Certificate in Business Administration

UW Professional & Continuing Education

UW Professional & Continuing Education


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Who should attend

Professionals who want to broaden and deepen their knowledge of business fundamentals.

About the course

Build a Solid Foundation to Succeed in Business

There are many different ingredients in the recipe for business success. In this certificate program, you’ll get a thorough grounding in the important aspects of business management and fine-tune your leadership skills.

We’ll explore the key elements common to all businesses including accounting, finance, legal, human resources, marketing, planning and project management. You’ll gain insight on how to increase productivity, craft strategy and develop and implement effective business plans. Whether you’re looking to advance in your current organization, move into a different role or start your own business, you’ll gain the training needed to reach your goals.

What you'll Learn

  • Essential financial concepts, including how to analyze financial statements, understand security valuation and evaluate market structure
  • Techniques for identifying and addressing marketing challenges and opportunities
  • Evidence-based approaches for managing individuals and teams to increase organizational effectiveness
  • How to conduct a strategic business analysis and determine long-range goals
  • Methods for creating and growing new business ventures

Get hands-on Experience

You’ll develop a business plan for a startup company or an established organization.

Learning Formats

Online, group-paced

Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings.


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum.


Leta Beard

Education MBA University of Washington (1980) BA University of Washington (1978) Academic Expertise global business international marketing marketing management marketing strategy sales Industries Retail & Wholesale Telecommunications Positions Held At University of Washington since 19...

Suresh Kotha

Suresh is a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington where he holds the Olesen/Battelle Endowed Excellence Chair in Entrepreneurship. He joined the Foster Business School in 1996 and teaches courses in competitve strategy and entrepren...

Diane Legg

Education MBA Seattle University BBA College of William & Mary Academic Expertise entrepreneurship financial accounting financial economics venture capital Positions Held Ballantrae, LLC – Principal Synapse Product Development – CFO Screenlife Games, LLC – CFO Bag Borrow or Steal – CFO...

Wendy Baesler

Baesler received a B.A. (summa cum laude) and a M.A. in accounting from Brigham Young University in 1990 and has taken additional Ph.D. studies in accounting at Foster Business School. She is a lecturer in accounting in the Foster Business School She also is a clinical assistant professor, Health...

Chelley Patterson

Chelley Patterson has 25-plus years of experience working with domestic, global, private and nonprofit organizations focusing on leadership development, innovative team performance, change management and strategic planning. She was a member of the collaborative research team that designed and con...

Kapil Sharma

Kapil Sharma is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and adviser to leading Pacific Northwest companies. He is currently the managing director at Zachary Scott & Co. in Seattle, where he leads acquisition advisory and strategic consulting engagements. As managing director, he leads industry...

Patricia Bravo

Patricia Bravo is a consultant, speaker and author who advises clients on effective leadership. With an emphasis on empathetic leadership, she draws on more than 20 years of experience in talent management to accelerate client capability through her company Bravo For You. She teaches undergraduat...

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