2019 Certificate in Business Administration: Business Foundations

Dates:  September 12 - November 14, 2019

Location: Gatton College of Business & Economics Building, University of Kentucky campus

Registration Fee: $1,100

UK Employee Fee: $1,000

Group Fee for 3 or more people: $950 per person
Groups cannot register online. Please contact Connie Blakemore at (1-800) 284-6407 or csblak00@uky.edu.


Attendance: Your attendance to the entire CBA Business Foundations is highly recommended. To receive your certificate of completion you need to attend 9 out of the 10 classes. If you attend 8 or fewer classes, you will receive a letter of attendance for the hours you completed. Contact Connie Blakemore with additional questions.

The Certificate in Business Administration cannot be used to meet the pre-requisite requirements for the Gatton MBA programs or the Joint Executive MBA Program with the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville.


The Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) Business Foundations is designed for individuals with limited business backgrounds who want the general knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of today's business world. The CBA will sharpen your skill set and allow you to become a world-ready person.

Utilizing distinguished faculty and guest speakers from the Gatton College of Business & Economics coupled with hands on experience, you'll receive first rate training over ten sessions with each session lasting three hours.

If you're looking for a way to acquire the basics of a business degree without the time commitment a degree requires, our certification is your answer. The CBA will give you the strategic framework necessary for making informed business decisions.

Upon completion of the certification, you will receive a University of Kentucky, Gatton College of Business and Economics, Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center certificate of completion.

Business Foundations Session Topics

  • Organizational Design & Environment:  Understanding complex organizations; designing high performance organizations
  • Individual Behavior in Organizations: Motivation, decision making, and leadership in organizations
  • Essentials of Human Resource Management: Recruitment and selection; in particular, internet and social media based approaches; employee compensation, including incentives and employee benefits; performance management techniques, termination approaches
  • Essentials of Marketing: Segmenting, targeting, and positioning; consumer decision making; pricing
  • Economics in the Workplace: Applies economic analysis to managerial decision making for many business problems; discuss concepts and ideas from basic economics that have particular relevance and application
  • Accounting Measurement and Reporting: Basic accounting concepts; financial statements
  • Lean Supply Chain Management: Introduction to supply chain management; overview of lean principles and how select principles may leverage to improve supply chain performance
  • Business Law: Business agreements (contract & commercial law), debtor/creditor relationships; business organizations and employment law
  • Financial Decision Making: Fundamental of valuation; basics of investments
  • Strategic Management: How to attain competitive advantage through situation analysis, strategic positioning, building and leveraging capabilities and strategic innovation

2019 Fall Agenda (subject to change)

Scheduled once a week on Thursday evenings.

Thu., September 12 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Organizational Design and Environment
Thu., September 19

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Individual Behavior in Organizatioins
Thu., September 26 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Essentials of HR Management
Thu., October 3 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Essentials of Marketing
Thu., October 10 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Strategic Management
Thu., October 17 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Accounting Measurement and Reporting
Thu., October 24 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Lean Supply Chain Management
Thu., October 31 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Business Law
Thu., November 7 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Financial Decision Making
Thu., November 14 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Economics in the Workplace
Certificate Presentation

Beverages and a light snack will be provided at each class.