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Introduction to Business Management

Specialized Study Program in the Introduction to Business Management

Specialized Study Program in the Introduction to Business Management

Online Program


3 months



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As a new graduate, it can be difficult to convince a potential employer of your value and potential without the job experience on your resume to support it. Rather than accepting less than what you’re capable of, formalizing your understanding of current business management practices and leadership strategies can demonstrate your career readiness and initiative. Put those skills on paper (and online) to get you started job-hunting immediately.

First, discover the different functional business areas such as management, marketing, and finance. Examine the impact of global, ethical, and social responsibility. Learn how to self-reflect on your abilities and strengths to build an appropriate and accurate digital portfolio. Then, dive into what makes effective leadership: a balance of corporate culture, operations, and strategy. Find out how to approach these and build your cultural intelligence (CQ) to meet the increasing diversity and need for adaptability in any successful organization. Learn ways to build the CQ in colleagues and employees. Find yourself ready, equipped, and confident to approach any potential employer and substantiate what you know you can do.

Designed For

  • New non-business graduates looking to expand their understanding of business management and functional areas
  • New non-business graduates wanting to find a business specialty for themselves

What You'll Learn

  • An overview of the primary business areas, including human resources, information systems, and finance
  • Analysis of case studies to understand global, ethical, and social perspectives
  • Techniques for developing self-reflection in regarding to developing your digital portfolio
  • Examination of management strategies involving corporate culture, operations, and strategy
  • Cultural intelligence (CQ) and how to successfully engage employees

What You Can Do With This Program

Positions are available in a variety of industries and can include self-employment, firms, corporations, or nonprofit organizations. Jobs might include:

  • Operations managers
  • Human resource managers
  • Marketing managers
  • Managers of other departments

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Essentials of Business Management

MGT X496.10

3 units

Strategic Leadership for a Changing World

MGT X496.05

3 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Supporting individuals in keeping pace with the changing requirements of the modern work environment is at our core. Collaboration, partnership, and community drive us to provide accessible, affordable education, and training for working adults. Whether you are an individual looking to advance your career, or an organizational leader interested in investing in your workforce, we are here for you.”

Kasey Wilson, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Programs
UCR Extension
Riverside, CA

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