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Enhance your UW–Madison degree with the Certificate in Business

Broaden your knowledge and job opportunities

Whether you’re earning your bachelor's degree at UW-Madison in engineering, economics, retail and consumer behavior, or any other discipline, the Certificate in Business will expand your knowledge base with a foundational understanding of business you can apply to your specific field of study or for employment in a variety of areas. There are two ways to earn a Certificate in Business:

Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals
Open enrollment, declaration required. 4 courses, 12 credits

Certificate in Business
Selective admission process, application required. 6 courses, 18 credits

Advisors in the Wisconsin School of Business can help you explore how the Certificate in Business will complement your career goals. UW-Madison graduates who earned a Certificate in Business have found employment in

  • Merchandise analytics and buying
  • Finance and investment management
  • Business analytics
  • E-commerce and search analysis
  • Marketing and sales management
  • Business development
  • Systems integration
  • Retail management

Graduates have also pursued careers in education, health care, and the non-profit sector. Others attended graduate school to pursue careers in law, public policy, and medicine.

Upon successful completion of all certificate requirements prior to or concurrently with degree requirements, “Awarded Certificate in Business” or “Awarded Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals” will be notated on your official transcripts.

Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals

Program Overview

This 12-credit certificate is designed to be completed over multiple summer terms with in-person and online course options.

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How to Declare

Complete the Summer Certificate in Business declaration form.

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Certificate in Business

How to Apply

Applications to the Certificate in Business program are accepted each Fall.

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Program Overview

You’re just six classes away from a Certificate in Business.

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We are available to discuss the two certificate options with you to determine if the Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals or the Certificate in Business best meets your academic and career goals.

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