The Catholic University of America

Certificate in Business Management


To function effectively as a manager, one must understand not only the work environment and the internal functioning of organizations, but also the influence of political, social, ethical, international, technological, economic and environmental issues. Managers must be able to think critically, to analyze situations in a variety of different contexts, to apply theoretical knowledge to real world situations, and to develop cogent arguments and substantiate their ideas through the techniques of persuasion and documentation. The Business Management Certificate program provides students with instruction in each of these important areas.

Who would most benefit?

The Business Management Certificate Program is designed for those who needed a better understanding of both the functional areas of business and the context in which management decisions are made. The program is ideal for new and aspiring managers, entrepreneurs, and those planning to enroll in an MBA program -- anyone who would benefit from an understanding of management and business concepts.


To earn the Certificate, students must complete 7 courses with a "C" or better.Students who have already completed similar courses at other institutions may apply for transfer credit, but they must complete at least six courses at CUA to earn the certificate.


Courses are scheduled on an accelerated basis, enabling students to complete the entire program in as little as one calendar year. Courses typically meet either:

  • One evening per week, 5:30 - 9:45 pm, for a half-semester, OR
  • One evening per week, e.g., 6:10 to 8:40 pm, for a full semester. Courses involving more complex concepts and quantitative courses tend to meet on this schedule.

To complete the Certificate in a calendar year, students would normally take, for example, one full-semester course (meeting, e.g., every Tuesday evening for the full semester) and two half-semester courses (meeting, e.g., on Thursday evenings - one in the first half of the semester, and another meeting during the second half of the semester). Typically, credits earned toward a certificate program may be applied toward CUA's bachelor's degree programs as well. 

Gainful Employment Data

The Department of Education requires that schools post Gainful Employment Data for certain types of programs, including this one.  The required information on this program is available here.

Required Courses

Course Number Title Description
MBU 201 Management and Organizational Behavior Provides an introduction to the principles and practice of management, with an emphasis on individual and group behavior in organizations. Examines how members of organizations behave, behavior of work groups and supervisors, intergroup relations, and employees goals and attitudes. Explores methods for making organizations and individuals more productive.
MBU 205 Contemporary Marketing Covers all the functions and activities of marketing as practiced today, along with what the trends indicate for the future. Some reflection on marketing's professional development. Active discussion and cases, including analysis of ethical situations.
MBU 251 Financial Analysis Introduction to financial analysis, planning and control, working capital management, financial structure, and financial decisions. Emphasizes both supply and demand for capital as well as the return on and cost of capital investment.
MBU 324 Strategic Management Practices A survey course that includes topics such as: the role of HR in organizations, human resources planning, organization design and development, budgeting, motivation and leadership. Course emphasizes strategic planning and policy making, with focus on ability to interpret knowledge of an organization environment and develop internal organizational structures, policies, evaluation techniques to be effective in a changing environment.
MBU 341 Business Law I An overview of certain basic legal concepts and principles pertaining to the business world, focusing on business organizations and property rights. Covers agency law and the legal aspects of the formation, operation, and termination of partnerships and corporations. Also addresses public regulation of business.
MBU 361 Human Resources Management This course provides an overview of the major topics in the management of human resources in organizations. It examines the major issues facing human resources management in the coming years to create a productive workforce and foster effective employee/management relationships. Specific topics include job design, recruitment and selection, skills training and management development, performance appraisal, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations.
MIS 240 Management Information Systems A survey course covering all aspects of the management perspective of implementing a corporate information system; the development of user requirements using business process reengineering/system planning methods; the process of selecting the appropriate hardware, software and communication systems; and the implementation and maintenance of the system. Uses real world case studies to cover state-of-the-art technical solutions.


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