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The certificate in Contemporary American Business is ideal for individuals who want to become familiar with the processes, routines, and practices of modern business.  This certificate prepares you for MBA study or a career in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Management or Import-Export Operations. The program is relevant for domestic and international students who are interested in beginning (or enhancing) a career in business, preparing for business school, or getting introduced to the world of business.

For international students, this full-time 18-hour-per-week program meets the requirements for an I-20 “certificate of eligibility” and allows you to apply for an F-1 student visa. Upon successful completion of this program, students may apply for Practical Training, which is temporary employment directly related to the student’s field of study. Students must contact their International Student Advisor (ISO) to discuss eligibility to apply for Practical Training, as well as what steps must be taken to get approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Authorization for employment is not guaranteed.

Academic Schedule

Classes for the eleven month cohort program meet Monday through Thursday evenings.

Recommended Application Deadlines:
Contemporary American Business Practices (CABP) applications are reviewed year-round and students are admitted on a rolling basis.Although we strongly recommend that all applicants adhere to our deadlines, late applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis.Those applying for full-time international student status should allow enough time to complete their application requirements in order to obtain their F-1 visa and student I-20 to study at Baruch.

Spring Term Deadlines:
December 15: International Applicants (New I-20)
January 5: Domestic/Transferred Applicants

Upcoming Start Dates:
Spring 2016: January 19, 2016
Summer 2016: May 16, 2016
Fall 2016: September 19, 2016