Certificate in Business
The Certificate in Business provides the information, skills, and resources needed to function effectively in a business setting. The course work addresses core competencies including accounting, marketing, and management, as well as in-demand skills such as budgeting, business analysis, business process, and procurement.
The Certificate in Business is a strong complement to any undergraduate degree program in University College, emphasizing the applied value of a liberal arts education. The Certificate in Business may also be pursued on a stand-alone basis for individuals seeking professional development.
Online or In-Classroom Formats Available
Students are able to complete this certificate online, however, course availability may vary depending on the semester. Learn more about our online learning options.
Undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered by University College are offered through Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Business-related programs in University College are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:
- individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
- career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
- a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.
Schedule an Appointment
We have suspended in-person advising appointments temporarily according to the university’s response to COVID-19. Students should not come to campus, but advisors are still available to help you by email, phone or Zoom.
Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
required course work
- Financial and Managerial Accounting (U44 263)
- Marketing Concepts (U44 270)
- Principles of Management (U44 339)
- Business Finance (U44 342)
- Introduction to Supply Chain Management (U44 303)
Take a course today. Apply later.
At University College, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know University College, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.
Non-degree students and students already admitted to a Bachelor of Science degree program in University College may apply for admission to the Certificate in Business program. There are no formal requirements for admission to undergraduate certificates. Students should speak with an academic advisor regarding their preparation for specific certificates or courses.
University College cannot sponsor an I-20 for any certificate program. International students are eligible to apply for a certificate program if they already hold a visa that permits part-time study. International students holding a B-2 or F-2 visa are only permitted to register for courses that are recreational or avocational.
University College is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: https://admissions.wustl.edu/.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
- SUMMER 2020: APRIL 15, 2020
- FALL 2020: JULY 15, 2020
- SPRING 2021: DEC. 15, 2020
The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed.