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The Business Essentials Certificate Program offers a foundation in business principles and skills needed for today’s workplace, in the areas of management, marketing and accounting.

The program can be customized by choosing to study business law, information technology, or corporate finance. The four courses are supplemented by two personal effectiveness seminars that help you develop professional skills vital in the business world.

16 Credit Hours

To earn a certificate, four courses worth four credits each are required. The courses are part of the Anisfield School of Business Professional Core curriculum. The three required courses in accounting, marketing and management are supplemented by a choice of business law, information systems, or corporate finance for a total of 16 credits.

Upon completion of these course requirements and two personal effectiveness seminars, students receive a Certificate in Business Essentials from the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College of New Jersey.


Satisfactory completion (grade of “C” or better) of all of the following courses:

and one of the following:

Participation in at least two of the offered Personal Effectiveness Seminars.

*Requires additional preparation – see course description.

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Requirements / Personal Effectiveness Seminars

Entrance Requirements

Non-business-major RCNJ students in Good Academic Standing are automatically eligible for the Business Essentials Certificate Program but must register for the program. Admission standards for all non-matriculated students are identical to those required of Non-Degree Seeking Students.

2 Seminars

Attendance is required at two of several personal effectiveness seminars which provide valuable, relevant skills that are immediately useful. The non-credit seminar topics include time management, personal branding, and working with emotional intelligence. The seminars are offered on a single evening in the summer and occasionally during the academic year.

Next Scheduled Seminar:

The College will verify completion of the program to potential employers or other parties, as requested by the student. All certificate requirements must be completed at Ramapo College of New Jersey; transfer credits cannot be used to satisfy these requirements. In addition, all certificate requirements must be completed within five years of acceptance to the program.

Program Benefits / Convenient Schedule

Benefits of the Business Essentials Certificate Program

College Students
Non-business majors enrich their academic experiences and broaden their career prospects by developing a working knowledge of fundamental business concepts.

Adult Learners
Individuals seeking a career change or applying for a business oriented position would benefit from the program as well as a college graduate with a non-business degree preparing for an MBA program.

Convenient Scheduling

The certificate may be completed during one or two summers, and Business Essentials students are guaranteed seats during the Summer Sessions. Sections of each course are offered at convenient times, including either online or in the evening. Some of the courses for Business Essentials are also offered online during the College’s four week Winter Session – a convenient and streamlined alternative.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Normal undergraduate tuition and tuition related fees apply to all academic courses (Tuition Information). In addition, all relevant non-tuition related charges (e.g., parking fees, dishonored check fees, etc.) apply. A nonrefundable program fee of $100 must accompany the application.


For Coursework Content Information, contact:

Karen Norton
Anisfield School of Business
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Phone: (201) 684-6653
Fax: (201) 684-7277

For Application/Registration and Payment Information about Ramapo College certificate and continuing education programs administered through the Center for Innovative and Professional Learning, please contact:

Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (A-216)
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Phone: (201) 684-7370
Fax: (201) 684-7277