MBI: Business Fundamentals


This certificate program incorporates consolidated, highly focused curriculum to provide you with a solid business foundation. 


Non-business majors with at least one year of college completed


Academic Year or Summer Session, in person

Not accepting applications at this time


Charlottesville, VA

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Business skills are needed everywhere.

Regardless of your career path, the skills you gain through MBI will provide value now and well into the future. Our immersive and high-touch program will broaden your network and boost your career advantage.

  • Learn business tools and best practices.

  • Gain important skills valued by employers.

  • Expand your network of colleagues and professionals.

  • Expand your employment opportunities and starting salary.

Choose from Two Formats

Summer Session
Academic Year

Program Cost

$6,000 (scholarships available)

Next Session Start

Summer Session: May 31, 2022
Academic Year: August 2022

Not accepting applications at this time

Program Highlights

The program offers:

  • A curriculum specifically designed for non-business majors.
  • Interactive classes focused on real-world case studies (e.g., LUSH cosmetics and PwC).
  • High-quality teaching—the same faculty who teach in McIntire’s top-ranked business programs.
  • Career support to help you create a strategy to leverage your MBI certificate with potential employers.
Who Is This For?

MBI is designed for students who are working toward or have completed a liberal arts or STEM degree. Candidates must be in good academic standing and must have completed at least one year of undergraduate coursework by the time they start the program.

  • Summer Session is offered over five weeks in Charlottesville, VA, with classes held Monday through Friday.
  • The Academic-Year sessions are offered Fridays during the fall and spring terms, and is convenient for current UVA undergraduate and graduate students as well as professionals in the Charlottesville area.

MBI, with its interactive group assignments and real-world application of topics, has allowed me to gain a more practical understanding of the business world.

Nilla Ali



Curriculum is broken down into eight core categories.


Learn to analyze and record transactions, and develop skills using the balance sheet and income statement to assess a company's performance and financial position.

  • Understand financial statements
  • Record transactions to track resources and measure profits
  • Create and read income statements and balance sheets


Learn about the role of financial instruments, institutions, and markets in creating value. Develop skills in evaluating financial performance, making investment decisions, and assessing the implications of different financing strategies.

  • Financial statement analysis
  • Capital budgeting
  • Personal financial planning


Study how firm analyze the environment (the 3C's: consumer, company, competitors) to create products and services. Understand how consumers process information and make purchasing decisions. Use components of the marketing mix (the 4 P’s: product, price, place, promotions) to create brand equity.

  • Market segmentation, targeting, and positioning
  • Distribution, pricing, and promotions
  • Branding and integrated marketing communications


Understand the role of the executive in managing and improving the organization over time.

  • Competitive strategy
  • Environmental analysis
  • Evaluating strategic performance
  • Strategic decision making
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

Organizational Behavior

Understand organizational behavior and the relationship between the organization and manager. Learn how to lead and manage teams in order to more effectively.

  • Make and implement team-based decisions
  • Design teams and understand individual differences
  • Motivate teams and their members


Learn direct-style communication: effective written documents and assertion-focused presentations with high-impact visuals.

  • Design easy-to-access email, memos, and reports for multiple audiences
  • Explore your individual speaking style and work to improve both individually and in groups
  • Work in teams to group-author documents and give a group final presentation


Learn how to analyze and present data using Microsoft Excel to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Excel formulas and formatting
  • “What if?” analyses
  • Effective charting techniques
  • Database functions (e.g., VLOOKUP, filters, and pivot tables)

Career Services

Create a strategy to leverage MBI and rebrand yourself to potential employers.

  • Identify or confirm industries of interest
  • Update your resume and LinkedIn profile to highlight the MBI program and your newly acquired business acumen
  • Develop your elevator speech
  • Polish your networking and interview skills
  • Meet with a career coach one on one

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and there is no fee to apply. The next session begins in May. 

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