The Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals provides basic business education to students majoring outside of the Wisconsin School of Business. The 12-credit certificate is designed to be completed over multiple summer terms with in-person and online course options, making it a flexible option if you are seeking fundamental business knowledge.

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

Looking for the 18-credit competitive certificate option? Check out our other undergraduate certificate option: Certificate in Business.

Program Overview





The Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals consists of four courses— 1 required course and 3 elective courses— for a total of 12 credits. See the Undergraduate Guide for all requirements and exclusions.

1 required course:

+ 3 business electives
Choose from Finance, Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, and Risk Management


The Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals is an open enrollment program, meaning you can enroll at any time.

It is not open to students declared in a major in the School of Business. To declare, you must have completed 12 credits in residence at UW—Madison and have earned a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Student studying
View of Grainger Hall in the summer


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

Certificate in Business

For undergraduate students, the School of Business also offers the Certificate in Business, an 18-credit certificate with a competitive application.