GIA School of Business spring quarter begins April 10

The Gemological Institute of America School of Business will begin the spring quarter of its on campus and online courses on April 10. The spring quarter will end on June 16 and the next two quarters will start on July 10 and Oct. 9.

During the spring quarter, students can attend four of the five classes required for GIA’s Jewelry Business Management diploma program: Accounting Basics, Ethics and Law, Fundamentals of Marketing, and Principles of Management. These required courses, along with the elective course Managerial Economics, can be taken online or on campus in Carlsbad.

In addition, students can register to attend the elective courses of Finance, Marketing Management, and Sales Management on campus in Carlsbad. GIA’s Managerial Accounting, Merchandising Management, and Retail Management electives are only offered online during the spring quarter.

Students can also apply for GIA’s online Bachelor of Business Administration degree completion program. Although the new BBA program officially starts in Oct. 2006, students can begin working toward their degree by taking Jewelry Business Management courses now. Taught online through the Institute’s distance education curriculum, the BBA program offers a comprehensive business education with a specialized focus on the jewelry industry.

Students who have already completed coursework through the GIA School of Business can apply their credits toward the BBA degree. Each of the JBM-required courses, and many of the elective courses, fulfills requirements for the BBA degree. The BBA degree completion program consists of 20 courses, and students must have an associate’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college, university, or institute to be eligible for admission.

For more information about the GIA School of Business and a complete schedule of its courses and programs, visit www.gia.edu, or call 760-603-4000, ext. 4001.