Advanced Studies in Business

Graduate Certificate | Fully Online 

Whether you are ready to advance your career, start your own business, or become a leader within a corporation, Shippensburg University can prepare you for achieving your personal and professional goals. Shippensburg University's John L. Grove College of Business offers you AACSB-accredited programs to help you to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy. 

The 16-credit post-baccalaureate certificate program is fully online. Courses are offered once each calendar year, so you can easily complete the certificate in one year. The program is limited to 25 students to ensure an all-inclusive learning experience.

Learn the core business concepts in:  

  • Organization behavior and marketing
  • Financial and operations management
  • Employee and customer relations
  • Economic and informational systems


To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Complete the graduate certificate application
  • Submit official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts documenting the earned degree
Expand your opportunities, earn your MBA

The courses within the Advanced Business graduate certificate (BSN 510, 511, 512, and 513) can be used to fulfill MBA program prerequisites. Please note, application for enrolling into the MBA program must be made no later than the completion of 12 credits. For more information, visit Ship MBA Program

Tuition & Payment 

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Course Information & Registration 

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Course Descriptions 

BSN 510 Economic and Information Systems Environment (4 credits)
Introduction to macroeconomic and microeconomic principles with an emphasis to applications to modern business problems. Major topics include supply and demand, consumer behavior, theory of the firm, market structure and competition, monetary and fiscal policy, and international trade. The role of information technology in business environment is also discussed, including such topics as doing business on the Internet, database management, client-server networks, information security, and software tools such as Excel.

BSN 511 Business Operations and Analysis (4 credits)
Explores the responsibilities and processes needed for a business to provide a product or service to customers. Case studies and real-world examples are used extensively to investigate the problems encountered in these business operations. Quantitative and non-quantitative methods and models are used in the analysis of topical subject areas such as forecasting, capacity planning, materials management, scheduling, and quality control.

BSN 512 Essentials of Accounting and Finance (4 credits)
Introduces the basics of financial accounting and financial management. The accounting concepts, practices, and principles that guide the preparation of the balance sheet, income statement, and the statement of cash flows are all presented. Financial management concepts and techniques are used to evaluate the financial performance of the firm. Topics include financial statement analysis, working capital management, and capital budgeting. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and limitations of financial reports and their use in evaluating the performance of the firm.

BSN 513 Organizational Behavior and Marketing (4 credits)
The organizational behavior component examines human behavior in organizations and considers the practical skills managers need to motivate peers and subordinates, make decisions, deal with conflict, and succeed in a team-based environment. The marketing component examines marketing planning, marketing research, buyer behavior, market segmentation and targeting, as well as the key elements of a marketing strategy.

Program Support & Contacts

For assistance with enrolling. course registration, or course schedule, contact:
Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education (PCDE)
(717) 477-1502

For more information about the MBA program and courses:
Dr. Irma Hunt, Ph.D., MBA Director
John L. Grove College of Business

Cancellation Policy- Shippensburg University reserves the right to cancel any courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.