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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.

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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.

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements for the Business Essentials Certificate?
To earn a certificate, four (4) four-credit courses are required. Three of the courses are required of all certificate students and the fourth required course offers enrollees options. The three required courses are Principles of Financial Accounting (ACCT221), Marketing Principles and Practices (MKTG290) and Managing Organizational Behavior (MGMT302). For the fourth course, you may choose one of the following courses: Business Law I (BADM223), Principles of Information Technology (INFO224) or Corporate Finance I (FINC301). In addition to the credit-bearing courses, you must attend two out of three non-credit Personal Effectiveness Seminars.

Q: Who can take 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 and those preparing for an MBA program.

Q: How long does the certificate take to complete?
The Business Essentials Certificate can be completed at your own pace. Sections of each course are offered at convenient times, including either online or in the evening. The certificate can also be completed during one or two summers. Business Essentials students are guaranteed seats during summer sessions. Some of the required courses are also offered online during the College’s four-week winter session.

Q: Who do I contact if I have difficulty registering for a course?
If you are having trouble with registration and/or need a permit to register for a course, please contact Karen Norton at (201) 684-6653 or knorton@ramapo.edu.

Q: Is the Business Essentials Certificate eligible for financial aid?
If you are a current Ramapo College student receiving aid, the required classes are part of your normal course schedule, therefore are paid through your college account. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (201) 684-7549 to see how many credits you are covered for through financial aid. If you are not a matriculated Ramapo College student, this program is not eligible for financial aid because it is a non-degree program.

Q: What is the total cost of the program?
The courses for the Business Essentials Certificate are all credit-bearing Ramapo College courses and tuition is established annually by the Board of Trustees. The cost per credit is dependent on the semester in which courses are taken, as well as in-state or out-of-state status. To view the tuition cost per credit, please visit the Office of Student Accounts website at http://www.ramapo.edu/student-accounts/costinfo/.

Q: How do I get my certificate after completing all courses?
Upon completion of the program, the program coordinator forwards your name to the Center for Innovative and Professional Learning (CIPL), the unit that administrates certificate programs at Ramapo College. A certificate of completion is mailed to your home address on file. If you want to pick up your certificate and do not want it mailed, please contact the CIPL office at 201-684-7370 or cipl@ramapo.edu.

Q: Will I receive a transcript after completing this course?
Yes, all required courses taken as part of the Business Essentials Certificate program are recorded on your Ramapo College official transcript. Transcripts may be requested online on the Registrar’s website at http://www.ramapo.edu/registrar/.

Contacts

For Coursework Content Information, contact:

Karen Norton
Anisfield School of Business
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Phone: (201) 684-6653
Fax: (201) 684-7277
E-mail: knorton@ramapo.edu

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
E-mail: cipl@ramapo.edu