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Graduate Business Certificate


Avila University is offering Graduate Business Certificate Programs to adult learners who want to increase their knowledge in a specific business discipline. The Avila Graduate Certificate program is an ideal way to expand your undergraduate course work or add additional certification to your MBA. Certification is available in seven graduate areas: 

  • Finance
  • Health Care Administration
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information System
  • Marketing
  • Accounting (requires undergraduate accounting)

All classes are part of Avila's MBA program, one of the oldest and most prestigious MBA programs in the Kansas City area. Your instructors will be full-time professors and working professionals with strong academic credentials. They will draw on their academic experience as well as real-world experience, to give you the best preparation possible for your future success. 

With a student/teacher ratio of 13 to 1, you'll be able to get hands-on experience quickly and discover more opportunities for personal enrichment and educational growth.

Each program can be completed by taking three to seven 3-hour classes depending on the program and your previous business course work. All classes are scheduled for maximum convenience. Classes meet in three 11-week sessions and one summer session. All 11-week classes meet one night per week. Classes may be taken in any sequence as long as course prerequisites are satisfied. 

Anyone who has received a Master's or a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution will be eligible to enroll in the Graduate Business Certificate Program. Some course work may be waived if equivalent work has been satisfactorily completed at either the undergraduate or graduate level. 

Admission Requirements

Admissions to the Graduate Business Certificate Program will be granted:

  • To those holding a Master's Degree from an accredited institution in any discipline.

  • To those with undergraduate degrees from an accredited institution in any discipline and having a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater for their last 60 hours of academic work.

  • To those that have graduated from an accredited institution but do not meet the minimum GPA criteria may be admitted provisionally to the program. In order to gain full admission, they must receive a grade of 'B' or better on all courses marked with a ** in their respective certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive a Graduate Business Certificate from Avila University, you must have accomplished the following:

  1. Completed all the requirements of one of the seven graduate business certificate programs.
  2. Maintained an overall GPA of 3.0 with no individual class grades lower than a 'C'.
  3. Completed a minimum of 9 graduate course hours.

Graduate Business Certificate course work may be transferred to Avila's MBA degree program with the satisfactory completion of MBA admission requirements including the GMAT.


Each Graduate Business Certificate class is equivalent to 3 graduate credit hours at $495 per hour. Several payment plans are available. Students whose employer provides tuition reimbursement may defer payment until the end of the term.

Graduate Business Certificate Enrollment

We have designed our Graduate Business Certificate Program enrollment as a one-step process. You can be advised and registered for your first course in a single meeting. For more information or to schedule a personal visit contact: 

Sarah Belanus
MBA Admissions Advisor

Graduate Certificate Program Areas

College Algebra with a minimum grade of 'C' is required for all certificate programs. 

Courses marked with ** may be waived from the certificate program if comparable course work has been successfully completed with a grade of 'B' or better at the graduate or undergraduate level. All other courses listed will be required for certificate completion. 


Accounting (Max 15 - Min 12 hours) 

The accounting certificate requires 24 hours of undergraduate accounting including: Accounting I & II, Intermediate Accounting I & II, Tax Accounting, Cost Accounting, Auditing and Advanced Accounting. A grade of 'C' or better is required. Graduate Business Certificate course work, in conjunction with accounting prerequisites, help satisfy education requirements to sit for the CPA exam in both Kansas and Missouri. 

IM 661 Management Information Systems **

AC 652 Advanced Tax Accounting

AC 655 Advanced Cost Accounting

AC 670 Advanced Auditing

AC 675 Advanced Accounting Theory

Finance (Max 18 - Min 9 hours)

AC 501 Financial Accounting **

EC 501 Economic Concepts **

EC 540 Statistical Analysis **

FI 630 Financial Management I **

FI 635 Financial Management II

FI 638 Financial Markets and Instruments

FI 637 International Finance (will be included only if FI 630 is waived)

Health Care Administration (Max 21 - Min 9 hours)

AC 501 Financial Accounting **

EC 501 Economic Concepts **

HA 671 Health Care Systems

HA 673 Special Problems in Health Care Management

HA 674 Current Issues in Health Care Administration

International Business (Max 21 - Min 9 hours) 

AC 501 Financial Accounting **

EC 501 Economic Concepts **

MK 610 Marketing Management **

FI 630 Financial Management I **

MK 611 International Marketing

FI 637 International Finance

EC 682 International Economics

Management (Max 18 - Min 9 hours)

BL 505 Business Legislation **

MG 521 Management Processes **

BU 601 Business, Government and Society

MG 622 Organizational Behavior and Development **

MG 629 Current Issues in Management

BU 680 Personnel Management (or management elective will be included if MG 622 is waived)


Management Information Systems (Max 15 - Min 9 hours)

AC 501 Financial Accounting **

FI 630 Financial Management I **

IM 661 Management Information Systems

IM 664 Seminar in Management Information systems

IM 665 Managing I/T communications



Marketing (Max 15 - Min 9 hours) 


EC 501 Economic Concepts **

MK 610 Marketing Management **

MK 613 Promotion Management OR

MK 611 International Marketing

MK 615 Marketing Strategy

MK 617 Marketing Analysis