Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in Business Administration

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is a non-degree program designed to provide the opportunity for advanced graduate study beyond the MBA degree and serve the continuing education needs of MBA graduates and other professional managers with comparable advanced degrees. The CAGS Program consists of five courses normally selected from the list of elective courses in the MBA Program, which must be completed within a period of seven years. To enroll in these courses, students must have completed any prerequisites, either through prior coursework or through enrollment in the appropriate MBA courses. Functional Core Courses (MBA600-605) Ordinarily, no more than one Functional Core course from the MBA program may count toward the CAGS. Generally, credit for such a course will be approved only if a student has not taken that course or a comparable one at another school within the last three years, and if the student intends to concentrate his/her study in the area of the Functional Core course. MBA Foundation and Core Courses are offered all three semesters: fall, spring and summer. Most courses in the fall and spring are offered in a hybrid or blended format (meeting every other week) where they will meet both in-person and online using Brightspace. Classes run from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. and are offered Monday-Thursday.

Graduate Virtual Information Sessions

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in Business Administration Program Contact

Susan M. Cahill

Sr. Associate Director of Post-Bachelor and Graduate Admissions
508-767-7365 Admissions House - Room 205

Michael S. Lewis, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Management and Accounting, MBA Director, Assistant Professor of Management
508-767-7372 Tsotsis Family Academic Center - Room 346

Shelley Walsh

Student Service Representative
508-767-7426 Tsotsis Family Academic Center - Room 338

Program Curriculum

    • Ethical leadership skills that enable graduates to develop principled approaches to inspiring, influencing, and guiding others;
    • An in-depth understanding of the concepts and theories, as well as technical and professional skills in the “core” areas of business;
    • Critical thinking and communication skills that enable graduates to develop and articulate logical, coherent, and persuasive arguments; marshal supportive evidence; and distinguish fact from opinion;
    • Integration skills that enable graduates to make decisions based on multiple, often conflicting, perspectives; and
    • A global perspective that enables graduates to identify, analyze and practice how best to manage when faced with difference.


Michael S. Lewis, Ph.D.
Program Director Department Chair, Management and Accounting MBA Director Assistant Professor of Management
Zachary Jeremy Daniels
Associate Professor of Practice, Mgmt, Mktg, Org Comm
Cary Leblanc, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing Rome Campus Program Director
J. Bart Morrison, DBA
Associate Professor of Management

Graduate Admission Events and Ways to Connect With Us

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Admissions Requirements


Candidates for the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study should already hold an MBA or equivalent graduate degree in a closely related field from an accredited program. Admission criteria will focus on the candidate's academic record and professional experience, and be broadly comparable to those used in evaluating candidates for the MBA Program.

A completed application consists of:

  • Graduate Application
  • Three (3) Recommendation Letters
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Resume
  • TOEFL or IELTS for applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum accepted score for TOEFL is 540 paper, 200 computer and 79-80 internet and for IELTS is 6.0. (Please note: This program is fully online therefore International students can only apply if they plan to take the program from their home country. Online programs are not eligible for the F1 Student Visa.)

Graduate Research Symposium

Assumption University Graduate School Annual Symposium showcases research, innovative projects, successful case study, and creative work of graduate students and recent alums from every graduate program. We offer all graduate students in every program an opportunity to present their excellent work on diverse topics.

Veterans at Assumption

Assumption University recognizes that servicemen and women have demonstrated great courage and made tremendous sacrifices in service to our nation and its people. The University has introduced a number of programs and services to assist veterans during the application process and while veterans are attending Assumption. We also have a lounge designated only for our veteran students. Assumption University is committed to maintaining recognition as a Military Friendly institution.  We strive to eliminate barriers to success for our Service Members, Veterans, and their qualified dependents.