Graduate Certificate in Functions of Business


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EKU Online > Online Business Degrees & Certificates > Master of Business Administration > Graduate Certificate in Functions of Business

Position Yourself to put Business Plans into Practice

EKU’s 100% online functions of business certificate prepares you to successfully implement business planning through focused curriculum in the foundational areas of business administration and management. Our AACSB-accredited program provides the critical business skills and understanding needed to stand out in today’s competitive job market. Graduates are prepared to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities, take on key roles and increase salary potential. 

Benefits of EKU Online

EKU is dedicated to preparing the highest quality business leaders for Kentucky and beyond. Our fully accredited online programs are made up of the same high-quality courses and taught by the same experienced professors as the on-campus programs.

  • Accredited by AACSB International
  • Free application
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • 6 start dates per year
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • No prerequisites
  • Twelve concentration areas of study
  • Stackable graduate certificates – earn three or more certificates as you complete your degree
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Reduced tuition for active-duty military members and their spouses
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Dedicated advisors who provide personalized graduation plans
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees
Career Opportunities

From major corporations to independent businesses, an advanced degree in business administration can open the door to promotions, salary increases and supervisory opportunities.

This versatile degree builds critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills, and prepares students for key positions in a number of areas.

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EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as accounting, marketing, economic principles, financial markets, and consumer and organizational behavior.

Degree Requirements

A total of 12 credits are required to graduate.

View the functions of business certificate requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 6 of the university graduate catalog.

MBA 875 Leading Organizations, People, and the Future of Work (3)
Fundamentals of organizational behavior and human resources: resource allocation, human enterprise, employee experience, and the future of work. Topics include strategic decisionmaking, competition, workforce development, talent utilization, workplace rewards, recognition. demographics, and the gig economy.

MBA 881 Survey of Accounting for Managers (2)
This course focuses on fundamentals of financial and managerial accounting a manager needs to understand accounting information and use it effectively to make business decisions.

MBA 882 Marketing Management (3)
This course is oriented toward: assessing the dynamic business environment, identifying consumers’ needs, selecting the appropriate market segment, and developing marketing strategy to satisfy consumers’ need and maintain firm sustainable competitive advantages.

MBA 883 Financial Management and Decision Making (2)
This course provides managers at any level with analytical tools for financial management decisions, including financial statement interpretation, financial performance evaluation, financial forecasting, growth management, corporate financing, financial markets, business valuation, and capital budgeting.


Amanda McIntosh

Amanda McIntosh

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Amanda McIntosh for information about the EKU Online MBA Degree program.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A August 5 August
Fall B October 5 October
Spring A January 5 January
Spring B March 5 March
Summer May 5 May

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

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Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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