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Online Certificate in Business Administration Program:
Serves Non-LSBE and Pre-MBA Students

UMD Student James Hosey  
James Hosey, a chemical engineering major, is also pursuing a Certificate in Business Administration  
Senior James Hosey, a chemical engineering major, wanted to expand his knowledge of business. In addition to his major, he’s pursuing a Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) through the Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

The fully online program, launched in fall 2013, was created to meet the needs of non-LSBE students and community members who are interested in learning more about business but do not want to major or minor in it. “I definitely have a better understanding of accounting and human resources as a result of the program,” Hosey said. “I could learn these things on the job, but this way, I’ll come into a job already familiar with a lot of these areas.”

The CBA is comprised of eight two-credit modules through which students gain a strong understanding of business fundamentals, become familiar with business management vocabulary, and gain an understanding of the challenges faced by managers and strategies used to meet those challenges.

Hosey likes that the program has challenged him. “In engineering classes, there is usually only one right answer. In the CBA classes, we reflect on concepts, organizational situations. It gets your brain thinking a little differently. It’s also helped me improve my writing skills,” he said.

He also likes that he is earning a certificate. “I could have taken a few business classes but in the end, I wouldn’t have something to show for it,” he said. Upon completion of all eight modules, students receive a Certificate in Business Administration.

The CBA program also meets the foundational course requirements for LSBE’s MBA program. That was what attracted alumna Amber Seys. She graduated in 2006 with a degree in Biochem/Molecular Biology and is now a business professional who manages a clinical laboratory. She has been taking CBA courses for two semesters and hopes to receive her CBA in spring 2015.

“I have a long-term goal of obtaining an MBA, and this program is a practical and flexible way for me to work towards that,” Seys said.

For more information, visit the LSBE website.

Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann August 2014

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