option for students who are not ready to pursue a master’s degree. When you earn your business certificate at Cambridge College, you’ll graduate with skills to:

  • Interpret, analyze, and communicate financial data.
  • Understand the marketing management process, including competitive analysis, identifying target markets, designing marketing programs, and implementing communications initiatives.
  • Identify human resources management issues and develop effective policies that are consistent with an organization’s culture and environment.
  • Use statistical techniques to make effective management decisions. 

Business Management Careers

Graduates of the business certification program at Cambridge College find jobs in a variety of industries and organizations, often working in general management positions and other business roles. Job titles may include:

  • Sales associate or manager
  • Marketing analyst or manager
  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Human resources manager

Example Business Certificate Courses

The business certificate curriculum covers foundational skills for diverse careers in business and includes the following courses:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Statistical Decision Techniques for Managers

Other elective course options explore topics such as developing a business plan, drafting business contracts, and social media marketing.

View the full Business Management certificate program curriculum.

Business Certificate Scholarships and Financial Aid

Get help paying for your business certificate program. Cambridge College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to help with tuition and other education expenses. Learn more about financial assistance options.

Many companies also offer tuition assistance programs that can help to pay for your business management degree. Learn more about getting your company to help.

Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re thinking about earning a certificate in business management, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College:

Curriculum


Required Courses
12
Credits
Financial Accounting
MMG 520 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG514 or equivalent. Financial Accounting covers the four basic financial statements and the way they are used by decision makers. Fundamentals and principles of accounting are discussed along with key concepts underlying accounting systems. Students learn the framework of debits and credits used in posting. The course has a focus on interpretation, analysis and communication of financial data. It covers balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, statements of retained earnings, and required SEC 10K filings. Students learn dual entry - accrual accounting with a focus on analysis of key ratios derived from financial statements for internal management. Special attention is given to accounting for assets, liabilities and owner’s equity. Additional topics include generally accepted accounting principles (GAP), the Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, and ethics in accounting.
Statistical Decision Techniques for Managers
MMG 525 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG506 Quantitative Analysis for Managers or equivalent. This course provides students with the knowledge and appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in management decision making and develops their ability to characterize management problems that can be solved by such techniques. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression and correlation, chi square testing, analysis of variance, and decision theory. spreadsheet and statistical computer programs are used in the class.
Marketing Management
MMG 733 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG 511 recommended. This course provides a basic overview of the marketing management process, oriented primarily to the non-marketing specialist. It examines the role of marketing in a variety of organizations - product/service, public/private. It introduces students to the analysis of an organization’s market environment, and the development of marketing programs designed to achieve organizational goals. Topics covered include the analysis of markets, buyers and competition; the identification and selection of target markets; the design of product, pricing, distribution and communication programs appropriate to selected markets; and the planning, implementation and control of the marketing effort. The course emphasizes the practical utility of marketing tools and concepts through the use of case studies and application to the students’ own work environment. The course also attempts to create a heightened awareness of the global interrelationships affecting marketing, and the societal implications of marketing decisions.
Human Resource Management
MMG 740 3 credit(s)
Changes in the social and legal environment, and the workforce, make it increasingly difficult for organizations to manage relations with employees. The Human Resources Manager needs to be able to formulate organization-wide human resource policies which result in competitive strategy, efficiency and effectiveness, and which are consistent with the organization’s culture and environment. The interests of many stakeholders have to be reflected in such policies — employees, unions, communities and government. The course helps students identify and understand Human Resources Management issues, develop skills in diagnosing situations, discuss effective approaches to problems and assess the comparative effects of immediate action and long-term policies.
Elective
3
Credits

Choose one elective course from the MBA program.

1-Credit Course
1
Credits

Choose one.

Drafting Business Contracts
DMG 603 1 credit(s)
This course is designed for students who have completed at least one of the following courses: MMG746, MMG747, or MMG748, and/or those who are interested in developing a basic understanding of the mechanics of creating a formal contract. When one has completed a negotiation, whether using a hardball (distributive) or an interest-based (integrative) approach, the time comes when it is necessary to analyze (memorialize) the agreement by putting it into writing in the form of a legal and binding contract. Through this directed study students will develop the skills and resources to create such a document. The focus will be on the legal elements of a contract; the ramifications, legal and otherwise, of “loopholes” within contracts; and the basic law governing contracts in the United States.
Statistical Analysis Using Spreadsheets
DMG 621 1 credit(s)
Previous experience with Windows and spreadsheets preferred. This course helps students use spreadsheets to develop complete analysis and presentations. Using Microsoft Excel, this course reviews the fundamentals of spreadsheet design, creation and formatting. Students learn how to create graphs and charts, and how to perform a variety of time-series, financial and statistical calculations. They learn to perform “what if” analyses and use spreadsheets for simple descriptive statistics and regression analysis.
Social Media Marketing
DMG 604 1 credit(s)
With the rise of social media and the abundance of devices that allow people to be connected 24/7, marketing is experiencing a dramatic shift from traditional print, radio and broadcast to social media. Social media allows brands to communicate, listen and respond faster than it was ever possible before. After this course, you will understand the elements of social media marketing; how to create and implement a strategy; and how to use tools to analyze the effectiveness of your social media strategy.
Developing a Business Plan
DMG 615 1 credit(s)
Developing a Business Plan is a hands-on course that provides students with the basics of how to develop a business plan. Students learn how to describe the business, how to use a structured coaching process to write the business plan, and how to use the business plan to anticipate key issues. The course covers (1) business plan basics including: who needs to write a business plan, when to write one, how long it should be, what a business plan can and cannot do, the risks of writing a business plan, (2) the elements of a business plan, (3) how to develop the plan and (4) ways to enhance a business plan.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

Adjunct Instructor

Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for the School of Management

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Tuition

  • Credits:
    16
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $658
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,308 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of July 2019, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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