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Business Essentials, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (Beginning Fall 2023)

Saint Louis University's business essentials certificate provides students with a broad overview of the critical issues and decision areas across what would be considered core business areas.

This certificate prepares those wishing to advance within – or into – a business career by providing an encompassing survey of the following foundational business disciplines:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing

This approach allows those without a business background to obtain a common breadth of knowledge and learning experience.

Admission Requirements

The Chaifetz School uses a holistic admissions approach to carefully evaluate all applicants, considering every aspect of their application. While an undergraduate degree is required for admission, a business background is not. Applicants must submit their:

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Professional goal statement of fewer than 500 words

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once all application materials are received. The average time for admissions decisions is two weeks.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

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The Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s largest business education alliance and accrediting body of business schools, ensuring continuous quality improvement in terms of curriculum, instructional resources, student selection, career placement and intellectual contributions and qualifications of the faculty. Fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide have achieved AACSB accreditation. 

ACCT 5010Accounting for Managers3
ECON 5010Economics for Managers3
MGT 6000Management3
MKT 6000Marketing Management3
FIN 6000Finance for Managers3
Total Credits15

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
ACCT 5010 Accounting for Managers 3
ECON 5010 Economics for Managers 3
FIN 6000 Finance for Managers 3
MGT 6000 Management 3
MKT 6000 Marketing Management 3
 Total Credits15

For additional admission questions, please contact:

Graduate Business Admission Team

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