Business Essential Learning Series


Business Essential Learning Series, formally the Certificate in Business Administration, 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. It 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. It 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.

Session Topics (topics may vary)

  • 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


Registration Fee: $1,100
UK Employee Fee: $1,000

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Attendance: Your attendance to the entire Business Essential Learning Series 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. 

Business Essential Learning Series cannot be used to meet the pre-requisite requirements for the Gatton MBA programs.