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(19 Credits)
Also available in St. Marys


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This 19 credit certificate provides the opportunity for students to develop a deeper understanding of effective small business practices.  Whether you're a new business manager or a potential entrepreneur, successfully completing this certificate should give you a competitive edge in the small business world.

Required Courses*

ACCTG 211 FINANCIAL AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING (4 credits) Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision making. Prerequisite: MATH 021 or 1.5 units of high school algebra.

BA 250 SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (3 credits) Analysis of problems of the small firm, particularly for the student who wishes to venture into business. Prerequisite: 3 credits in economics

ECON 102 INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND POLICY (3 credits) Methods of economic analysis and their use; economic aggregates; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution. 

FIN 301 CORPORATION FINANCE (3 credits) Nature of finance function; risk and return concepts; working capital; dividend policies; mergers; security markets; acquisition and management of corporate capital; analysis of operations, forecasting capital requirements; raising capital; and planning profits. Not available to students who have completed B A 301. Prerequisite: ACCTG 211; ECON 104; MGMT 301; SCM 200 or STAT 200

MGMT 301W BASIC MANAGEMENT CONCEPTS (3 credits) Examination of fundamental principles and processes applicable to the study of management. Not available to students who have taken B A 304. Prerequisite: ENGL 015; MATH 021; ECON 102 or ECON 104

MIS 204 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS (3 credits) Introduction to the use of information systems in business organizations.

*Students are responsible for completing any required prerequisite courses.


For more information, contact Penn State DuBois or (814) 375-4716 or Penn State in St. Marys (814) 834-3593.