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Business Essentials

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  • Gannon University's Dahlkemper School of Business welcomes prospective candidates to learn more about Gannon's Online MBA  and applicable accelerated programs.  Connect with our expert faculty and staff to discuss curriculum design, graduate student resources, outcomes, and more.

    Questions? Please contact Jared Merritt in the Office of Graduate Admissions at or 814-871-7805.

  • Invest in Yourself | Stand Out in the Field of Business

    Gannon University understands that today’s business environment calls upon students to seek every competitive advantage possible for their careers.  Sometimes, gaps in experience prevent individuals from reaching their professional goals or, their desire to move into a new profession requires acquisition of a new skillset.

    Whatever the motivation, Gannon’s graduate certificate in Business Essentials can help students develop a deeper understanding of business’ core competencies. Armed with fundamental knowledge in the areas of accounting, finance, strategic management, and marketing, successful students will be able to articulate how these functions contribute to an effective organization while distinguishing themselves as a business professional.

    This graduate certificate is an excellent educational investment that works with the busy schedule of professionals and serves as a stackable credential towards our accredited, online Master of Business Administration degree should students choose to pursue that option.

    Gannon’s online graduate business program centers on honing ethical decision making and problem-solving skills, via content with an applied, practical application, in the functional areas of business. Our dedicated faculty and seasoned practitioners offer a dynamic and diverse learning experience for students, whereby our graduates are equipped with transferable skills that are easily adapted to different areas of business, government, and industry, both domestically and globally.


    The Business Administration program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) an international accreditation body for business schools.

    Admission Requirements

    • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
    • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • If your undergraduate GPA is less than a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, there are two options:
      • Take the GMAT and achieve a score of 1050 using the formula: 200 x (undergraduate GPA) + GMAT score.
      • GMAT requirement may be waived based on professional experience following the Program Director’s review of application

    Application Procedures

    • Submit an online graduate application (
    • Submit application materials
      • Official academic transcript from all prior institutions
      • TOEFL scores if English is not a first language Application

    Application materials may be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions by:

    • Email:
    • Mail: Attn: Office of Graduate Admissions, Gannon University, 109
    • University Square, Erie, PA 16541
    • Fax: (814)-871-5827


    Academic Leveling Modules (5 required)

    Required for non-business bachelor’s degree holders only; Offered through Peregrine Academic Services:

    • Accounting Fundamentals
    • Foundations of Quantitative Research Techniques and Statistics
    • Foundations of Marketing
    • Foundations of Business Integration & Strategic Management
    • Foundations of Business Finance
    • Foundations of Microeconomics*
    • Foundations of Macroeconomics*

    Business Essentials Curriculum (12 credits)

    Students must complete all four (4) Gannon courses from the following list to complete the Business Essentials graduate certificate:

    • GMBA 601 Managerial Accounting
    • GMBA 651 Marketing Management     
    • GMBA 661 Financial Management
    • GMBA 774 Strategic Management

    Stackable Credentials

    Credits earned in the Business Essentials graduate certificate program can be applied toward the 30-credit Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.

    Fall Semester Start

    Fall Semester GMBA 651
    GMBA 774
    Business Essentials
    Spring Semester GMBA 661
    GMBA 601
    Summer Semester GMBA 641
    GMBA 752 or 764
    Requirements to Complete Online MBA Degree
    Fall Semester GMBA 631
    GMBA 799
    Spring Semester GMBA 686
    GMBA 736

    Spring Semester Start

    Spring Semester
    GMBA 661
    GMBA 601
    Business Essentials
    Fall Semester GMBA 651
    GMBA 774
    Spring Semester GMBA 686
    GMBA 736
    Requirements to Complete Online MBA Degree
    Summer Semester
    GMBA 641
    GMBA 752 or 764
    Fall Semester GMBA 631
    GMBA 799

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate evidence that influences decision-making in firms
  2. Articulate management issues, ideas, theories, and solutions to a range of audiences in written and oral form
  3. Apply knowledge to theory in problem-solving through the application of appropriate business theories, principles and data
  4. Explain the relationship among the core, functional areas of business and the context of their roles in today’s business environment