Get ahead quickly. You can improve your business skills right where you are, no degree required.
The Business Essentials certificate helps you gain a broad understanding of:
This certificate can easily build into an associate or bachelor's degree with Drury GO.
To earn the Business Essentials certificate, you’ll complete 30 credit hours of coursework:
This course focuses on the use of advanced software applications using the latest Microsoft Office software. Students will produce comprehensive, real-world solutions to solve business related problems. Students will utilize Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications and Internet resources. Meets BBA degree technology requirement.
Introduces the student to the role of accounting in a global society. Principles and concepts of financial accounting. Analysis of accounting statements. Accounting cycles and procedures: receivables, inventories and fixed assets.
Prerequisite: DAY-ACCT 209, MGMT 170. CCPS- ACCT 209, GSTU 210.
This course provides an introduction to concepts essential to managerial decision- making as well as the tools and techniques of financial statement analysis with an emphasis on the use of financial statements for external and internal decision-making. Among the topics covered are profitability and ratio analysis, cash flows analysis, present value, inventory costing, cost-volume- profit analysis, variance calculation, and budgeting.
An introduction to the theory of markets. The course will examine the determination of product and resource prices; the theory of the firm, the role of competition, the impact of monopoly, externalities and government regulation; international economic relations.
An introduction to the theories that explain the performance of the overall economy. The course will explore the determination of the level of employment, output and the price level; the monetary and banking systems; problems and policies of economic instability, inflation and growth and principles of economic development; other economic systems.
It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra in order to be successful in this course. A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics such as descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation and test of hypotheses, and analysis of variance.
Prerequisites: GSTU 210, MATH 227. Study of common techniques for quantitative analysis, and decision making including probability distributions, forecasting models, multivariate correlation and regression, linear programming, queuing analysis and simulation. Team and individual research and problem solving, report writing, and oral presentations. Critical evaluation of assumptions in decision making including qualitative considerations.
Prerequisites: ACCT 210, MGMT 228 and admission to Breech School of Business.
This course is an investigation of the study of corporate finance and its implications. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, cash flow, taxes, the financial environment, interest rates, risk and return, time value of money, and the valuation of stocks, bonds and firms. The course emphasizes that financial managers must deal with various models, assumptions and cultures and are often called upon to make decisions based on qualitative as well as quantitative factors.
Prerequisite: ACCT 210 and admission to Breech School of Business.
Introduction to management of organizations, including strategy, leadership and organizational design. Projects in leadership development and evaluation. The project will include a paper and presentation as part of the deliverables.
Prerequisite: Admission to Breech School of Business. Introduction to effective marketing concepts, strategies, and practices. An analytical approach to recognition of alternative strategic paradigms and their effect on a firm’s marketing. Ethical and social responsibilities of effective domestic and global marketing. Individual and team projects with operating sponsors.
Due to curricular overlap, students pursuing the Business Essentials Certificate may not earn the Business and Entrepreneurship Minor nor the Associate of Science in Business Administration. Students earning the certificate may not enroll in PMBA 501.
Career paths often require additional training, industry-specific testing, or a college degree. You can earn your associate or bachelor’s degree from Drury GO to increase your professional opportunities. The Business Essentials certificate gives you a solid foundation to pursue jobs in fields like: