Certificates and Minors

Strengthen your business skills. Enhance your academic studies. The University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business offers multiple business certificates for UW undergraduate and graduate students, plus managers and executives interested in continuing education.



Certificate of International Studies in Business
Gain international business experience via foreign language study, internships and studying abroad. Open to Foster undergrads.

Professional Sales Certificate
Combine sales fundamentals (presenting, customer relations, selling) with management skills (ethics, budgeting, motivation). Open to all UW undergrads.

Graduate Students

Entrepreneurship Certificate
Entrepreneurial ambition welcome. Study new enterprise creation, venture capital, technology commercialization, law and other start-up business topics. Open to Foster MBA students and UW graduate students.

Global Business Certificate
Focus on global business practices. Prepare to succeed in today’s interconnected business environment. Open to Foster MBA students.

Executive Education

Executive Development Program
Explore each facet of business from a top-level perspective. Become a more effective leader and problem-solver. 9-month program. Open to managers.

Executive Seminars
Strengthen your leadership skills with brief, topic-focused seminars designed for practical professional development. Open to senior managers and executives.

Visiting Executive Program
Designed for international professionals (non-US citizens) who desire an individualized business management experience; English language study optional.

UW Professional & Continuing Education

Business Essentials Summer Certificate
Get a thorough grounding in the fundamental aspects of business: marketing, management, accounting and finance. Open to all students. Course credit cannot be applied towards a UW business degree.

Certificate in Business Administration
Enhance your business management abilities and fine-tune your leadership skills. Open to professionals and graduate students in non-business fields. Graduate students earn 15 credits.

In addition to the certificates listed above, UW Professional & Continuing Education offers a number of business-related certificates which are approved by the Foster School of Business. Examples of other business-related certificates include accounting, business development, marketing management, and project management.


Entrepreneurship Minor
This 31-credit competitive minor offers students the opportunity to leverage their unique talents, as well as their new-found business knowledge, to achieve their start-up goals. Open to all non-business undergraduates.