Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Business Administration

Expand your skill set by learning business fundamentals such as accounting, economics, and marketing. And increase your own marketability with our new Business Administration certificate program.

This certificate is an MBA primer exclusively designed for non-business graduate students of Loyola University Chicago. Offered at a discounted tuition rate, this MBA primer will augment the primary Loyola graduate degree program that you are pursuing.

Upon completion of this MBA primer, students will have a comprehensive understanding of business fundamentals, yielding a solid business acumen that will enhance management skills and aid in strategic decision-making.

About the Business Administration Certificate Program

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. The 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.

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


The certificate requires completion of five required courses.

Required Courses

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.

This course uses tools of economic analysis to understand demand, supply, profits, production, competition, pricing policies, business criteria for investment, output, and marketing decisions.

Outcome: Students are able to do critical managerial decisions with respect to output and pricing policies in different business and industrial environments.

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.

Outcome: Students will demonstrate knowledge of financial analysis, time value of money, risk-reward, asset valuation, capital budgeting, capital structure, and working capital management.

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.

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.

Outcome: Students use and apply marketing principles, strategic research, consumer analysis and target marketing to either a project or to case studies.

Prerequisite Course

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.

Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of statistical thinking and data analysis technique for decision-making purposes.

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 

Students will be required to formally apply for admission to the Quinlan Graduate Program.

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.

Application Requirements

Application Deadlines

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

QuarterApplication DeadlineQuarter Starts
Fall July 15 Late August
Winter Oct. 1 Early November
Spring Jan. 15 Late February
Summer April 1 Late May

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