In an effort to better equip students for professional success, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business is offering a new graduate certificate program in the foundations of business.
The certificate program is available to students from all academic disciplines seeking business education on the graduate level. Four online courses are required to complete the certificate requirements:
Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the Southern Miss College of Business, noted that colleagues in the health sciences -- nursing in particular -- sparked the idea for a graduate certificate program.
“They asked us to consider a certificate in business foundations to provide options for medical professionals to acquire the business basics needed to manage the organization,” said Gilbert. “As we looked further, we found professionals in many fields who do not necessarily need the entire MBA (Master’s of Business Administration) curriculum but who would benefit from fundamentals in accounting, finance, management and marketing.”
The certificate program is designed specifically for students who have earned an undergraduate degree and want business education on the graduate level; have earned a graduate degree but need to understand the basic of business; are enrolled in a graduate program in a non-business field and want to enhance their degree with business courses and are interested in the MBA program and need to meet prerequisite requirements.
“The certificate program can serve as a stand-alone graduate product, for individuals with degrees in non-business field who need graduate education in business. It can also be a stepping stone to enrollment in the MBA program at Southern Miss,” said Associate Dean and MBA Program Director Dr. Beth LaFleur.
Those wishing to apply for the graduate certificate program must submit proof of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an earned grade point average of 2.75 or higher.
For more information about programs within the Southern Miss College of Business, call the Hattiesburg campus 601.266.4659 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/business; call the Gulf Park campus at 228.214.3447 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/business