USM unveils new graduate business education program

By Wally Northway

Mississippi Business Journal

The College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi has launched a new graduate program for those looking for more business education regardless of their course of study. In fact, the program was born out needs of those in the health care arena.

southern-miss-logoThe certificate program is available to students from all academic disciplines seeking business education on the graduate level. Four online courses are required to complete the certificate requirements: BA 600 Management Foundations; BA 611 Accounting Foundations; BA 650 Marketing Foundations; and BA 670 Finance Foundations.

Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the Southern Miss College of Business, noted that colleagues in the health sciences — nursing in particular — sparked the idea for a graduate certificate program.

“They asked us to consider a certificate in business foundations to provide options for medical professionals to acquire the business basics needed to manage the organization,” said Gilbert. “As we looked further, we found professionals in many fields who do not necessarily need the entire MBA (Master’s of Business Administration) curriculum but who would benefit from fundamentals in accounting, finance, management and marketing.”

The certificate program is designed specifically for students who have earned an undergraduate degree and want business education on the graduate level; have earned a graduate degree but need to understand the basic of business; are enrolled in a graduate program in a non-business field and want to enhance their degree with business courses and are interested in the MBA program and need to meet prerequisite requirements.

“The certificate program can serve as a stand-alone graduate product, for individuals with degrees in non-business field who need graduate education in business. It can also be a stepping stone to enrollment in the MBA program at Southern Miss,” said Associate Dean and MBA Program Director Dr. Beth LaFleur.

Those wishing to apply for the graduate certificate program must submit proof of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an earned grade point average of 2.75 or higher.