Applied Business Certificate

Northrop pillars
Primarily Online
$502.25/credit (resident); nonresident credit varies
Total Credits
Undergrad Certificate
Admission GPA
Application Deadlines
Fall semester: July 15; Spring semester: November 15; Summer term: April 15
Twin Cities
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.


Managing the Professional Practice

This track is ideal for practitioners in professions where:

  • the private or franchise practice remains a common model.
  • intense specialized training leaves little room for developing business skills.
  • a formal business credential is considered an asset by employers and lenders.

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.

Managing for Sustainability, Innovation, and Quality

In this track, 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

You can take this certificate as either a stand-alone credential or as a complement to a primary course of study. 

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.


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.