Graduate Certificate in Business Essentials

Designed for those with little or no previous formal business education, this program grounds students in basic business concepts, including operations management, marketing, and data analytics.

The Princeton Review: Best Business Schools, 2022The Graduate Certificate in Business Essentials gets you up to speed in the fundamentals of business quickly and efficiently. It covers operations management concepts, techniques, and tools; and will strengthen your understanding of creating, capturing, and sustaining value through marketing techniques and strategy. Electives focus on the use of data analytics to influence and inform business decisions.

This certificate program is designed to be completed part-time in one semester on campus or two semesters online. You can continue to build on your business knowledge by stacking the Graduate Certificate in Business Essentials with our Graduate Certificates in Finance, Teams & Innovation, or Global Strategy & Leadership. If you apply to the MBA degree program or another graduate business degree program, you may be able to apply the courses in this certificate program to reduce the time it will take to complete your master’s degree.

Courses are taught by leading faculty members at the Sawyer Business School, which is ranked among the best in the world.

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Admission & Costs

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: August 15, then rolling
  • Spring Semester: January 4, then rolling
  • Summer Semester: April 2, then rolling

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Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee (waived for students who attend a graduate admission event)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts of all post-secondary work. Admitted students enrolling in the program will need to have official transcripts, including proof of degree conferral, on file prior to their first class
  • Goal statement (essay)

Graduate Certificate in Business Essentials

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Financial Assistance Information

Federal student loan aid may be available for this program--see Federal Student Aid for details and use Suffolk's code: 002218. Suffolk University also offers several options to help you finance your graduate studies. Learn about the discounts that may be available to you.

Visit Student Financial Services to view graduate loan and financing options.

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