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 with a foundational understanding of business that you can apply to your specific field of study and future career.

Upon successful completion of all certificate requirements, “Awarded Certificate in Business” will be notated on your official transcripts.

Looking for a summer or online option? Check out our other undergraduate certificate option: Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals.

Applications are accepted from the 1st Friday of classes through the 4th Friday of classes of the Fall semester.

Program Overview





The Certificate in Business is an 18-credit, competitive application program. Admitted students will be charged a $150 tuition differential per semester until graduation. The tuition differential provides access to all Wisconsin School of Business resources, including career and academic advisors. See the Undergraduate Guide for all requirements and exclusions.

4 required courses:
Accounting, Finance, Marketing, and Management and Human Resources

+ 2 business electives


Applications are accepted from the 1st Friday of classes through the 4th Friday of classes of the Fall semester.

You are eligible to apply to the Certificate in Business program if you:

  • Are a currently enrolled undergraduate student at UW-Madison
  • Are pursuing a non-business degree
  • Have completed a minimum of 54 degree credits at the time of application (junior standing)
  • Have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. (This GPA does not guarantee admission to the certificate.)
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 GPA credits. (Transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 credits at UW-Madison.)

Admission decisions are based primarily on your cumulative UW-Madison GPA and fit for the program based on your essay. All admission decisions are final and there is no appeal process for denied students.

Essay Requirement

With your application, you will submit an essay (500 word maximum) that fully and reflectively addresses this prompt:

“Please provide a detailed description of how the Certificate in Business will enable you to more completely fulfill your goals, both educational and professional. Be specific regarding how the Certificate in Business will be integrated with your current program, school, and/or major.”

View of Grainger Hall in the summer


If you have questions about the undergraduate certificates, email the Undergraduate Advising Center at wibbaadvising@wsb.wisc.edu or call 608-262-0471.

Summer Certificate

The School of Business also offers the open-enrollment, 12-credit Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals, designed to be completed over multiple summer terms.