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Business Foundations Certificate

Business Foundations Certificate

The Business Foundations certificate at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies is designed for students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree but would like to gain a solid foundation in business for professional growth or to prepare for a bachelor’s degree program. Five foundational courses in accounting, finance, economics, marketing, and organization behavior provide students with a working knowledge of business fundamentals in a real-world context.

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Business Foundations Curriculum

The Business Foundations certificate requires five courses total.

2 of the following courses:

  • ACCOUNT 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ECON 201 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • FINANCE 202 Introduction to Finance

3 selected from the following:

  • MKTG 201 Principles of Marketing
  • ORG BEH 301 Organization Behavior
  • ORG BEH 367 Strategic Planning and Management
  • ORG BEH 391 Special Topics: Global Leadership

Admission

Application to Northwestern University School of Professional Studies degree and certificate programs is completed online. View detailed application instructions and requirements on the Admission page.

Tuition & Fees

Business Foundations Certificate students pay per course. For more information about financial obligations and tuition, see the Tuition page.

Registration

Registration for courses opens 8 to 10 weeks before each quarter and is accessed CAESAR,  Northwestern's online student records system. View course registration timelines and instructions on the Registration Information page.

Frequently Asked Questions for Business Foundations

Read frequently asked questions about program and admission information on the Business Foundations FAQs page.
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