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UW Oshkosh MBA Foundations of Business Certificate

The College of Business MBA Program offers a Foundations of Business Certificate that provides graduate coursework for developing the skills and knowledge of the functional areas of business. A certificate is comprised of foundation/tools courses from the MBA Program that provides background for students with non-business undergraduate degrees. All courses applied toward a certificate must be taken through UW Oshkosh and completed within four years.

Note: Students pursuing a Foundations of Business Certificate are not eligible for financial aid.  

Certificate Requirements (12.5 - 13.5 credits total)

Required courses

  • BUS 709 Accounting Foundations - Financial (2 cr) or BUS 700 Financial Reporting (1.5 cr.)
  • BUS 709 Accounting Foundations - Managerial (1 cr)
  • BUS 750 Organizational Foundations (2 cr.)
  • BUS 770 Marketing Foundations (2 cr.)

Six credits from the following:

  • BUS 769 Foundations of Statistics (2 cr.) or BUS 712 Data Driven Decision Making (1.5 cr)
  • BUS 730 Finance Foundations (2 cr.)
  • BUS 740 Foundations of Production/Operations Management (2 cr)
  • BUS 769 Basic Economic Theory - Micro (1 cr) or BUS 769 Basic Economic Theory - Macro (1 cr) or ECON 704 Managerial Econ (1.5 cr.)

Minimum requirements to take courses

A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. 

* Undergraduate course work will not count towards the certificate. 

How to apply for a certificate

    1. Apply for admission to UW Oshkosh Foundation of Business Certificate Program.  If you are not a U.S. citizen, please complete the international student application materials.  Completing your application requires a non-refundable $56 application fee.  Your application will not be processed until this fee is paid.  Payment can be made online or a check can be mailed to the UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies at the address listed below.  If you also plan to apply to the MBA Program, you can complete a second application at the same time, which will require a second, non-refundable $56 application fee.
  1. Request and submit official transcripts. To request official transcripts, contact any colleges or universities where you completed undergraduate or graduate coursework. An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is required. You can typically request transcripts online by searching "transcript request" and the college or university name.

    Submit your official transcripts electronically to or mail to the UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies at the address listed below.

UW Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies
800 Algoma Blvd., Dempsey Hall 345
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Note: If you're an admitted student or Special Student, you do not need to send another transcript.

The following steps will be completed with your MBA Program Advisor after acceptance into the certificate program.


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 When should I apply?
The online application and application fee can be completed at any time while you are taking classes but will need to be completed before the certificate will be awarded. The candidacy worksheet can be downloaded and used as a study plan. 


 Where can I take courses for the certificate?

Courses are available in the online and onsite formats. 


How do I register for courses taught online?
You register with the MBA Program at UW Oshkosh as a "special graduate student" by submitting official transcripts along with the special student registration form.

To find the course details required on the form, you just need to access the semester's class detail page and find the appropriate class. You will find the course number/ section/ name and five-digit class number there (as well as additional course details.) 



Will there be a time limit on completing courses for the certificate?
All coursework must be completed within four years to assure continuity.