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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business

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100% Online Certificate in Business

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6 Months to your Certificate in Business

Finish your business certificate in just 4 courses.

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business

Develop your own business niche with the 100% online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business at National University. Through NU’s business certificate, you’ll further expand your business knowledge and skills, so you’re prepared to move your career forward. 

You can tailor your NU online business certificate to fit your career goals with one of these areas of focus: Entrepreneurship, General Business, Management of Virtual Organizations, and Project Management.

Make Your Own Way in the Business World

NU’s online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business is a quick and easy way to add to your business credentials. With this certificate, you’ll refine your existing knowledge while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

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Course Details

  • Credit Hours: 12
  • Courses: 4
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 6 months

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business can be completed in 12 credits. Each course runs 8 weeks, and you’ll receive 3 semester credits per course.

Course Sequence

Course sequence is dependent upon which business certificate you choose to pursue. View the Areas of Focus section for specific courses.


This Post-Baccalaureate Certificate takes students beyond the classroom, allowing them to build and test their entrepreneurial ideas in real-world settings. The entrepreneurship courses will integrate all business disciplines, including marketing, finance, operations, and strategy. The courses are designed to help students develop skills in building businesses, investing in businesses, raising capital, and evaluating business opportunities. Specifically, the students will focus on analysis, decision-making and business planning. Students will benefit from the latest business trends and techniques in recent entrepreneurship literature and experienced faculty feedback.  

Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks.

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The General Business Post-Baccalaureate Certificate allows students to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in General Business. Students must take at least two business courses from any of the business focused courses offered in the MBA program and may take an additional course from a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate offered in other fields (Psychology, Technology and/or Education) to fulfill their General Business certificate requirement.

Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks. 

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This post-baccalaureate certificate focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills to support the management of virtual organizations. Students focus on a wide range of topics relevant to the manager overseeing virtual organizations. From theory to tactics, experienced professionals and entry-level candidates will build expertise in such diverse areas as virtual leadership, building trust in virtual teams, and legal and other implications that may arise in virtual organizations.

Courses – 9 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks. 

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This Post-Baccalaureate Certificate explores principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Project Management is one of the fastest growing professional disciplines. Students examine all aspects of company projects including cost estimates, budget management, cost control, risk assessment, bid negotiation and contracts, and performance reporting critical to the success of any organization. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate provides curriculum for students aspiring to take on project management responsibilities. This Post-Baccalaureate Certificate focuses on risk management, procurement, and project monitoring and control.

Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks. 

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As workplaces, organizations, marketplaces, and societies become increasingly diverse, a new style and practice of leadership is required to unify, energize, and empower employees while also addressing structural inequities.

This certificate specialization equips you with the insights, knowledge, and skills to go beyond the role of traditional leader to one who inspires more understanding, advocacy, and results. You’ll learn to identify how power and hierarchy shape relationships and what you can do as a leader to be more self-reflective and mitigate biases. You’ll explore how to become an agent of change by leading an organization while also championing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social and economic justice. Upon completing this program, you’ll be able to make decisions that unify a collaborative global workforce toward creating and growing an effective, efficient organization.

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Certificate Requirements

The University may accept a maximum of 3 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to NU’s Post-Baccalaureate certificate program. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited college or university within the last seven years with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate has the following graduation requirements:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript


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