University of Delaware

Professional & Continuing Studies

Certificate of Business Essentials


A Career-boosting Business Credential

  • Become familiar with the fundamentals of business
  • Earn a credential to advance your career
  • Build a valuable toolbox of business skills
  • Combine online and on-campus courses to complete, or all on-campus
  • Earn University of Delaware college credits

The Importance of Business Skills

In almost every field or career, successful professionals are expected to know the fundamentals of accounting, finance, economics, and management. Being a highly effective employee requires conversance in the basic disciplines of business. Increasingly, employers expect their hires to hit the ground running, and this means a knowledge of economic concepts, familiarity with the vocabulary and standard procedures of business transactions, and financial and budgeting savvy. If you are studying a field other than business or are returning to school, you may be missing the fundamental knowledge you need to get the job you want or move ahead in your chosen field.

Who should consider the Certificate of Business Essentials?

  • UD students with majors outside the Lerner College of Business and Economics who would like to earn a business-related certificate to complement their bachelor’s degree
  • Returning adult students or working professionals who have earned a degree (or taken coursework) in a non-business field who are interested in building their credentials

Hybrid Online/On-campus Program

You can complete the Certificate of Business Essentials through a combination of online and in-classroom courses, or all on the Newark campus. Online study offers a solution for students who wish to continue their education but whose schedule, geographic location, or personal responsibilities make attending classes the “traditional way” difficult. At least one course in the certificate will be scheduled each semester, including summer and winter sessions. In-classroom sections will be held on the University’s Newark campus.

The Certificate of Business Essentials provides a solid foundation in four specific areas of business knowledge—accounting, finance, economics, and management—and exposes professionals from various fields to the primary principles and vocabulary of business.

To earn the certificate, participants must successfully complete four required courses with a grade of C- or better. Courses are available on the Newark campus and via distance learning through UD Online. Students may take all courses on campus, or they may take some as on-campus courses, and some online.

Click here to search for upcoming offerings of these courses.

  • ECON 100 Economic Issues and Policies
    Takes a non-technical approach to basic economics. Applies economics concepts to contemporary issues, problems, and policies. Covers topics in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. This requirement may also be met by taking both ECON 101 and ECON 103.
  • ACCT 200 Survey of Accounting
    Introduction to financial accounting. Topics include the accounting cycle, merchandise accounting, accounting procedures for cash, receivables, payables, inventories, plant and equipment, stocks and bonds.This requirement may also be met by taking both ACCT 207 and ACCT 208.
  • BUAD 100 Introduction to Business
    Intensive survey of the core business disciplines. An introduction to marketing, management, operations management, international business and business ethics will be included. This requirement may also be met by taking all three of the following courses: BUAD 301, BUAD 306, BUAD 309.
  • FINC 200 Fundamentals of Finance (OFFERED IN-CLASSROOM ONLY)
    Provides an overview of the role of finance within a business organization. Topics include financial statement analysis, time value of money, capital budgeting, valuation, and the cost of capital. This requirement may also be met by taking FINC 311.

Requirements for enrollment

Applicants to the program must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and sophomore standing (completion of at least 28 credits). Current University of Delaware students whose major is within the Lerner College of Business and Economics are not eligible.

Application deadline

Applications to the certificate program are reviewed twice a year and are due no later than October 15 and March 15. Click here to get the application form:

Current UD students

Matriculated UD students may apply during the semester in which they will complete 28 credits and achieve sophomore status, and should meet with their advisors prior to applying to determine how these credits will be allocated toward their degree program. Current University of Delaware students whose major is within the Lerner College of Business and Economics are not eligible.

All other applicants

Applicants who are not current University of Delaware students should also include transcripts of coursework completed at other accredited colleges and universities.

Certificate completion

The Certificate of Business Essentials will be awarded to students who have successfully completed the courses outlined, have a grade of C- or better in each course, and have submitted a Request for Certificate form. Students must submit the Request for Certificate during the semester in which they plan to graduate.

Tuition

Tuition for all courses in the certificate is charged at published University of Delaware undergraduate credit tuition rates.

Registering for courses

Students must register individually for each of the certificate program’s required courses. Click here for registration procedures.

Financial assistance

Limited financial assistance may be available to Continuing Education (non-matriculated) students accepted into this program. Contact the ACCESS Center for further information at 302-831-7600 or access-advise@udel.edu, specifically mentioning the Certificate of Business Essentials.

Schedule and location

You can complete the Certificate of Business Essentials through a combination of online and on-campus courses! At least one course in the certificate will be scheduled each semester, including summer and winter sessions. In-classroom sections will be held on the University’s Newark campus.

  • ECON 100 Economic Issues and Policies
  • ACCT 200 Survey of Accounting
  • BUAD 100 Introduction to Business
  • FINC 200 Fundamentals of Finance (offered in-classroom only)
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About UD Online distance learning

Online study offers a solution for students who wish to continue their education but whose schedule, geographic location, or personal responsibilities make attending classes the “traditional way” difficult. Students may combine online and in-classroom courses to meet the certificate requirements. Online study means the class is accessible to you whenever and wherever needed—at home, in the workplace, even while traveling. Internet and communications technology allows real-time communication between faculty and students via e-mail and chat rooms. Countless study resources and online library materials can be available 24 hours a day. Click here for more details about distance learning.

Grading policy

Certificate classes will be graded using the University’s A-F grading system. To earn the certificate, courses require a final grade of C- or better.

Textbooks

Required texts are available through the University’s bookstore, either at the Newark location or online. Click here for more details about obtaining textbooks.

Faculty

All courses are taught by University of Delaware faculty.

Time to complete

The Certificate of Business Essentials can be completed in one year.