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

  • ACCT 400: Financial Accounting for Decision Making
  • ECON 420: Managerial Economics
  • FINC 450: Financial Management
  • HRER 417: Managing and Motivating in the Workplace
  • MARK 460: Marketing Management

Prerequisite Courses (which can possibly be satisfied by equivalent courses in primary program of study)

  • ISSCM 400: Quantitative Methods (calculus primer)
  • ISSCM 491: Managerial Statistics

Program Structure

Quinlan graduate programs follow a quarter system, so each session runs for ten weeks, with classes held once per week. Coures 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).

Admission 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 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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