Business Essentials Online Certificate Program

The Business Essentials certificate enables students to learn about the basic principles of business in a real-world context. Foundational courses in accounting, economics, finance, and marketing provide students with an understanding of essential business principles and practices. Individuals with a liberal arts background may be especially interested in this program to prepare for a career change or for further study of business.

Learn from a faculty of industry leaders in this fully online certificate to advance your career or apply credit earned to one of five SPS online bachelor's degrees.


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Enhance professional skillset
Advance your career
Apply credits to Northwestern online bachelor’s degree

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Online, asynchronous classes

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Four quarters (one year), one course per quarter

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Begin in any quarter

icon  Number of Credits

Four courses to complete the certificate

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Estimated cost $2,300 per course



About the Business Essentials Certificate Program

Business Essentials Goals and Courses



Admission for the Business Essentials Certificate

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 at the Admission page.

Business Essentials Tuition

Certificate students in the School of Professional Studies pay per course. For more information about tuition and financial obligations, see the Tuition page.

Business Essentials Registration Information

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.

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