This four-course certificate will help you understand and speak the language of business—and best of all, you can do so in a way that's flexible and manageable. All classes are taught online so you can fit studies into your life’s busy schedule. You will virtually-meet and engage with fellow students online over the course material, while being taught by and having access to Isenberg’s world-class faculty.


The Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Management provides marketable skills that are expected in today’s business organizations. Picking up these essential skills can help advance your career with your current employer or provide a highlight on your resume when you’re in the job market. The certificate provides a foundation on which to build this professional growth, and it also makes furthering your education even easier.

All credits earned in the certificate program are transferable to our Online MBA or MS in Business Analytics programs, giving you a 13-credit head-start on your master’s degree.

Learn more about this program:

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To get started, visit the Online Graduate Certificate in Foundations of Management webpage.


Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls.

Certificate classes are $925 per credit and total tuition of the 13-credit certificate is $12,025. Books, supplies, and registration fee are additional.


Isenberg School of Management is accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accreditation is widely regarded as the highest level of accreditation for business schools. Isenberg is part of one percent of the world's 13,000 business programs that have earned this recognition—the hallmark of excellence in management education.

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


You may begin the program in fall, spring, or summer. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Successful applicants will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or be currently enrolled in their final semester. All applicants must submit the following:

Unofficial transcript
Personal statement (a brief 1-page statement describing your goals and why you want to pursue the certificate)
For non-native English speakers only: English language proficiency scores

Financial Aid: 

We encourage you to speak to your employer about tuition reimbursement if there is a Tuition Assistance Program available.

For certificate programs, you may be eligible for a direct consumer alternative loan. Private loans do not require school certification and proceeds are paid directly to the borrower. When looking for loans, please make sure you specify to the lender that you are looking for a "Direct to consumer loan" or that it is for Continuing Education classes. Financial aid is not available since certificate programs are not degree granting.

UMass Amherst does not endorse any individual alternative loan - you should compare programs and choose those that best fit your needs.

For more information, please visit the Isenberg website or contact us at:

Isenberg School of Management - UMass Amherst
Graduate Programs Office
Office: 413-545-5608