Important Information for Spring 2021

We plan to deliver Spring 2021 courses in multiple formats including in-person, hybrid, and fully online. As conditions evolve, we will let you know right away if anything changes. Fall 2020 courses are being delivered fully online this semester.

Enrollment specialists are available for virtual appointments five days a week. Book a time to get your questions answered.

No business degree? No problem.

It happens all the time. You earn a bachelor's degree in one area, and find your calling in another. So how do you fill in the gaps?

There's a lot of pride involved in working your way up in an area where you don't have formal education. Maybe you earned an anthropology degree, but numbers pique your interest more than bones. Or perhaps your English Lit degree landed you by accident in a marketing job, and you can't imagine doing anything else. It's time to layer solid business fundamentals on top of your non-business background.

The Business Fundamentals Certificate is a five-course program designed to give you a broad introduction to the core principles of business. You'll have a chance to dive into the disciplines: marketing, management, finance, and accounting. You choose your fifth and final course; either business analytics or strategy.

Credits you earn can count toward the Iowa MBA through the Professional MBA Program, which has a separate application process.

At a glance

Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Quad Cities

Complete five courses (four required courses + one elective)

Predominantly 11-week courses, meeting one night a week 6:00 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., no Fridays. Other format possibilities: online, weekend (5 weeks), double weeknights (5 or 6 weeks), and weekdays (5 days total).

*Note: Fall 2020 courses will be delivered online

Time to complete
As little as 1 year

$10,500 (Five courses at $2,100 each) for the 2019-2020 academic year

No entrance exam required. See details.

Business Fundamentals Certificate courses

Required course

  • Marketing Management—MBA:8110
  • Management in Organizations—MBA:8120
  • Corporate Financial Reporting—MBA:8140 
  • Managerial Finance—MBA:8180

Elective courses (select one)

  • Business Analytics—MBA:8150
  • Foundations in Strategy—MBA:8300

Note: If you waive any of the required courses based on already-completed coursework, you’ll need to take an additional elective in its place to earn the certificate.

Video: Business Fundamentals Certificate

Run time: 3 minutes 5 seconds

Want to learn more about this certificate? Take a moment to watch a quick video. Lisa Smith explains how the Business Fundamentals Certificate works, including courses, time to complete, and much more.

You can also get an overview of all Professional Certificates in this explainer video.


You can start the Business Fundamentals Certificate in any semester. No business prerequisites are needed, and there's no entrance exam. See application deadlines and minimum requirements on the Admission page.

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