Build a Solid Foundation to Succeed in Business
Next start date:
September 27, 2018
There are many different ingredients in the recipe for business success. In this certificate program, you’ll get a thorough grounding in the important aspects of business management and fine-tune your leadership skills.
We’ll explore the key elements common to all businesses including accounting, finance, legal, human resources, marketing, planning and project management. You’ll gain insight on how to increase productivity, craft strategy and develop and implement effective business plans. Whether you’re looking to advance in your current organization, move into a different role or start your own business, you’ll gain the training needed to reach your goals.
Professionals who want to broaden and deepen their knowledge of business fundamentals.
Applicants must have:
Applicants must have at least three years of experience in a management or supervisory role, or a similar business role with hands-on decision making responsibility.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
International students are welcome to apply to an online offering of this program, which doesn’t require a visa. To enroll in a classroom offering, you must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed internet connection.
You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
You’ll develop a business plan for a startup company or an established organization.
This program offers both credit and noncredit options. Note that you must complete both classroom courses for the in-person program to be eligible for credit; the online program offers credit for each individual course. To use these credits for a UW graduate degree, you must apply for graduate nonmatriculated status before beginning the certificate program. Because policies vary, check with your intended degree program to make sure the credits will apply. See Noncredit & Credit Options.
We offer this program in two formats: an accelerated classroom program that features two courses over five months, and an online program that includes five courses over nine months. Students cannot combine or switch between the two program formats.
Fundamentals of Business Administration I
Fundamentals of Business Administration II
Strategy & Marketing (Admin 511)
People Management, Leadership & Teams (admin 512)
Business Planning Practicum I (admin 514)
Accounting & Finance (admin 513)
Business Planning Practicum II (admin 515)
Certificate in Business Administration
Approved by the UW Foster School of Business.
“The program was great because there were other people who were in career transition, like I was, and really pivoting into a brand new world. So it was a great way for me to network with other people.”
Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »
Step up the pace and complete your program more quickly with our accelerated format. With this option, you’ll move through the program’s full curriculum in a condensed time frame. Learn More »
Download the application form (PDF)
Complete your application and submit the materials listed in step 1, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until two weeks before the first class meeting or until the program fills, whichever comes first.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. Payment is due no later than two days before your first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software. The technology fee is based on the number of credits you are taking.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Marketing Lecturer, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Professor, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Research Director, Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Washington
Director of Research and Development, Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking, University of Washington
Lecturer, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
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