Business Fundamentals Certificate

Set yourself apart in the job market by developing a core set of business skills that will enable you to transition into a managerial role and assume greater responsibility for your organization's success.  

Program Overview

Fast track your career growth and earning potential by enrolling in our 12-credit business fundamentals certificate program.  

Designed for technical professionals, clinicians, and individuals with non-business degrees, this certificate focuses on developing a core set ot business skills needed to operate and manage any enterprise. Through four fundamental business courses—offered both 100% online and in-person at our Main Campus—you'll develop competencies in marketing, accounting, managerial decision-making, strategic finance, and the design and management of business processes.

In less than a year, you'll be prepared to move up the career ladder into a managerial role with greater responsibility for your organization's success. And you'll be able to roll credits earned from the certificate into our flexible MBA program should you choose to pursue a master's degree.   

It's our way of empowering you to achieve your career goals today and well into the future.

Program Options

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Complete the certificate in business fundamentals and transition into the MBA program. All coursework from the certificate will transfer into the master's program.

Admissions Information

Your application to our certificate in investment management consists of two parts: a complete online application and the $35 application fee.

For admission consideration, we require you to have an undergraduate degree with minimum GPA of 2.7.

We use a rolling admission format, meaning you can apply when it's convenient for you. We do recommend that you apply multiple weeks prior to the semester you'd like to begin the program; this will give us enough time to process your application.

You can start during any semester: fall (late August), spring (mid-January), or summer (mid-May).

Program Highlights

Prepare for greater leadership as you develop the business skills that are essential to the success of any enterprise—raising the level of efficiency, productivity, and performance of your organization.

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Fuel Your Career Growth

Demand is expected to grow for employees with business and management skills. Our curriculum covers the most prominent skills that will enable you to secure a managerial position and deliver results for your organization. You'll graduate prepared to:

  • Establish profitable sales and marketing channels
  • Build excellent customer relations and service standards
  • Create a sound financial base and implement a prudent financial policy
  • Develop plans and processes to maintain high product quality and desirable performance outcomes
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Take Advantage of Flexible Options

You don't need to put your career on hold while you earn your graduate degree. Here, flexible program options allow you to achieve your goals in a way that works best for you. 

  • Complete the certificate program entirely in person, 100% online, or seamlessly transition between delivery formats.
  • Finish fast by enrolling in our full-time program, or opt for a more relaxed timeline by studying part-time. 
  • Start with the 12-credit certificate program and then roll credits earned into our flexible MBA program to pursue an advanced degree. 
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Build a Network of Industry Insiders

Your education will stretch beyond the classroom as you build relationships with accomplished guest speakers, driven classmates, and industry-shaping faculty. By rubbing shoulders with these industry insiders, you'll graduate with a network that will follow you long after graduation.

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Your path to a rewarding, successful career begins with our business fundamentals certificate.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Wawa
  • FedEx
  • Citigroup
  • Amazon
  • Bristol-Meyers
  • Oracle

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Operations Manager
  • VP of Operations
  • General Manager
  • Supervisor

Industry Growth

Employment in business and financial operations occupations is expected to grow by 5% from 2019 and 2029. 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the online application system. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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