Graduate Business Services

Certificate Programs for Managers and Executives

The Graduate Advanced Studies Certificate Program offered by the College of Business is a post-master's level non-degree program of study designed to meet the changing educational needs of managers, entrepreneurs, or executives. This is an excellent way to update an MBA or other graduate-level business degree, and to prepare for future management or executive-level positions. Candidates for this certificate program may register for a wide variety of excellent courses conveniently offered on weekday evenings and/or Saturdays. While some candidates may complete their courses in as little as two semesters, others may spread their courses over a 3-year maximum time period.

Candidates for executive positions are encouraged to earn the executive development certificate by completing 4-7 courses in two or more areas. This broad array of classes is designed to sharpen the candidate's strategic awareness in their industry of choice. Managers or functional specialists completing 4-7 courses in one area of study may be awarded a professional development certificate for that area. Advanced studies are available in the following areas:
  • accounting
  • economics
  • electronic commerce
  • finance
  • health care administration
  • information systems
  • international business
  • management
  • management science
  • marketing
  • production and operations management
  • real estate

Steps To Be Taken:


In order to be admitted to the program, an applicant must:

  1. Have already received a graduate business degree (e.g. MBA) or be scheduled to graduate with such a degree.
  2. Submit an application for admission:
    • Continuing students at UT Arlington will notify the Graduate Business Services Office of their intention to continue their studies in this program. The Director will in turn submit a memo to the Office of Graduate Studies requesting the student's status to be changed to Special Student for the purpose of this program. The student's GPA will be set to zero at that time. International students may request an extension to their allowed time (I20) to complete this certificate through the Office of International Education.
    • Former UTA graduate business students (within 5 years) should submit an Application for Readmission. Leave item 8 blank and insert in item 9 "Advanced Studies Program" and indicate your area of concentration under this program.
    • All new applicants from other universities must submit a Special Student Application. In item 7, and on the second line of item 11, enter "Advanced Studies Program" and indicate the area of study under this program.
    • You must apply as a Non-Degree Seeking (Special) Graduate Student by completing the Online Texas Common Application for the University of Texas at Arlington. For more information, please read the instructions given with the online application. In addition, you must meet the MBA program admission requirements and submit a written essay outlining your professional development objectives.
    • International students may participate in this program on a full-time basis, or on a part-time basis while completing practical training. The "special student" application (see third bullet above) should be used for applicants coming from other universities. Normal application deadlines will apply.
  3. Submit official transcripts for all college course work attempted.
    • UT Arlington graduates must submit official transcripts from any university attended since completing their graduate program at UT Arlington.
    • Those applicants holding graduate business degrees from outside of UT Arlington must submit official transcripts from all universities attended.
    • Transcripts must be forwarded by the Registrar of each university attended directly to the following address:
      • Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies
      • UT Arlington
      • Box 19167
      • Arlington, TX 76019
  4. Submit a GMAT score. If your GMAT is not already on file in the Office of Graduate Studies, it must also be forwarded directly to the above address from the Educational Testing Service.

Planning Your Program of Study

  1. Individuals accepted into this program should make a reservation to attend the New Student Orientation. Bring your proposed program of study to this orientation so it may be approved by the Director of MBA Programs.
  2. Students are responsible for the selection of advanced electives to be included in the program of study (specialty). A specialty will consist of 4 electives in a single area of study except for accounting. An accounting program of study must satisfy accounting requirements outlined in the MBA program and will include 5-7 electives.
  3. Core requirements, or any course prerequisites not previously taken, may be included as "other required courses" on the approved program of study and will not count toward the specialty. Consult the Graduate Catalog to determine the requirements for each course listed on the program of study.
  4. Students enrolled in this program who did not receive their master's degree from an AACSB accredited school should satisfy the core requirements of the MBA Program prior to completing their approved program of study.
  5. To register for courses under this program, each student should complete a program of study and have it approved by their Advisor. You may register for any course on the approved program of study if you meet all prerequisites.

Academic Requirements

All Graduate School and College of Business requirements will apply to this program and students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to continue in the program. While academic requirements are explained in detail in the Graduate Catalog, the following items are of particular importance to this program.

  1. Students are expected to maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work in the program.
  2. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average in the program in order to be issued a certificate after the completion of courses.
  3. If an Advanced Studies student is eventually interested in pursuing another UTA graduate degree, only nine semester hours of course work (with grades A or B) on their approved program of study may be considered for inclusion in that degree subject to the approval of the appropriate Graduate Studies Committee and the Graduate Dean. Enrollment in the Advanced Studies Program in no way guarantees acceptance of these courses either for admission or towards other graduate degree programs.

Completion of Program and Filing for Your Certificate

It is expected but not required that students will complete a minimum of one course each fall and spring semester. If this level of enrollment is not maintained, the student will be administratively dropped from the program. To continue in the program, an application for readmission must be submitted in accordance with instructions and due dates listed in the Graduate Catalog.

Students enrolled in this program must complete all requirements within a three year time limit. Following completion of all academic requirements under this program, a student must submit the Request for Completion of Certificate Program form and return it to Graduate Business Services requesting that the certificate be issued. This request should provide the desired type of certificate (Executive versus Professional Development and area), the semester during which you completed your last requirement, and the mailing address to which we may mail the certificate. Please include your full name and student ID number.

Request for Completion of Certificate Program