Business Administration Certificate

The graduate certificates in business are designed to allow working professionals to develop expertise and acquire a credential beyond their undergraduate degree. The certificate program allows students to:

  • Specialize in new areas of business
  • Update older information or degree
  • Acquire added skills and credentials to increase their career opportunities

The program allows a student, with guidance of a graduate programs coordinator, to choose a customized program of five to six graduate business classes from the graduate courses offered through the Albers School of Business and Economics. Certificates are awarded in the following areas of specialization: accounting, finance, sustainability, marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship, business analytics, global business, internal audit, quantitative economic analysis, business administration, leadership formation and healthcare management. Course work for the certificate may be applied to other advanced graduate degrees if enrolled in those degree programs prior to completion of the certificate program.

Upon completion of the requirements for the Certificate in Business Administration, students will have posted to their transcripts the entry, Certificate of Business Administration and be issued a certificate.

Detailed admission requirements are listed below. Seattle University graduate students may also be eligible for the certificate programs. For more information, contact Jeff Millard at (206) 296-5708.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence for managerial decision-making
  • Recognize and address moral and ethical challenges, and defend a course of action
  • Understand, integrate, and apply relevant knowledge and skills in a global context
  • Display competence in communications
  • Establish and maintain constructive working relationships
  • Develop self-awareness and professional purpose

Admissions and Certificate Requirements from Seattle University's 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  2. A minimum of 2 years full-time work experience
  3. A competency in statistics, financial accounting, and managerial accounting
  4. Official scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE)

II. Required Courses

Eight required courses (25 credits) Credits
BETH 5120: Business Ethics and Social Responsibility 3
MBA 5005: Accounting for Business 3
MBA 5006: Finance for Business 3
MBA 5007: Economics for Business 3
MBA 5009: Operations and Supply Chain Management 3
MBA 5011: Teams, Leadership and Decision-Making 4
MBA 5012: Law and Technology 3
MBA 5013: Marketing Management 3

Requirement for certificate: 25 credits

Next Steps

  • Current students should speak to their adviser about adding a certificate.
  • New students need to apply for the certificate program as a regular student via our Application page.
    • Once you are accepted you may start the next available term.
    • After being accepted you must attend an advising orientation.
  • Length of program depends on when classes are being offered and how many you wish to take per term. Not all classes are offered every year/quarter. Speak to your adviser to get the most up-to-date schedule for the academic year.
  • Costs are outlined on our Tuition and Fees page.

For more information, contact