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Advanced Graduate Certificate in Business

In-Depth Business Study at a Pace That's Right for You, No Matter Your Goals.

Looking to qualify for a top graduate program? Or, as a business professional, are there disciplines and skill sets that would enhance your resume — or enable you to change careers? The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Business can bring these plans to life. You’ll acquire the insights and practices that enable you to make an impact no matter your career path.

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20 Courses available. Marketing, finance, and management — customize by your interest
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2 Semesters to complete full-time, or 3 years part-time
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300,000 In the Global Network you join as a Columbia Grad

Four foundational business courses — plus four more of your choosing

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Business program provides a rigorous grounding in business fundamentals. In addition, you will take advanced specialty courses. The curriculum includes:

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managing Human Behavior in the Organization
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Options and Futures
  • Security Analysis

If you previously completed some of the required courses at another university, you can customize your program by substituting two courses selected by working with your advisor.

Complete coursework at a pace that’s right for you

You can set up your study time to accommodate your schedule. Courses are offered in the evenings and they are available online and on-campus, during the summer, spring and fall semesters. You can work at the speed most convenient for you, full or part-time. You have the option to complete the program’s 24 points in two semesters or over three years.

Upon completion, you will receive an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Business and may request an official transcript detailing your advanced course of study and your grades. Your certificate qualifies you for Columbia University Alumni benefits. International students may be eligible for F1 Optional Training (OPT).

Requirements for Completion of Advanced Graduate Certificate in Business

Students are required to maintain a cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B). Every course creditable toward the certificate must be taken for a letter grade. Courses with a grade below a C will not count toward completion of the certificate.

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Program Required Experience Course Format Time Commitment
Advanced Graduate Certificate in Business

For Bachelor’s degree holders or business professionals.

On-campus or online,  full-time or part-time, during fall, spring and summer terms.

Option to complete the 24 credits in two semesters of full-time study or 3 years of part-time study.

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Learn more about the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Business program at Columbia University School of Professional Studies or contact the program advisor.

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As admissions to our program are highly competitive, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Learn more about the application process, deadlines, and requirements.

* International students are responsible for ensuring they have read and understand the University’s student visa application eligibility and requirements. Please note that it is not permissible to enroll while in B-1/B-2 status. In addition, if studying on a student visa, you must enroll in the full-time option (12 credits per term), if available, and study on campus.

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This program is designed to be completed in 32 weeks.

This program will cost $54,657 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

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