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Business Administration Undergraduate Certificate

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Career Outlook and Growth

Looking for a career that provides job stability combined with growth opportunity? A career in business administration provides both. With an Undergraduate Certificate from Bryan University in Business Administration, you’ll gain a specialized skill set that will help set you apart in the marketplace.

Expanding Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for Business Office Administrators are expected to add over 360,000 industry job openings in the United States through the year 2028.1

Bryan University can fast-track you to success, giving you the education, skills, and confidence to qualify for a great job in less than a year!

Attractive Careers

As a graduate of the Bryan University Business Administration Certificate program, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to be job-ready for career opportunities such as:

  • Business Office Administrator
  • Administrative Assistant/Specialist
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Sales/Marketing Representative
  • Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk

Diverse Employers

You’ll lead a rewarding career in employment settings such as:

  • Business consulting groups
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Finance and insurance firms
  • Manufacturing and production facilities
  • Small to large businesses
  • Non-profit enterprises
  • Service industries
  • Retailers

Program Overview

Gain a Competitive Edge with Valuable Skills that Employers Need

In today’s business environment, college graduates must be equipped with the right technology expertise, problem-solving skills, and business acumen. As a Bryan University business administration student, you’ll become job-ready by learning from faculty who have real-world experience and by building a solid foundation of skills in business, such as:

  • Business fundamentals & technologies
  • Accounting & payroll
  • Reporting & analyzing financial statements
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Business communications
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Excel Associate certification exam preparation

Unrivaled Benefits for You

  • Learning technology that helps you learn faster and retain more knowledge
  • Real-world experiences using simulated work environments
  • A mastery-based learning environment that allows you to improve grades by retaking assignments based on instructor feedback
  • Peer mentors, tutors and success coaches who provide encouragement, guidance and insight
  • Live, interactive online events such as industry speakers, faculty mentoring sessions, and helpful workshops that are all recorded in case you miss the event and need to watch it later

Support You Need, When You Need It

At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smartphone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community that will provide support and celebrate your success along the way. You’ll not only develop friends and colleagues, but you’ll also build a professional network—for life.

Earn While You Learn: Dual Enrollment Available

You can enroll in the Business Administration Certificate and a Bryan U Associate Degree concurrently. This means once you complete your certificate, you can get to work sooner while completing your associate degree. Bryan University has three Associate Degree programs to choose from: Business Administration, Accounting, or Digital Marketing. Once you complete your associate degree, you may also consider pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.

Career Services for Students and Graduates

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our consumer information page.

Footnotes

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019-20 Edition. Also see http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-9061.00. Site visited on 12/17/2019. Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

2 Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Program Details​

Objectives & Courses
Locations & Credits
Program Faculty
General Education Faculty
Admission Requirements
Affording College

Objectives

The Business Administration Certificate introduces students to the various functional areas of general business and Microsoft Office products. Hands-on, practical experience is the focus of the program enabling students to gain real-world application using Microsoft Excel within a Virtual Laboratory allowing students to solve problems that simulate those issues encountered in the modern business marketplace. The program is designed to meet the increasing industry demand for professionals in general business-related positions. This certificate provides students with the tools necessary to gain employment in bookkeeping and related accounting occupations. In this program, students acquire the needed skills in preparation for passing certified exams such as the Microsoft Excel Specialist Certification. Bryan University delivers this program through dynamic, adaptive, experiential learning that includes personalized instruction and coaching. Following the completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate in the business environment the various elements of a business operation.
  • Apply marketing and social media strategies to create content for the digital environment which is culturally unbiased.
  • Compile and prepare accurate financial information for analysis and informed business decision-making.
  • Perform accounting and reporting functions using Excel.
  • Critically analyze and apply problem-solving and logical thinking skills to a variety of bookkeeping tasks.
  • Demonstrate competency in communication skills required for the business professional.

Courses

UNV-101S—Student Success and Technology Foundations—3.0 credits
A course covering the information and skills needed to succeed in academic studies, including study skills, setting academic goals, managing time, and technology skills such as word processing and presentations.

BUS-105—Introduction to Business—3.0 credits
Complex marketplaces require businesses to use data and analytics to address regulatory, market, consumer and operational challenges. This course provides students with the foundations of business organization and operations to provide a foundation for students to use when analyzing data to uncover actionable information for the enterprise.

BUS-110—Workplace Technologies—3.0 credits
The core concepts of systems architecture and IT infrastructure underlie all technology driven organizations. Participants will gain an understanding of the components of the IT architecture, how computer infrastructures support and enable enterprise goals, and how IT systems are managed.

BUS-115—Business Math—3.0 credits
This course focuses on a basic math review with an emphasis on business statistics, profit calculations, payroll, banking, interest calculations, insurance, taxes, and mathematical calculations.

BUS-120—Accounting Principles I—3.0 credits
This course provides students with a functional knowledge of basic accounting principles to facilitate their interpretation of financial statements. The bookkeeping cycle, from recording transactions to preparing financial statements, is included. Students will also be introduced to the methods for summarizing, analyzing and reporting financial data.

BUS-125—Accounting Principles II—3.0 credits
Concepts presented in this course are a continuation of the study of basic accounting principles covering topics related to payroll, bookkeeping, inventory, the statement of cash flows, and financial statement analysis. At the end of this course, students will be skilled in tasks related to positions such as an AP Clerk, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper.

BUS-130—Microsoft Excel I—3.0 credits
Electronic spreadsheets are a powerful tool used in business processes to store, analyze and present information. The focus of the course is to provide the student with functional skills needed to create, edit, and format Microsoft Excel worksheets for a variety of reporting needs.

BUS-135—Microsoft Excel II—3.0 credits
The focus of this course includes creating informative spreadsheets and performing advanced functions including functions, formulas, and charts. This course is a continuation of BUS-130.

BUS-140—Introduction to Digital Marketing and Social Media—3.0 credits
This course provides students with a working knowledge in the growing field of digital marketing. Students will learn about the evolution and purpose of digital marketing, the strategic uses of social media, and how these principles can transform the customer's journey. Students will also gain important industry skills designed to enhance the company's product using effective digital media.

BUS-145—Business Communications—3.0 credits
This course provides students with foundational knowledge regarding effective communication styles and strategies for the business professional. Students will learn practical skills in intra- and interpersonal communication within business-related environments, in how personal attitudes affect organizational effectiveness and productivity, and in the interactions between people both personally and professionally.

Note that courses are subject to change based upon employer needs and marketplace requirements. The most up-to-date course descriptions and textbook information can be found in the Bryan University Course Catalog.

Locations:
Program offered 100% online.

Program credits:
To complete the program, students must earn a minimum of 30 semester credits. Generally, students take two courses at a time over an eight week time period. Two eight week time periods constitute a semester.

Transfer credits:
If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

Dr. Jennifer Newmann
Dr. Jennifer Newmann

Program Lead Faculty and Program Director

  • Owner and operator of four small businesses
  • Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from University of California San Diego
  • MBA from National University
  • BS from Arizona State University
  • Former Executive and Provost
  • Focus: Organizational Culture, Leadership and Management, Positive Organizational Scholar, and Organizational Effectiveness
Dr. Carlos Aquino
Dr. Carlos Aquino

Faculty, Bryan University

  • Post-Doc in Entrepreneurship
  • PhD, MSc in Engineering
  • 15+ years in Higher Education Leadership as Provost, Dean, and Director of Research
  • 10+ years in Accreditation: mentor and evaluator
  • Four books published (Pearson and Springer)
  • Focus: Diversity & Inclusion, Soft Skills in Business, Accounting, Math and Statistics
Brad Barber
Brad Barber

Faculty, Bryan University

  • Serial Entrepreneur
  • BA in Economics
  • MA in Education
  • Former Executive Vice President at Genpact
  • Private School Founder
  • Surfboard Shaper
  • Podcast Host
  • Husband (to 1), father (of 4), friend (to many)
  • Focus: Business Management, Human Resources, and Sales and Marketing
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Valerie Akbulut

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Interpersonal Communication, University of Central Florida; MA in Multicultural Communication, DePaul University; BA in Journalism, Integrated Communications: Public Relations and Advertising, Butler University

Emily Chaffin

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in English, Arkansas State University; BA in English, Faulkner University

DeWayne Demland

Instructor, Bryan University

MBA, University of Phoenix; B.S. Business Administration, Arizona Christian College

Christina Hammerton

Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Creative Writing, Arizona State University; BA, Psychology, Kent State University

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To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:
  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • Students applying to healthcare programs must also identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.
To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.

Tuition Lock Guarantee
Bryan offers affordable tuition rates for all students, no matter where they reside. We don't differentiate between residents or non-residents. We also lock-in your tuition rate when you enroll, so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program.

Tuition Goes Down the Longer You're in School
We understand the importance of helping you stay in school and graduate successfully. To help motivate you, we provide tuition discounts the longer you're in school.

Financing Options Available
As an accredited institution, students of Bryan University who are residents of the United States may qualify for federal financial aid. Our team of dedicated financial advisors can also help you understand what other options are available to you. To learn more, please visit our financial aid page.

For students who are veterans or active duty members of the U.S. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. Please see our military benefits page for more details.

You may also complete the Request Information form or call us at 888-768-6861 to receive immediate assistance.

The Bryan U Difference​

Tuition Lock Guarantee​

We lock your tuition rate once you enroll, plus tuition goes down the longer you're in school.​

Job Search Assistance

We provide students job search assistance while in school and once they graduate.

Accelerated Programs

You can get started - and finish - fast.

Welcome Kits Included

Once you enroll, we provide you a welcome kit package to ensure you're ready to start school.

Faculty Who Put You First

Our faculty provide you with personalized, individual attention and support.

Electronic Books & Courseware Included

We provide easy access to all your electronic textbooks and courseware.

Focus on Employment

You’ll graduate with a degree targeted for a specific job market and earn skills that match employers’ needs.

Learn by Doing

You’ll develop real-world skills by completing simulated job tasks and using industry technologies.

Return for Refresher Classes

As a graduate, you’ll have the privilege of auditing previously completed courses still being taught—at no charge—to keep your skills sharp.
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