• On-Campus Component
  • Cost
    $557.55/credit (resident); nonresident credit varies
  • Total Credits
  • Credential
    Undergraduate Certificate
  • Admission GPA
  • Application Deadlines
    Fall semester: July 15; Spring semester: November 15; Summer term: April 15
  • Campus
    Twin Cities
  • College
    College of Continuing and Professional Studies

The Certificate in Applied Business gives you the flexibility to choose from four focus areas to fit into your career plans. Take courses that interest you without a multiyear commitment. All the certificates, except Managing in Health Systems Organizations, can be completed fully online.

Focus Areas

Applied Business Essentials

This online certificate is designed to provide the most general array of essential business skills, with options including both soft skills such as communication and leadership, and technical skills such as finance and project management.

Managing for Sustainability, Innovation, and Quality

In this online certificate, you will learn:

  • how managers stimulate innovation
  • why companies invest in sustainable technology
  • how profits relate to improved quality
  • how “lean can be green” in both the environmental and fiscal senses

Managing in Health Systems Organizations

This certificate is about management in, rather than management of, health care organizations. Become a more effective professional by understanding the dynamics and processes of the field, how they’re related to each other, and how to adapt to them. Two of the required courses are held in the classroom.

A Self-Designed Focus

Expand your knowledge of finance, management, or marketing with a credential that can complement your education and jump-start your business goals. Your curriculum can be as broad or as focused as you need, and it may be completed online if only online courses are chosen.


Minimum requirements include:

  • 60 transferable semester credits completed
  • a preferred performance level of a 2.5 GPA or better in your undergraduate- or graduate-level work; if you do not have a cumulative 2.5 GPA but have relevant professional experience, contact an advisor

Transferring Credits

With approval, up to 6 credits of transfer coursework may be used to satisfy requirements for this certificate.

Talk to an advisor if you're interested in transferring certificate courses toward an undergraduate degree.