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 email@example.com.
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 https://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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 https://www.ramapo.edu/registrar/.