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Quantitative Essentials for Business

Quantitative Essentials for Business Certificate Program

The Quantitative Essentials for Business post-baccalaureate certificate gives students the basic math skills required for business. Designed for students who have had limited college-level mathematics course work, this certificate builds a basis for future study while developing skills that have immediate relevance in many workplaces. In addition to basic math, the program offers courses in differential calculus, statistics and finance.

This program was formerly titled Math Fundamentals for Business.

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About the Quantitative Essentials for Business Certificate Program

Quantitative Essentials for Business Goals and Courses

Additional Information

Students who have little to no previous math experience may require additional prerequisite course work. Students who have previously taken certain required courses may substitute courses with permission from the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate programs.

Quantitative Essentials for Business Tuition

Post-baccalaureate students at Northwestern's School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about financial obligations and tuition, please visit the Tuition page.

Admission for the Quantitative Essentials for Business Certificate Program

In addition to completing an online application, you'll also need to submit a few supplemental materials. A list of requirements for admission including application deadlines and tips on how to apply can be found on the Admission page.

Quantitative Essentials for Business Registration Information

Whether you're a first-time registrant or current and returning student, all students register using our online student registration and records systems. Important information about registering for courses at SPS, including registration timelines and adding or dropping courses in which you are already enrolled, can be found on the Registration Information page.

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Program Courses:Course Detail
Algebra <> MATH 101-CN

This course is an introduction to signed numbers, equations, exponents, polynomials, factoring, graphing and geometry. Recommended for students who would benefit from reviewing high school algebra. This course does not count for credit if taken after any higher mathematics course. May not be audited.


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Algebra <> MATH 101-DL

This course is designed to provide an overview of core mathematical concepts that permeate business, science and everyday life. The primary focus is on mathematical tools needed in a variety of degree programs. Topics include: functions and graphs, linear, polynomial and rational equations, inequalities and their applications, modeling, variation, and systems of equations. The course does not count for credit if taken after any higher mathematics course. May not be audited.

This course is conducted completely online. A technology fee will be added to tuition. 


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Precalculus Math <> MATH 113-CN

This course covers properties and graphs of the basic functions: polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric. Complex numbers, theory of equations, and selected topics are also included. May not be audited.


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Differential Calculus of One Variable Functions <> MATH 220-CN

This course covers definition of a function; trigonometric, exponential, logarithmic and inverse functions; graphs, limits, continuity; derivative of a function; product, quotient and chain rule; implicit differentiation; linear approximation and differentials; related rates; mean value theorems; curve plotting; optimization problems; Newton's method; and antiderivatives. Prerequisite: three years of high school math, including trigonometry, or MATH 113.


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Introduction to Statistics STAT 202-CN

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of statistics. Throughout the course, students will learn to: summarize data using graphs and tables; explain/calculate descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, correlation, regression, and probability; and explain tests of significance and data-production including sampling and experiments. Basic knowledge of algebra is recommended.


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