The W. A. Franke College of Business2012-2013

Business Administration

International Business Studies, Undergraduate Certificate

This undergraduate certificate serves business majors seeking to enhance their global perspectives and competencies in business. Entry to this certificate requires a third-term language proficiency. The program is rounded out by studies in international aspects of economics, finance, management, marketing, international affairs.


What Can I Do with a Certificate in International Business Studies?

The business world is a global business world and business students need to understand how that global economy works. This certificate, which is only available to Franke College of Business majors, will broaden your exposure to international issues to include international economics, finance, management and marketing.

University Requirements

  • An undergraduate certificate may be earned as part of a bachelor's degree or as a stand-alone certificate.

    To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 15
Major GPA 2.0
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 119
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Foreign Language Required


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • We offer a more than a dozen non-degree certificates, some of which are open to all Northern Arizona University students.

    We guarantee your acceptance into any of our certificate plans that are open to all Northern Arizona University students if you have:

    • Major status in The W. A.  Franke College of Business
    • Or a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with at least 30 units earned
    If you have a GPA of less than 2.75 but at least 2.5, we will admit you into a certificate plan on a space-available basis, based on the rank order of your GPA.

    For a list of certificates open to non-business majors, contact the Office of Academic Services in The W. A. Franke College of Business. If you are not a business major, but wish to complete a certificate through The W. A. Franke College of Business, you must apply to the Office of Academic Services. Please note that non-business majors are not allowed to take more than 27 units of business classes with the FCB.

    Also note that most upper-division business courses require admission to the Business Professional Program or a waiver of prerequisite. Please visit the FCB Office of Academic Services for more information. The FCB does not accept upper-division transfer credits from programs not accredited by the AACSB (such as the University of Phoenix or the Bachelor of Business Administration program at NAU).

    Finally, you should know that you must have at least 6 units of certificate coursework that are not used in your major, minor, or other certificates, and you must complete at least 6 units of certificate coursework at Northern Arizona University.

Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 15 units with a minimum GPA of 2.0:
    • Demonstrate a third-term proficiency in a language other than English, either by passing a language proficiency exam at the third-term level or by completing a third-term language course (201) with a grade of "C" or better.
    • Select from: ECO 486, FIN 480, MGT 380, MGT 405, MKT 480 (9 units)
    • Select nonbusiness courses that enhance your understanding, knowledge, awareness, and perspectives of international affairs. (Please note that up to 6 units of this requirement may be waived with proof of an academic international experience such as study abroad or an international internship.) (6 units)
    This certificate is available to Business Majors only.
  • You must have completed all of the coursework used to fulfill these requirements within the last 10 years.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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