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FAQs

Is MBI right for me?

MBI is a valuable resource for anyone looking to gain a career enhancing education through one of three distinct certificate programs: business fundamentals, sustainability, or cybersecurity for business leaders.

What are the academic requirements for each certificate?

MBI's Certificate in Business Fundamentals is specifically designed for non-business majors who have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate education, recent grads from non-business programs, and working professionals. Where applicable, candidates must be in good academic standing and have a competitive GPA to be eligible for the program.

The Certificate in Sustainable Business is designed for non-business or business majors as well as recent grads and working professionals. Where applicable, candidates must be in good academic standing and have a competitive GPA to be eligible for the program.

The Certificate in Cybersecurity for Business Leaders is designed for working professionals with more than one year of experience. 

What type of degree will I receive?

The certificate programs at MBI are non-degree programs. Students who successfully finish the program receive a certificate from the University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce attesting to their successful completion of the program. The grading system is measured on a pass/fail basis, and students whose participation is exceptional receive awards of outstanding achievement.

How long is each certificate program?

The Certificate in Business Fundamentals is offered in three formats:

  • The Academic-Year Program follows the UVA academic year calendar, running from late August to late April, and meets Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • The Summer Residential Program runs late May to late June, and meets daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Online MBI Program is an accelerated 15-week program that runs on a semester schedule, with start dates in spring, summer, and fall.

The Certificate in Sustainable Business  and Certificate in Cybersecurity for Business Leaders are offered in a flexible online environment, and last 13 weeks.