Certificate in Business Administration

Build a Solid Foundation to Succeed in Business


Program Details

  • Location: Online, UW Seattle
  • Duration: 5 - 8 months
  • Cost: TBD

Next start date

September 2017

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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.


By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 15 graduate credits. Note that you must complete all courses in the certificate to be eligible for credit. Learn more about credit options.

Program Overview

We offer this program in two formats: a 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.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Courses are offered 100 percent online. The flexible online format allows you to access course content wherever you are. Video lectures, assignments and other course materials are delivered through a Web-based learning management system, such as Canvas or Moodle, which also serves as a hub for communicating with your instructors and classmates. You are expected to complete assignments by their due dates, but you can study on your own schedule.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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