Graduate Certificate in Business Management

Earning a GCM at SFBU can help you

  • Move above and beyond your current job
  • Diversify your knowledge and gain a broader perspective
  • Formalize your knowledge based on field-proven theory
  • Engage professionally with other specialists and experts

Fall classes start

Aug 29

Spring classes start

Jan 13

SFBU’s great campus location in the heart of the Silicon Valley area

is probably one of the greatest places to start your business. SFBU is surrounded by well-known employers in the technology industry. Furthermore, summer seacoast and winter mountain activities are just a few hours away, making it pleasurable to learn and grow here.

About Our GCM Program

The School of Business offers an academic certificate program, the Graduate Certificate in Business Management (GCM). This 6-course, 18-unit program provides an extensive foundation in management. It is equivalent to the first academic year of SFBU's 36-unit MBA program, and consists of MBA courses taught by SFBU faculty. Students earn graduate-level credit on an official SFBU transcript, and a certificate diploma upon successful completion.

Note: The GCM is currently not accepting F-1 international students. Interested students are advised to consider the MBA program, which supports F-1 international student applications.
For more GCM curriculum and course information, please click here.
  • Affordable

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    Fast track your GCM

    You can complete your GCM in as little as two semesters (one academic year) by taking three courses (9 units) per semester.

    Transfer units

    The GCM program does not accept transfer credit from other institutions.

    Undergraduate SFBU students may transfer up to 9 units of SFBU graduate-level Business courses into the GCM.

  • Curriculum

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    Click here for the GCM curriculum and course information.

    GCM Course Sampler*

    FIN501 Financial Management
    MGT530 Logistics and Operations Management
    HRM531 Human Resource Management
    MGT542 Technology and Product Management 
    MGT501 Agile Project Management 
    MKT550 Consumer and Buyer Behavior
    MKT552 Brand Management and Marketing
    MKT554 Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    CPT502 Curricular Practicum Training
    *For more GCM curriculum and course information, please click here.


    • Greater freedom of job and career choices
    • Increased salary potential
    • Flexibility of in-person and online course delivery modalities
  • Accreditation


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    Institutional Accreditation

    San Francisco Bay University is accredited by the

    WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

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An optimal certificate for


Future leaders requiring flexibility

Students in SFBU’s GCM can study part time or full time, on campus or online.


Business professionals seeking to change careers or expand expertise

SFBU’s GCM can help anyone wishing to move into a position with greater opportunities for advancement, recognition, and professional growth.


Benefiting from the knowledge of experts

With extensive Silicon Valley work experience, SFBU’s faculty help students gain proficiency in making critical decisions, and prepare future graduates to face the demands of an ever-changing, multicultural business world.


Experiencing SFBU’s supportive and personal learning environment

SFBU’s classes provide students with individual attention from faculty and the chance to get to know their classmates. Course projects are centered around students’ interests, making them engaging and useful.


"Your dreams are achievable with firm dedication and flexible education. On your journey, let our professors be your guides."

Mr. James Connor
Dean, School of Business

Begin your GCM journey today!