Increase your own marketability with our Business Administration certificate program. We'll help you expand your skill set by learning business fundamentals such as accounting, economics, and marketing.

The certificate in business administration is a graduate-level, five-course certificate program that prepares non-business graduate students to make sound business decisions across organizations and industries.

Who this certificate is for


This MBA primer will give you an advantage in the highly competitive job market and is an excellent specialization for students with aspirations of pursuing entrepreneurial ventures and/or executive leadership.

This certificate is exclusively designed for graduate students of Loyola University Chicago who are not currently enrolled in a Quinlan School of Business master's program. Offered at a discounted tuition rate, this MBA primer will augment the Loyola graduate degree program you are pursuing.

Completing the certificate will also put you in good company: Quinlan has a strong network of 30,000 alumni who work in nearly every major corporation in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Program Highlights


Completing the certificate will also put you in good company: Quinlan has a strong network of 30,000 alumni who work in nearly every major corporation in the Chicago metropolitan area.


What you'll learn

  • Comprehensive understanding of business fundamentals
  • Enhanced management skills
  • Strategic decision-making


The certificate requires completion of five required courses.

Program Structure


Quinlan graduate programs follow a quarter system, so each session runs for ten weeks, with classes held once per week. Courses are offered weekday evenings or Saturdays at our Water Tower Campus in Chicago, with some courses also available online.

All courses successfully completed in the certificate program can later be applied toward a Quinlan MBA Degree (within seven years of completion).


Program Requirements


Applicants must be current Loyola Chicago graduate students in good academic standing, as verified by the current program director. Students should have completed at least one term of study in their primary program in order to enable assessment of academic standing.

Applicants must formally apply for admission to the Quinlan Graduate Program.



Required Courses

ACCT 400: Financial Accounting for Decision Making
This course is an introduction to the accounting function that is used to measure and communicate business transactions. The focus is on understanding financial information to facilitate better decisions.
Outcome: Students will be able to identify the impact of business transactions on the basic financial statements: the income statement, the statement of financial position, the cash flow statement, and the statement of changes in owners¿ equity. Students will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of the financial statements and their implications on various business decisions.

ECON 420: Managerial Economics
This course uses tools of economic analysis to understand demand, supply, profits, production, competition, pricing policies, business criteria for investment, output, and marketing decisions.
Outcomes: Students are able to do critical managerial decisions with respect to output and pricing policies in different business and industrial environments.

FINC 450: Financial Management
The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of managerial finance: valuation, capital investment, financing, capital structure, and business ethics as they relate to finance.
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate knowledge of financial analysis, time value of money, risk-reward, asset valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management.

HRER 417: Managing and Motivating the Workplace
The course primarily explores the structure and function of human behavior in organizations. Students will be introduced to the principles of theory of perception, motivation, decision-making, job and organizational design as they relate to organizational realities such as power, politics and change.
Outcomes: Students will gain a better understanding of both individual and group behavior in organizational settings and will be able to view organizational change through globalization, diversity, technology and ethics.

MARK 460: Marketing Management
This course develops a broad understanding of the marketing principles that undergird successful marketing strategies and marketing plans with special attention given to international and ethical considerations.
Outcomes: Students use and apply marketing principles, strategic research, consumer analysis and target marketing to either a project or to case studies.

Prerequisite Courses

ISSCM 400: Quantitative Methods (calculus primer)

ISSCM 491: Managerial Statistics
The fundamentals of managerial statistics are presented. Topics may include descriptive statistics, random variables, probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression, and correlation analysis. Statistical software is used to assist in the analysis of these problems.
Outcomes: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of statistical thinking and data analysis technique for decision-making purposes.


All academic programs in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system, and new students begin during all quarters.

Application Process

QuarterApplication DeadlineQuarter Starts


July 15

Late August


Jan. 15

Late February


April 1

Late May

Below you will find both required materials and opportunities to strengthen your application when applying to the Quinlan School of Business. Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found here.


These application materials are mandatory for all applicants

  • Completed Application Form

    Use our free online application system to get started.

    Please note, you will need to complete the “Biographical Information” section of the application first. Once that section is completed, you will be able to choose your program in the “Application Information” section.

  • Official Transcripts

    You must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work completed. Copies of transcripts or transcripts not received in a sealed envelope from the university are considered unofficial. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts. We strongly encourage electronic submission of documents. Your college/university may send electronic transcripts to us at gradapp@luc.edu.

  • Professional Resume

    A professional resume may be uploaded via the online application form or you may email it to us at gradapp@luc.edu.


For applicants wishing to strengthen their application, consider submitting one or more application materials below.

  • Letter of Recommendation

    Referrals may be academic or professional in nature. No more than one letter should be submitted.

  • Statement of Purpose

    The statement should provide context for area(s) of weakness, accomplishments to date, and how Loyola's Quinlan School of Business graduate degree program will prepare you to achieve your career goals. Limit personal essay to 2-3 pages, double-space.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Quinlan School of Business and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their graduate business education at Loyola affordable.