Graduate Certificate in Business

Discover Your True Potential as a Business Leader

In today’s competitive market, additional business training can set you apart and prepare you for a more rewarding leadership role. Become a trusted member of a management team who others will count on to collaborate, initiate, and innovate.

The highly regarded School of Management at University of Michigan-Flint designed its Graduate Certificate in Business for students who obtained a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than business.  This exciting certificate will provide you with the business acumen you need to manage a team and make a company more profitable. You’ll attend classes and network with a diverse group of graduate students and, if you desire, may use your certificate credits toward your MBA degree.  This nationally renowned certificate offers two flexible format to pursue courses:  Traditional on-campus evening courses and mixed-mode courses blending online and on-campus.  Both formats are designed for busy working professionals, allowing you to balance all your commitments while striving to get ahead.

You’ll earn a Graduate Certificate in Business from a school that is widely recognized for its rigorous standards. You’ll emerge with a quality management education preparing you with the financial, marketing, and management skills to become a valued leader in your company or organization.



Graduate Certificate in Business Highlights
Flexible schedule

Students have the option to pursue their certificate in two formats.  Traditional graduate courses are offered on-campus during the evenings from 7pm - 9:45pm, Monday – Thursday; there are no Friday or weekend classes. 

NetPlus! graduate courses are mixed-mode:  60% online and 40% on campus.  During the online portion of NetPlus!, students will utilize our online learning platform, Blackboard.  Within Blackboard, students will be able to check the course syllabus, take tests and quizzes, participate in threaded discussions, submit work online such as case studies, projects, homework, etc.  Students will have both textbook and other readings, along with coordinating group work, projects and presentations outside the classroom. 

The NetPlus! campus residency sessions are what make NetPlus! unique.  These campus sessions provide traditional in class learning and make up 40% of each NetPlus! course.  Each semester has two residency sessions that students are required to attend.  These sessions occur twice per semester on Friday & Saturday.  Morning courses meet from 8:30am – 12:30pm and afternoon courses meet from 1:30pm – 5:30pm both Friday and Saturday.  These campus sessions provide the opportunity that many online programs lack, the group interaction and dynamic between students and professors.  During the campus residency sessions, the students will been involved in lectures by professors, group discussions, debates, simulations plus presentations and many other group oriented activities.  The primary goal of the campus residency sessions is to engage the student in a myriad of interactions.  Groups and group projects are an important part of graduate courses, along with the networking opportunities available to all students. 

The online flexibility of NetPlus! allows students to work late, travel for business and pleasure and have most weekends free while maintaining their studies.   The weekend campus residency sessions allow students to have the faculty/student/group interaction most graduate students’ desire.  

Students have the flexibility to take one or two courses per semester.  The certificate can be completed in as few as two semester or take the maximum time allotted to complete the Certificate, four years. 


Strong Network

The MBA program offers a great amount of diversity through the educational and/or employment backgrounds of our students along with the locations students come from.  This diversity offers a key learning tool in our program.  Not only do our students learn from our outstanding faculty; but they also learn from their peers.  When working with people of different backgrounds, this encourages different ways of thinking and problem solving which gives our students additional learning tool.  The overall interaction within the certificate will allow students to develop personal and professional networks that will last for many years to come. 


Path to your MBA

Should you decide to apply to the University of Michigan-Flint MBA program and are admitted, all successfully completed certificate courses are transferrable. With the Graduate Certificate in Business, you will have already made significant groundwork toward your advanced degree.


Certificate Requirement

Students must successfully complete four courses to earn their Graduate Certificate in Business.  Please refer to the online catalog for the Graduate Certificate in Business requirements.

Program Costs

In-State Tuition

NetPlus! Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total
12 $897.42/cr hr Included** $10,769.04
Traditional Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total*
12 $698.25/cr hr $167.00 $8,713.00

NetPlus! In-State tuition is $925.25 per credit. Fees and meals included.

*Total cost based on two semesters.


Out of State Tuition

NetPlus! Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total
12 $1,065.42/cr hr Included** $12,785.04
Traditional Credit Hours Tuition Fees Total*
12 $866.25/cr hr $167.00 $10,729.00

NetPlus! Out of State tuition is $1,093.25 per credit. Fees and meals included.  

*Total cost based on two semesters.
** Semester fees are based on two courses per semester in Fall/Winter. Students taking one course will see an additional $83.50 in fees because they are not pro-rated over two courses.

Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice by action of the University of Michigan Board of Regents. Last updated: 6/21/2017.


Students can find course materials and textbooks for courses at the University of Michigan-Flint Bookstore. Books come with ISBN numbers so that students can purchase the correct book edition.  


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Statement of Purpose: a one-page, typed response to the  following question: “What are your career objectives and how will a Graduate Certificate in Business contribute to accomplishing these objectives?”
  • Resume, Include all work experience and education experience.
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic). Submit letters using the form provided during the online application.


  • Fall Semester Early Deadline: May 1*
  • Fall Semester Final Deadline: August 1
  • Winter Semester: November 15
  • Spring Semester: March 15
  • Summer Semester: November 15

*You must apply by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.