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Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Studies Certificate

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The Certificate in Business Studies, a 15-credit program housed in the Economics department,consists of courses drawn from several departments. While the best foundation for any career is a liberal arts education, many students want to supplement their liberal arts education with business-specific skills and a credential signaling those skills to potential employers. We rely on businesses in New York City for work opportunities for students, and on the Cooperman Pre-Business Center for coordination of internships and workshops in business skills.

For information, contact Arabella Pollack, Director of Certificate in Business Studies, Hunter West 1531 (212) 772-5404 or go to Certificate in Business Studies.


  1. Full-time students currently enrolled at Hunter College who have earned 25-95 credits. A minimum of 1/3 of these credits must have been earned at Hunter College. Graduate students and individuals with advanced degrees are not eligible to apply. Successful applicants will show evidence of the following:
    • Academic excellence and a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA
    • Demonstrated interest in business
    • Required prerequisite course ECO 10000 
    • Students selected for the Program must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Note: BA/MA candidates are in fact undergraduates, and therefore eligible.


  1. An electronic copy of their resumé, highlighting extra-curricular activities and interests
  2. An electronic copy of their official transcript
  3. One essay of 650 words or fewer, answering the following three questions:
    • What are you doing today that demonstrates your interest in business?
    • What are your professional aspirations upon graduating Hunter?
    • How will participating in the Business Studies Certificate help you achieve these goals?
  4. Based on written applications, select students may be invited to interview with the Business Certificate   Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will select applicants subject to available resources. We expect to limit enrollment to 30 students per year, at least initially.


The certificate program will include three required 3-credit courses, plus one elective drawn from existing courses at the college and a 3-credit internship with an associated capstone course.  

Students may apply six (6) credits from the Business Certificate towards requirements for other programs. Four of the courses in this certificate (ACC 22500 , ACC 23000 , ECO 26100 , and ECO 49700 ) cannot fulfill requirements toward the BS in Accounting, the BA in Economics or minors in Accounting or Economics. Accounting majors can replace ACC 22500  with ACCP 37400 . Accounting majors and minors may not use ACC 22500 , ACC 23000 , ECO 22100 , STAT 11300  or STAT 21300 (STEM)  to fulfill Certificate requirements

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