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.

Fully online certificate completion is available — choose from five online courses in the program.



Business Foundations Curriculum

Complete five courses to earn the certificate

Two of the following courses:

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

Three selected from the following:

  • MKTG 201 Principles of Marketing*
  • ORG BEH 301 Organization Behavior* (available online and on campus)
  • ORG BEH 367 Strategic Planning and Management
  • ORG BEH 391 Special Topics: Global Leadership*

* online course


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 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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