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Want to get down to business?

This certificate will give you a foundation in business and focus in accounting, finance, marketing, management, and hospitality & tourism management. Excel in any field by advancing your business prowess with just five online classes.

This certificate will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to create and manage budgets, identify business opportunities and effectively market to them, understand financial decisions, and learn about effective management philosophies and practices. 

Our knowledgeable faculty—the same faculty who teach on campus—will guide you through the business world by teaching you the four pillars of business: accounting, finance, marketing and management. Our faculty are always eager to help students achieve their objectives.

A foundation in business can benefit any student—whether you’re interested in business and want to learn more about it, you’re looking to gain a business perspective to apply to your current profession, or you want to diversify your non-business degree with a complementary certificate.

All of the certificate courses must be taken through UMass Amherst. Successful applicants will have completed 24 credits of college level coursework or have two years relevant work experience.


Earn your certificate in five courses. Students generally complete their coursework in one year. Track your progress with our downloadable certificate checklist.

Select three core courses from the list below:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Introduction to Accounting l
  • Introduction to Business Information Systems
  • Introduction to Operations Management
  • Principles of Management

For your elective, chose from many Isenberg School of Management online courses. Select from Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations & Information Management, or School of Management to satisfy your elective.

Track your progress and review course requirements with the certificate course checklist below.

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Certificate Application

Certificate Application

Please fill out the form below and an Isenberg advisor will contact you soon. Successful applicants will have completed 24 credits of college level course work or have at least 2 years relevant work experience.

Application for Certificate ProgramsApplication Form


Class fees for UWW session classes are charged per credit. Per credit fees vary based on course and program. Exact costs can be found in the Restrictions/Notes section on the class in Spire.

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Program Information Specialist, Undergraduate Online
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