The graduate certificate in business administration provides an opportunity for students to gain basic business knowledge without having to participate in a full MBA program.

Students will attain an understanding of the basic functional areas of business administration and how each contributes to an effective business organization. Students will learn how to analyze financial statements to determine a firm's performance and financial condition in relation to what matters most to shareholders and investors. They will also learn managerial strategy development using marketing theories and applied marketing research techniques.

Careers in Business Administration

Many career opportunities are available to graduates in business administration, including opportunities in corporate, financial and business sectors along with careers as an:

  • accountant
  • banker
  • benefits administrator
  • budget analyst
  • risk consultant
  • financial planner
  • commercial lender
  • credit analyst
  • economist


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The business administration graduate certificate is offered through the K-State College of Business Administration. The college is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).


The graduate certificate in business administration is a five-course sequence of basic business classes (15 credit hours) including:

  • ACCTG 810 — Foundations of Accounting and Finance (Fall term - Second 8 weeks)
  • FINAN 815 — Corporate Finance (Spring term - First 8 weeks)
  • MANGT 810 — Operations and Supply Chain Management (Fall term - Second 8 weeks)
  • MANGT 820 — Behavioral Management Theory (Fall term - First 8 weeks)
  • MKTG 810 — Marketing Concepts and Research (Spring term - First 8 weeks)

How to Apply

To qualify for admission into the business administration graduate certificate program, students must have:

1) Minimum 3.0 GPA on last 60 undergraduate credit hours

OR 3.0 minimum graduate GPA

OR concurrent enrollment in another graduate degree program

2) Completed prerequisites for the following required courses:

  • Calculus
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • 3 credit hours of statistics

3) Admission to the K-State Graduate School

Application Deadlines

You must be admitted for the fall semester by Aug. 1, spring semester by Jan. 1 and summer semester by May 1. This means that all transcripts, application fees, and any other requirements must be completed and received by these dates.

Please note: It takes at least four to six weeks for an application to be processed once all application materials have been received by the university.

Tuition and Fees

Online and Off-Campus Courses

Students taking online or off-campus courses through Kansas State University Global Campus will pay the same tuition rate regardless of where they live.

Some graduate programs have different tuition and fee structures than what is outlined in the tuition and fee schedule below. A list of these programs can be found on the chart.

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