The world of business is constantly evolving. Individuals frequently find themselves in new positions that require new skills to stay competitive as working professionals. Whether you already have a master’s degree and want to deepen your knowledge to apply to your job today or you are interested in just taking courses in a focused, relevant industry area, the Graduate Certificate program offered by the Graduate School of Business Administration UCCS may be the perfect solution for you.
All business certificates are designed to work well as stand-alone programs, with the ability to stack up to 12 credits toward the MBA Program (contingent on grades and time limitations). The curriculum can be completed in two years or less. Students may accelerate their completion time by taking a mix of campus and online classes. Online courses are asynchronous, allowing students to ‘attend’ class when it is convenient, as long as deadlines are met. Graduate business certificate courses are taught by full-time, doctoral qualified faculty at UCCS.
Graduate Certificate Admissions
Graduate certificates are available to students who have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (any field) at a regionally accredited institution and have demonstrated their admissibility to the graduate certificate program. A minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required. To apply to a College of Business Graduate Certificate, submit the following:
- Online application
- $60 application fee
- Current resume
- Official transcripts from every institution attended
The application process may vary based on the student’s academic background. For additional information, contact the College of Business Graduate Office at 719-255-3408 or refer to the Graduate Certificate website: www.uccs.edu/mba.
Policies and Procedures
Standards of Performance
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA once admitted to the certificate program. Students falling below a 3.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation regardless of the number of credit hours completed towards the certificate program. Students falling below a 2.0 GPA will be automatically suspended.
Time Frame for Completion
Students have 3 years from the time of admission to complete the graduate certificate. Students not meeting this time frame should contact the College of Business Graduate Office.
Internships are not available for students pursuing the College of Business Graduate Certificates.
Graduate certificates consist of 12 credit hours (4 classes) of coursework beyond any prerequisites. Although a grade of C or better is required in each course, students are required to have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better to earn the certificate.
Students may transfer up to 3 credits from a regionally accredited institution to the Graduate Certificate if approved by the department.
Students completing the requirements for a College of Business Certificate should contact the Graduate Advising Office at GSBA@uccs.edu. Completion of a College of Business graduate certificate will be noted officially on students’ transcripts.
Graduate Certificate Options
Students may pursue more than one College of Business graduate certificate. Contact the Graduate Advising office at GSBA@uccs.edu to further discuss your options and to add another certificate track to the degree audit.
Certificates are offered in accounting, cybersecurity management, finance, health care administration, innovation management, international business, management, marketing, operations & supply chain management, project management, service management, and sport management. Certificates are available both on-campus and online, but all certificates may not be available in both formats.