Wilkes University

Management Foundations Certificate

Management Foundations Certificate

The Management Foundations Certificate is designed for students who wish to enhance their understanding of the business world specifically as it relates to management.   The certificate will allow students considering completing the MBA program, an opportunity to earn a certificate with twelve MBA credits.

Admissions Requirements

Applications are invited from individuals who have earned undergraduate or graduate degrees in any discipline or field of study. To be considered for admission, the applicant must submit the following to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • A completed graduate application for admission.
  • A complete set of official undergraduate transcripts as evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

Required Courses

Students will be required to complete MBA 501, MBA 504, MBA 506, MBA 550, LDR 500, and MBA 580.

MBA-501. FOUNDATIONS OF STATISTICS (1 credit)
This course introduces the foundation of probability and statistics used in management and covers the basics of data analysis and display, descriptive measures. In addition, this course is designed to teach the basic and advanced features and functions of Excel, including summative, descriptive and reporting techniques.

MBA-504. FOUNDATIONS OF FINANCE (1 credit)
This course surveys the fundamental financial concepts and principles including the role of the financial manager, valuation models, basic risk and return concepts, and the time value of money.

MBA-506.FOUNDATIONS OF ACCOUNTING (1 credit)
This course provides a background in both the concepts and practice of accounting that assist management in the decision-making process. In addition, the course will include general coverage about the accounting cycle, financial statements, and a base in managerial accounting.

MBA-550: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
Organizations function in a dynamic, complex environment that must balance resource utilization with organizational and societal relevance. This course considers both internal (closed) systems and external (open) systems. This course will review internal systems such as structure, human capital, management, operating policies, employee ethics, and fiscal responsibility as well as external capacities such as industry functionality and compliance, governmental standards and reporting, competitive considerations, technology, market functionality and new media, and strategic response mechanisms.

LDR-500. LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES and PRACTICES
This course lays a solid foundation for students to understand leadership, and enhances their readiness and motivation to lead and follow in ways that advance business. It introduces students to a wide range of issues and debates in Leadership Studies that helps them conceptualize leadership broadly. The course aims to broaden students' perspectives by requiring them to read and critique classic and contemporary theories and models that have dominated Leadership Studies in the last one hundred years. The course also introduces students to core leading tasks in business organizations and firms. It engages students in analyzing the characteristics and dynamics of leadership in executive, sub-system, and group contexts.

MBA-580. SOCIAL, LEGAL, and ETHICAL CONCEPTS
This course provides students with an overview of the legal, social and ethical environment of conducting business. Students will analyze ways in which businesses interact with all stakeholders (customers, shareholders, employees), government, and society to make decisions and the impact of those decision. The course uses current business issues to provide students with the opportunity to think and write critically about the current environment while also recognizing future trends. Prerequisite: MBA 550.


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