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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.

Business Management Certificate
A comprehensive part-time program designed for early to mid-career professionals. Learn key business principles and leadership skills for advancing your career.

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

UW Professional & Continuing Education

UW Professional & Continuing Education offers a number of business-related certificates and stand-alone courses which are approved by the Foster School of Business. Their business-related certificate programs include:


Business Minor
Open to all non-business undergraduate students, the Foster School’s Business Minor offers students the opportunity to build a diverse set of career and life skills. Students completing the Business Minor will learn from excellent Foster faculty members in courses related to financial literacy, accounting, management, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, and information systems. Coursework for the Business Minor will be delivered largely online with in-person events periodically.

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.