Advanced Business Administration (Certificate)

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 There is no application fee.

    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.
  • Tuition Estimate

    Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
    Texas Resident $1,359.29 $3,563.87 $4,666.16
    Non-Resident/International $2,625.29 $7,361.87 $9,730.16

    *We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 12
    ACCT 6301: Accounting for Managers 3
    FINA 6303: Introduction to Finance 3
    QUMT 6303: Statistical Foundations 3
    Any other MBA Course 3
    Total hours required for completion: 12


    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.

    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.

    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.

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