Advanced Business Administration (Certificate)

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The Certificate in Advanced Business Administration is awarded to professionals that complete a series of courses about the fundamentals of business concepts, theories and practices. Students who earn the certificate will be prepared to apply the learned concepts to real business administration situations in a variety of industries. Individuals that do not hold a business undergraduate degree will find the certificate program to be great preparation for the MBA program.
  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999
    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official  transcripts  from  each  institution  attended  (must  be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Resume.

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.


    • SEVP regulations prohibit the issuance of a Form I-20 based on conditional admission, effective July 13, 2016. University officials can only issue a Form I-20 when students have met all standards for admission for the program of study listed on the Form I-20. These standards for admission include any English proficiency requirements.
  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Akinloye Akindayomi

    Phone: 956-665-7842

    Office: Edinburg Campus, 220B


  • Deadlines


    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.


    • This program only admits applicants during Fall and Spring semesters.
    • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.
  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 18
    ACCT 6301: Accounting for Managers 3
    ECON 6301: Principles of Economics 3
    FINA 6303: Introduction to Finance 3
    MARK 6300: Foundations of Marketing 3
    MGMT 6301: Foundations of Management 3
    QUMT 6303: Statistical Foundations 3
    Total hours required for completion: 18

    Course Descriptions

    ACCT 6301: Accounting for Managers               [3‐0]

    An examination of financial and managerial accounting theory and concepts and their application in financial and managerial decision making.

    ECON 6301: Principles of Economics              [3‐0]

    This course is an introduction to basic economic concepts. Macroeconomic topics will include national income and output, unemployment, inflation and economic, social and political structures and institutions. Microeconomic topics will include consumer choice, the firm’s supply decision, product and resource markets, resource allocation and efficiency, and market structures. International/global comparisons will also be discussed when appropriate.

    FINA 6303: Introduction to Finance              [3‐0]

    This course introduces fundamental concepts of financial tools and analysis for making effective managerial decisions. Topics include the role of the financial manager in the organization, decisions affecting the internal management of the firm, financial statement analysis, and operational planning and budgeting.

    MARK 6300: Foundations of Marketing              [3‐0]

    This course provides discussion about a range of topics related to the marketing field, its functions and institutional structure at the macro level, as well as an analysis of marketing strategies and policies at the micro level. In addition, it includes issues related to the psychological, social and cultural factors influencing marketing decisions at the business and consumer level.

    MGMT 6301: Foundations of Management              [3‐0]

    This course exposes students to the fundamental concepts of organizations and management. It emphasizes the role of a manager as a decision maker and how managers in every organization plan, organize, motivate, and control in rapidly changing environments.

    QUMT 6303: Statistical Foundations              [3‐0]

    An introduction to statistical methodology to include probability concepts, inference techniques, analysis of variance, regression analysis, chi square and other non‐parametric analyses. This course focuses on the use of the computer in performing statistical analysis.