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MBA Essentials Certificate

Interested in Climbing up the Management Ladder? Would you like to get an MBA but don’t have the time?  MBA Essentials Certificate provides you with the foundation you need to understand the current business environment. 

What Our Program Offers You

Whether you work in health care, manufacturing, service or public administration, you will find the MBA Essentials Certificate very useful to advance your career in management. MBA Essentials is a first step toward the full MBA. Essentials students take their courses with MBA students and admissions criteria are the same.  Through 15 credits of course work in the Byrd School, you can get a feel of the MBA and earn a certificate. If you decide you can commit to the MBA after the certificate, all 15 credits count toward the MBA and you can earn your degree in just a few semesters.

Excellent Education That Fits Your Schedule

Join our school and learn from our academically and professionally experienced faculty in small classes. Plus, you can choose so many courses to take a semester and in which format to take your courses in. Both evening and weekend formats are conveniently scheduled to accommodate you. Evening classes meet after 6:00 P.M. on weeknights. Weekend courses meet on Friday nights and Saturdays of every other weekend. You can live in Winchester and commute, and find courses fitting your schedule.


Dr. Miles Davis

Dean, Harry F. Byrd, Jr., School of Business and Professor of Management
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Yvonne Chen

M.B.A. Program Director and Associate Professor of Economics
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Giles A. Jackson

Associate Professor of Marketing
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Professor of Accounting and Braun Chair in Accounting Charles J. Pineno Ph.D, Retires

Professor of Accounting and Braun Chair in Accounting Charles J. Pineno, Ph.D., retired in August 2013 after a long and accomplished career in business education for more than 40 years. After joining the faculty of Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr.… Read More

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Business Alumna Lands Dream Job at NASDAQ Stock Market

Mary Thomas ’08 set her sights on becoming an accountant in her senior year of high school. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in accounting from Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of… Read More

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Shenandoah University celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its Global Citizenship Project (GCP)

Shenandoah University’s Global Citizenship Project (GCP) was conceived 10 years ago when the estate of Dr. Nancy Larrick Crosby, a former trustee and friend of the university, made a generous contribution to Shenandoah to use to further its mission in a meaningful… Read More

Alumni Successes

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Karen Kennedy Schultz Presented Higher Education Honor Roll Award

Karen Kennedy Schultz ’79, ’86, director of the Center for Public Service & Scholarship at Shenandoah, displays President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll award, which was presented to Shenandoah for its dedicated service to the community. The Honor Roll is… Read More

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Meet Your Alumni Board – Kamie Hagedorn MacRae ’01

As soon as Kamie Hagedorn MacRae ’01 stepped on campus, she fell in love; not just with her future husband and fellow alumni board member, Ryan A. MacRae ’09, but with the entire feel of the campus. “I just fell in love,” said… Read More

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Alumnus, Paul Delmerico ‘88, Chairs 2013 Business Symposium

Paul Delmerico ‘88, partner and general manager of local SpecialMade Goods & Services, Inc. is a native of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. Finding his way south to Winchester, Delmerico became involved with Shenandoah first as a graduate student. After graduation, he… Read More