Getting in

In general, you don't need to have taken business courses ahead of time, and you can start in any semester. (The Finance Certificate is an exception to this.) The Business Analytics Certificate admission requirements are slightly different—learn more here.

An entrance exam (GMAT or GRE) is not required for professional certificate students.

Application fees

There is no fee to apply. If you're admitted, a $40 application fee will be added to your first semester's tuition. A $75 document fee will be billed in your second semester.

Minimum requirements

You'll need to meet all of these criteria in order to be considered for admission to one of our Professional Certificate programs.

  • A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
    • Finance Certificate only: At least one undergrad accounting course, or Corporate Financial Reporting (MBA:8140)
  • Undergraduate GPA above the minimum
    • Business Analytics: 2.5 GPA or higher
    • Business Fundamentals, Finance, Marketing & Leadership: 2.75 GPA or higher
  • At least 18 months of work experience after earning your bachelor's degree. You should be fully employed when you apply; exceptions may be made if you're transitioning employment.
Because our certificates are classified as non-degree and part-time, the university cannot sponsor international students for F-1 student visas or J-1 visas. I-20 or DS-2019 documents will not be provided.

Application dates and deadlines

Spring 2020

Classes start: Late January

January 6
Final application deadline

 

Summer 2020

Classes start: Late May

May 8
Final application deadline

Fall 2020

Classes start: Late August

Priority deadline: March 15, 2020

Final deadline: August 1, 2020

Application checklist

Here's what's needed to apply:

Additional Business Analytics Certificate requirements

  • Statement of purpose (one page)
  • Two recommendations (should be supervisors, instructors, or similar). You will enter their contact information on your application.

Earning multiple certificates

You can earn more than one certificate, and can even enroll in more than one certificate program at a time. You'll need a 3.0 GPA or better to be awarded the certificate.