Monterey Institute of International Studies

Business Foundations Certificate

MBA Professor Lyuba Zarsky meets with a student. 

The Business Foundations Certificate is offered by the Fisher International MBA Program to students interested in general business knowledge. The certificate is designed to better prepare graduates for management positions within areas of language education, international policy and translation or interpretation careers. The Business Foundations Certificate (BFC) will build skill sets in various areas of business disciplines.

Elective credit requirements from the students’ degree program may be satisfied by coursework pursued for the Business Foundations Certificate. Some students may need to take additional credits to complete the Certificate. It is important to meet early in your academic career with your Career/Academic Advisor to discuss your career plans and how the BFC will help you meet these goals. Students may apply for the BFC by submitting copies of undergraduate transcripts to GSIPM Assistant Dean Toni Thomas for review. Assistant Dean Thomas will email the student the required courses and credits necessary for them to complete the BFC.

Skill Set

The core requirements for the Certificate introduce the student to primary functional areas of a firm. These functional courses represent the majority of courses typically required in the MBA core requirements, but have been redesigned to reflect the background and interests of non-MBA students. To be successful, students should be proficient in the following key business functional areas: accounting, marketing, finance, organizational behavior, economics, quantitative analysis and business strategy. By understanding these functional areas and how they interrelate, students will be better able to perform in their chosen career areas. These courses will also provide the foundation to take more advanced business courses.

Core courses may be waived via prior experience, coursework or exam.  Please see the GSIPM Assistant Dean for waivers. Substitutes for courses to those listed on this document must also be approved by the GSIPM Assistant Dean. Students may begin course work in their first semester of enrollment at the Monterey Institute. Not all courses are offered each semester. Careful planning is required to incorporate needed classes into other degree program schedules.

Students must complete coursework with a “B” average or higher to receive certificate.