Business Management Foundations

An overview of the Penn State Smeal Graduate Certificate in 'Business Management Foundations.'

Every business needs effective managers in order to be profitable. These management professionals are critical to an organization’s success, addressing operational challenges, leading and motivating people, tracking expenses, forecasting revenue, strategically allocating resources, and setting operational priorities.

As a student in Penn State’s online Graduate Certificate in Business Management Foundations program, you can gain transferable skills that can be easily applied in any business setting — regardless of industry. You can help your team become more productive contributors to your company’s bottom line.

Program graduates can expect to demonstrate competency in the following foundational areas of business management: 

  • strategic management
  • financial accounting
  • financial management
  • managing and leading people in organizations
  • global marketing

Learn More and Apply: Visit Penn State World Campus for more on the online Graduate Certificate in Business Management Foundations. 

Two Credentials, One Path

This certificate is an excellent stand-alone credential that you can add to your résumé. Or, you may be able to apply the credits to the Master of Business Administration (MBA)Master’s in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or Master’s in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership, if you apply and are accepted into one of these programs.

Who Should Apply?

This online certificate is ideal for individuals who aspire to move into a management role, or managers who want to be more effective in their jobs but require stronger foundational skills. Students may come from a variety of backgrounds and industries. An undergraduate degree in a business-related field is not required.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Penn State Smeal Graduate Certificate in Business Management Foundations, please contact:

Michelle Rockower
Office of Professional Graduate Programs
220C Business Building
814-865-5290
bmgfnd@smeal.psu.edu