Business Administration
Graduate Certificate Online Program

The graduate online certificate program in Business Administration provides students with the opportunity to gain basic business knowledge without having to participate in a full MBA program. Students will attain an understanding of the functional areas of business administration and how each contributes to an effective business organization. Students will learn the fundamentals of human resource management, financial management, and core concepts for conducting ethical business practices in today’s ever-changing business climate.

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The California Coast University online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

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Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:


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The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4  Core Courses .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

ID Course Name Units
BAM 510 Human Resource Management  3

Human Resource Management examines the concepts, models, procedures, tools, and techniques of human resource management. Aspects of the individual and how the work environment influences people at work is explored, and the emphasis on recent and relevant findings from the behavioral sciences and other disciplines is discussed to help students apply appropriate human resource management approaches in their organizational settings.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define and discuss human resource management and its importance in modern organizations, legal issues, strategic planning, and trends related to the field.
  • Examine issues and best practices impacting employee staffing and recruiting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of employee development and management.
  • Evaluate the key components of compensation including incentive pay and employee benefits.
  • Discuss factors related to protecting and expanding organizational reach such as workplace safety, ethics, diversity, social responsibility, and global issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to human resource management.
BAM 513 Financial Management  3

Financial Management is designed to help aspiring nonfinancial managers and executives communicate better with financial managers, accountants, and controllers within their organizations. Through the use of real-world examples and case studies, financial concepts are applied and reviewed as they relate to various areas of finance and management.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define financial management including commonly used terms, concepts, key principles, and best practices.
  • Examine the processes related to valuing stock and bonds, and understanding risk and return.
  • Analyze the processes for capital budgeting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of financial planning and evaluating performance.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to financial management.
BAM 530 Business Ethics  3

Business Ethics provides a managerial framework for integrating ethics into strategic business decisions. The framework provides an overview of the concepts, processes, and best practices associated with successful business ethics programs. The course also prepares students for the ethical dilemmas they may face in their business careers.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define business ethics and examine issues related to stakeholder relationships, corporate governance, and social responsibility.
  • Examine emerging business ethics issues and the institutionalization of business ethics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the decision making process related to business ethics.
  • Analyze the implementation of business ethics in a global economy.
  • Examine best practices for ethical leadership and providing strategic direction for implementation of sustainability in organizations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to business ethics.
BAM 550 Leadership  3

Leadership provides students with a current and in-depth view of the history of leadership encompassing traditional theories and current research perspectives. This course examines the personal side of leadership and leadership within organizations. Students will analyze best practices for leading teams, addressing diversity and inclusion, and creating a leadership vision for the rapidly evolving world.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Define leadership examine its importance and discuss how it is different from management.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research perspectives on leadership including key theories and models of leadership.
  • Analyze the personal side of leadership including the role of emotional intelligence, morals, ethics, and personality in leadership.
  • Evaluate the leader as a relationship builder and examine best practices for motivation, engagement, communication, teambuilding, and diversity and inclusion.
  • Explore the leader as a social architect in terms of implementing change, shaping culture and values, and setting the stage for followership.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with academic writing related to leadership.

Prerequisites to Admission:

An applicant must have earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Leadership, or Management, or a Bachelor Degree in another field may be considered if the Admission Committee evaluation indicates that the applicant has the necessary foundation to succeed in the program.

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