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Business Foundations, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The Business Foundations Certificate at Saint Louis University's Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business is an 18-credit certificate program available for graduates of any undergraduate program who are interested in gaining business knowledge and skills. Upon successful completion of the certificate, interested students may apply for admission to Saint Louis University's Professional MBA program and if accepted, the completed 18 credits may be applied toward the MBA program of study.

Curriculum Overview

The certificate requirements consist of 12 credits of graduate foundation courses and six credits of breadth courses (chosen by the student in association with their advisor) for a total of 18 credits.

Admission Requirements

  • 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. Application files are reviewed holistically (undergraduate performance, internship or professional experience and professional goal statement). The average time for admissions decisions is two weeks.

Requirements for International Students

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will also need to submit:

English Language Proficiency Scores: For non-native speakers of English, an official English Language test score report is also required and must be sent directly to the institution. Scores should be no more than two years old. This program requires a TOEFL score of 80 and an IELTS broadband of at least a 6.5, or a Duolingo score of 110.

  • The Graduate Programs Office reserves the right to evaluate an applicant's English based on an admissions interview and/or an English language test. Based on the results from either or both, applicants may be referred to INTO SLU for additional coursework. 

Official Academic Transcripts: An official transcript articulating both GPA and grades for all previous coursework is required and will be evaluated at the time of admission.

  • The Graduate Programs Office reserves the right to request an applicant submit a WES or ECE evaluation.

Documentation of Financial Support: After an admission decision has been made and scholarship consideration has been assessed, students will need to complete an addendum form outlining certification of financial support for one year of study (if a student visa is required) submitted with the necessary documentation. Documentation will include:

  • A letter (declaration) of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency providing funds for your tuition and living expenses for the duration of your study at Saint Louis University.

  • A letter (certification) from the sponsor’s bank verifying that such funds currently are available and will be so for each subsequent year of your study at this University. The financial evidence must cover at least the amount of expenses needed for the first year of your study.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

For more information about student loans, please visit the student financial services office online at  


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. 

Foundation Courses
ACCT 5010Accounting for Managers3
ECON 5010Economics for Managers3
OPM 5020Applied Business Statistics3
OPM 5050Introduction to Operations Management3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
FIN 6000
Finance for Managers
IB 6000
Global Business Environment
ITM 6000
Managing Information Technology
MGT 6000
MKT 6000
Marketing Management
Total Credits18

Continuation Standards

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

For additional admission questions, please contact:

Graduate Business Admissions Team 314-977-3800 

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