Management Science Certificate

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UMBC’s Managerial Sciences Certificate Program prepares students for careers in business and government. The program is open to any degree-seeking student at UMBC but is designed to supplement a liberal arts or science major; certificates must be earned concurrently with an undergraduate major. Students gain the combined benefits of their major program and a business program and have great success in obtaining employment and acceptance in top graduate and professional school programs.

The Management Science Certificate emphasizes the theoretical, technical, and applied economic aspects of business administration and management. It stresses decision-making using statistical and mathematical tools and surveys most areas of business operations.

Courses required to complete the certificate are below. Course descriptions can be found in the Course Catalog. The printed course catalog contains the official listing of program requirements and takes precedence over information listed on this site. Should you discover a discrepancy between the printed catalog and any information posted on this site, please contact the Department of Information Systems for instructions.

The Core Curriculum (18 credits):

  • ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics (credits: 3)
  • ECON 102 – Principles of Macroeconomics (credits: 3)
  • ECON 121 – Principles of Accounting I (credits: 3)
  • ECON 122 – Principles of Accounting II (credits: 3)
  • ENGL 391 – Advanced Exposition and Argumentation (credits: 3) OR ENGL 393 – Technical Communication (credits: 3)
  • MGMT 489 – Seminar in Management and Administration (credits: 3) OR MGMT 210 – The Practice of Management (credits: 3)

Required Management Science Courses (31 credits):

  • ECAC 329 – Cost Accounting (credits: 3)
  • ECAC 351 – Advanced Cost Accounting (credits: 3)
  • MGMT 385 – Business Ethics and Society (credits: 3) OR MGMT 360 – Business Law (credits: 3)
  • STAT 350 – Statistics with Applications in the Biological Sciences (credits: 4) OR STAT 351 – Applied Statistics for Business and Economics (credits: 4) OR STAT 355 – Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers (credits: 4)
  • ECON 311 – Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (credits: 3)
  • ECON 320 – Quantitative Methods for Management (credits: 3) OR MATH 381 – Linear Methods in Operations Research (credits: 3) OR IS 325 – Introduction to Management Science (credits: 3)
  • ECON 374 – Financial Management (credits: 3) OR ECON 309 – Survey of Economic and Finance for Scientists and Engineers (credits: 3)
  • An introductory IS OR CMSC course (credits: 3)

And two of the following:

  • MGMT 410 – Operations and Supply Chain Management (credits: 3)
  • ECON 352 – Industrial Relations (credits: 3)
  • ECON 405 – Benefit-Cost Evaluation (credits: 3)
  • ECON 408 – Managerial Economics (credits: 3)
  • ECON 415 – Organizations, Incentives and Behavior: Theory and Policy (credits: 3)
  • ECON 417 – The Economics of Strategic Interaction (credits: 3)
  • ECON 421 – Introduction to Econometrics (credits: 3)
  • ECON 423 – Economic Forecasting (credits: 3)


  • This certificate is only available to currently enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate students at UMBC. Your major can be from any of those offered at the university. Non-degree seeking students are unable to declare participation in any IS undergraduate certificate program.
  • Certificates do not require departmental permission. Please use the Undergraduate Declaration of Major, Minor, and Certificate Form to add a certificate.
      • Notice of successful completion is placed on the transcript at time of graduation. There is not a separate certificate document.
  • An Important Note: Although we do not require department permission, before submitting the form to add a certificate please contact IS Director of Undergraduate Programs, Richard Sponaugle,, for information and prerequisites. Some individual courses may require permission to enroll, and it is important to discuss the timing of offerings and prereqs before submitting the form for the Management Science certificate.
  • Upper level courses taken to satisfy an IS certificate requirement may not also be used to satisfy the required upper level IS elective course in the IS or BTA majors. All upper level courses count toward the 45 upper level credits required to graduate from UMBC.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.