Business Plus Certificate

Business Plus Certificate Overview

The Business Plus certificate program is designed for students holding an undergraduate degree in areas other than business. The 18 credit program includes courses in accounting, computing, economics, finance, legal studies, management and leadership, management science and marketing. The Business Plus certificate program will provide students with a good foundation toward the Master in Business Administration.

Admission Requirements

Minimum admissions requirements for the Business Plus certificate programs are:

  • a baccalaureate degree in an area other than Business;
  • a 2.5 GPA in all undergraduate work.

This program is available only to students enrolled in CCS.


Boris Vilic
Dean, College of Continuing Studies
Bart Luedeke Center, Suite 31

Program Requirements

(18 credits)

ACC 220Managerial Uses of Accounting 13
CIS 385Management Information Systems 23
ECO 200Principles of Macroeconomics3
MSD 200Statistical Methods I 33
MSD 201Statistical Methods II3
MSD 340Production and Operations3
Total Credits18

Program Completion and Certification

Students must achieve a 2.5 GPA in their coursework with no grade lower than a “C” to successfully complete a College of Business Administration certificate. Students leaving CCS for any other Rider undergraduate program before earning the certificate will not be eligible for the certificate.


ACC 220 Managerial Uses of Accounting 3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the use of accounting information in managerial decision-making. Topics include cost behavior, cost classifications, and problem-solving functions of accounting as they pertain to planning, control, evaluation of performance, special decisions, and budgeting. The interpretation of published financial statements and the statement of cash flow are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): ACC 210.

CIS 385 Management Information Systems 3 Credits

The course focuses on the management and use of information systems and technology for the strategic and operational advantage of the firm. Students explore the business value of information resources including current communication, database, as well as hardware and software technologies. GSC 385 can fulfill the CIS 385 requirement for all business majors. Please note: Students will not receive credit for both GSC 385 and CIS 385 without prior approval by the Dean's office.

Prerequisite(s): CIS 185 and junior or senior standing.

ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 Credits

A collective view of income receiving and spending sectors of the national economy, including households, businesses, and governments. Issues discussed: What determines the level of output, income, and employment achieved by the economy? What determines the growth of national output and employment? National income accounting, income and employment theory, monetary system, general price level, business cycle, government policies designed to provide for full employment, price stability, and economic growth are also covered.

Prerequisite(s): Place into MSD 105 based on SAT or ACT Score, OR place into MSD 105/MTH 102 by passing College Placement, OR passing MTH 100S with a grade of ‘Y’, OR passing MSD 104, OR having transferred in any college level MSD or MTH class.

MSD 200 Statistical Methods I 3 Credits

This course is designed to give the student an understanding of continuous random variables, the elements of statistical inference, and an introduction to how these tools may be useful in one’s attempt to reach intelligent conclusions in real-world settings. The focus is on the normal random variable, descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, and the frameworks of estimation and hypothesis testing, particularly as they apply to inference for unknown population means and proportions in the one- and two-sample settings.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 105 or equivalent.

MSD 201 Statistical Methods II 3 Credits

The sequel to Statistical Methods I is designed to prepare the student to be able to recognize a variety of additional common inferential scenarios, select and apply appropriate techniques in their analyses, and be aware of the usefulness of computer packages in performing certain relatively complicated statistical calculations. the course covers the one-way analysis of variance, Chi-square tests for non parametric inferences, and regression analysis. Students are expected to submit, for evaluation, the analysis of a real-world data set.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 200.

MSD 340 Production and Operations 3 Credits

This course introduces the concepts and techniques of designing and managing manufacturing and service systems and their operations effectively and efficiently. Major topics include product and process design, facility location, forecasting, aggregate planning, inventory management, supply chain management, project management, just-in-time systems, quality assurance, linear programming, and the transportation problem. Current issues such as productivity, global competitiveness, and quality are also discussed.

Prerequisite(s): MSD 105 or MSD 110, MSD 200 or MTH 340, MSD 201 or MTH 341.