Professional Development

The UBC’s goal is to provide educational and professional development opportunities. Here are few UBC programs aimed at enhancing your professional development.

Customized Corporate Training

The UBC provides specialized management and executive level training to several area companies. The UBC works with the company executives and Craig School of Business faculty to develop a successful program that is tailor made to meet your business needs. Training can be done on-site or in the state of the art facilities at the UBC. Topics can range from general management skills such as: Leadership, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Employment Law, Conflict Resolution, Effective & Persuasive Business Writing, Operational Cash Flow to industry specific skills such as: Agribusiness Finance, Real Estate Appraisal, Risk Management Assessment, Family Business Succession Planning and many others.

Currently the UBC is providing customized training programs for PELCO, Community Medical Centers, USDA Central California Consortium, and other businesses and agencies. For more information on customized training please contact the UBC at (559) 278-2352.

Agricultural Lending Institute (ALI)

As the premier institute for Ag lending professionals, ALI's goal is to develop effective leaders in agricultural finance. The training program involves two one-week sessions designed to be completed over a two-year period. Over the last seven years more than 100 participants have successfully completed the training.

ALI is a joint project of the Ag Lenders Society of California and the University Business Center at the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno and is supported by the California Bankers Association. For more information please visit:

Project Management

In partnership with the California Central Valley PMI® Chapter the UBC is providing PMP® Exam Prep Courses for participants interested in becoming PMP® Certified by the Project Management Institute®.

The UBC is also recognized as the PMI® Registered Education Provider PMI REP(R.E.P.). PMI R.E.P.s are organizations that have been approved to offer training in project management and issue professional development units (PDUs) to meet the continuing education requirements needed by PMI credential holders. To earn the R.E.P. designation, a provider must meet or exceed rigorous standards for quality and effectiveness as defined by PMI.

For more information and training availability please contact the UBC at (559) 278-2352 or visit

Economic Development Certificate Program

This program is for both new professionals entering the field of economic development and existing professionals including elected officials who want to advance their career and better serve their community. Participants have the opportunity to learn emerging economic development concepts while developing a network of connections and resources throughout California. The program is presented by California State University, Fresno Office of Community and Economic Development, in partnership with the University Business Center, California Association for Local Economic Development, and the California Academy for Economic Development.

• IEDC Accredited
• Valuable Professional Networking Opportunity
• Cutting-edge Economic Development Tools and Trends

For more information, call 559.278.2352 or visit

Degree Programs:

Accelerated Bachelors in Business Administration (ABBA)

The Accelerated Bachelors in Business Administration (ABBA) provides transfer students with an opportunity to complete their last 60 units in 15 months. You can read about the admission requirements by clicking here. The ABBA program was designed as a Special Option with focus on general knowledge in Business Administration. The courses are taught in a cohort format (participants go through all the courses with the same group of students from start to finish), in the evenings and on weekends. Approximately one third of the courses will be offered online. Due to the nature of this program, the seating is limited. For more information please call (559) 278-2352 or visit:

Executive MBA Program

The UBC provides administrative support to the Graduate Programs at the Craig School of Business for the Executive MBA program. This 17-months Executive MBA program is designed for mangers and executives who wants to pursue an MBA, but cannot attend the traditional Monday through Thursday 16-week semester program. For more information please contact Tom Burns, Manager Graduate Business Program, Craig School of Business at (559) 278-2107 or via e-mail at You can also visit the program’s web site at: