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Certificate in Business Administration

Build a Solid Foundation to Succeed in Business


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost: $4,680 (noncredit)
    $6,750 (credit)

About this Program

There are no future offerings of this program scheduled at this time.

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, human resources, marketing, organizational behavior, 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 you need to reach your goals.

Designed for

Professionals who want to broaden and deepen their knowledge of business fundamentals.

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Video Overview

Hear from instructor Leta Beard about how the program explores the inner workings of the different functional areas in business, such as strategy, marketing, human resources, finance and accounting.

Duration: 01:51

What You'll Learn

  • Essential financial concepts, including how to analyze financial statements, understand security valuation and evaluate market structure
  • Techniques for identifying and addressing marketing challenges and opportunities
  • Evidence-based approaches for managing individuals and teams to increase organizational effectiveness
  • How to conduct a strategic business analysis and determine long-range goals
  • How to create and grow new business ventures

Get Hands-on Experience

You’ll develop a business plan for a startup company or an established organization.

Choose from noncredit and Credit options

This program offers both credit and noncredit options. 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.

If you enroll in the program for credit, you’ll earn a grade of either credit (CR) or no credit (NC) for each course, depending on your performance — not a numerical grade that can be included in your GPA. If you want to take the credit option with the intention of later applying those credits to a graduate degree, check with your intended program before registering to make sure your credits will apply. The UW Foster School of Business does not accept credits from this certificate program.

Program Overview

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.

Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

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 »

Program Sessions

Closed Sessions

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