Certificate in Business Administration

Build a Solid Foundation to Succeed in Business


Program Details

  • Location: Online, UW Seattle
  • Duration: 5 - 9 months
  • Times: Flexible, Evenings
  • Cost: $4,500 (noncredit)
    $6,500 (credit)

Next start date:

September 2019

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About this Program

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.

Designed for

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

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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
  • Methods for creating and growing 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. 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. 

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 Formats

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 »


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online, Group-Paced


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