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On the Beach or at Home, UMass Lowell Provides Convenient Solution to Earning MBA


New Graduate Certificate Program in Business Offered Online

LOWELL ߝImagine earning credits towards a master’s in business administration while sitting on the beach or flying to London. The University of Massachusetts Lowell’s latest online graduate certificate program in the Foundations of Business helps students to do just that. UMass Lowell online learning, the largest online program in New England, allows students to earn a degree or certificate from their home or office computers at their convenience using the web, email, online chat and other Internet-based resources.

“The University’s online offerings have been growing drastically to accommodate the need of professionals to have high-quality, convenient education,” says Dean Jacqueline Moloney of UMass Lowell’s Division of Continuing Studies and Corporate Education (CSCE). “Geared towards professionals without an undergraduate degree in business, the Foundations of Business master’s certificate is an easy way to transition into an MBA program.”

The 12-credit certificate program consists of six core courses: “Financial Accounting,” “Business Financial Analysis,” “Marketing Fundamentals,” “Operations Fundamentals,” “Organizational Behavior,” and “Global Enterprise and Competition.” Completed coursework can be applied directly to the MBA degree. Several UMass Lowell MBA courses are already available online in addition to the core courses.

“The economy has rejuvenated interest in MBA programs,” according to Dean Kathryn Verreault, College of Management. “This certificate program is ideally suited for working professionals who are trying to balance work and family commitments.”

The Foundations in Business certificate is the fourth online graduate program at UMass Lowell, including a master’s degree in educational administration and certificates in clinical pathology, and photonics and optoelectronics.

Summer Session I begins May 20 with registration through May 15. Summer Session II begins July 8 with registration through July 1. Late registration is available for a $50 fee until classes begin. An Open House and General Registration will be held Tuesday, May 14 at 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. in Southwick Hall on North Campus. Information on degree and certificate programs, financial aid and advising will be available, as well as a distance education demonstrations and new student orientation.

UMassOnline, the gateway to the University of Massachusetts’ online education programs, provides access to high quality and affordable online courses, certificates, degree programs, and corporate and professional education opportunities. With more than 6,000 enrollments in 25 degree and certificate programs, UMassOnline serves more students than any other online distance learning organization in New England. For more information, visit


Elaine Hays Keough

Catherine Kendrick