Foundations of Management Certificate

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This three-course graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field other than business and want to gain fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities in business management to improve their opportunities to advance, start a career and/or position themselves to later pursue an M.S. in Management at LMU.


Students who successfully complete all three courses with a grade of B or better will receive a graduate certificate and may choose to continue on into the M.S. in Management program. All three courses will be applied towards the M.S. in Management program.

Financial and Managerial Accounting (BADM 602, 3 units)

The nature, techniques and uses of accounting from a manager’s perspective are covered. Topics include accounting methodology, corporate financial statements and disclosures, alternative accounting measurement techniques, interpreting quality of earnings, strategic planning and operational decision making.

Management and Organizational Behavior (BADM 605, 3 units)

The study of management relates to individual, small group and total organizational systems. This course presents insights from a variety of academic disciplines including management, psychology, sociology and economics, to understand the processes through which people work together in organizations. Topics covered include management principles, leadership, motivation, decision-making, problem solving, communication, organizational culture, teams and performance management. The course also includes a focus on ethical issues and the social responsibilities of managers in a global environment. Class discussions, cases, activities and reflective exercises allow participants to explore and apply insights to their own professional life.

Marketing Management (BADM 606, 3 units)

This course covers the essential principles of marketing management as a vital component of a business operation, emphasizing marketing’s strategic basis and the real-world utilization of both traditional and innovative techniques to influence both the trade and the consumer in making a purchase decision. Conceptualizing marketing as communication, we will take a customer-centric approach to: understanding what distinguishes our target audience, conducting strategic planning, developing the brand via the marketing mix and employing marketing research techniques for both development and evaluation. We will explore how marketing guides business strategy, discovers and creates demand for products and influences product development.

Program Delivery and Schedule

Foundations of Management is an in-person, fall semester program — from the end of August to the middle of December. Classes are offered weekdays and weeknights, and each class consists of 20–30 students.

Admission Information

The fall 2024 semester begins in August; we will begin reviewing applications in January 2024.

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a foreign institution.
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Application

    Complete and submit an online application and pay a $50 non-refundable application fee.

    • Resume: You will be required to upload a professional resume.
    • Personal Statement: You will be required to upload a personal statement no more than 2 pages (12-point font, double-spaced) addressing why you are pursuing the Foundations in Management certificate, the reasons you are applying to LMU and the unique strengths and background you will bring to our program.

    College/University Transcripts

    Provide transcripts for all colleges or universities you have attended. You may upload unofficial transcripts directly into your online application. You should request an official electronic transcript from any institution where you earned a degree. If you are a current student or alumni of LMU, there is no need to request an official transcript from the LMU Registrar.

    Request that official transcripts be sent via email to If your university is unable to send an official transcript electronically, please have a physical transcript sent to:

    Graduate Admission
    Loyola Marymount University
    1 LMU Drive
    Charles Von der Ahe Building, Suite 235
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Applicants who have completed their postsecondary education from an institution outside the U.S. must have their transcript from their degree granting institution translated and evaluated by a U.S. transcript evaluation service. Please see our requirements for International Applicants for more information.

    International Applicants

    LMU is unable to issue student visas for this certificate program. International citizens already in the United States on a work or dependent visa may be eligible to enroll.

    International students have additional application requirements.

  • Tuition for the 2023–2024 academic year is $1,610 per unit. At 9 units, total tuition cost for the program is $14,490. University fees, textbooks, etc. are additional. Financial Aid and scholarships are not available for this program.

    Each year, Financial Aid prepares a student expense budget defining estimated standard allowances for education costs for graduate and professional students. This Cost of Attendance budget is used to determine a student's financial aid eligibility for scholarships, grants, loans and work awards. To view this information, please visit Financial Aid.