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Custom Business Program

Focused, Short-Term Study in Business, at a Pace That is Right for You.

Whether you want to prepare for a master’s or you are a professional who seeks to acquire new skills, we invite you to immerse yourself in this dynamic program. Coursework is geared toward the way business is heading and prepares you to influence next-generation thinking. You will acquire a rigorous foundation and the opportunity to customize your course plan to your goals. The program will challenge you and open the door to new opportunities.

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4 Foundational courses, with the option to customize
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1 Semester to complete full-time, 2 years part-time
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50+ Faculty who are leaders in their respective fields

Custom Business Program

  • Ideal for bachelor degree holders, advanced undergraduates, and business professionals
  • Flexible: complete the required 12 credits full-time in one semester or part-time over two years

Acquire an essential foundation — with the option to customize

The Custom Business Program offers you a solid grounding in business skills that will help you progress in your career. At its core are four foundational courses:

  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managing Human Behavior in the Organization

Working one-on-one with your advisor, you can tailor your certificate by substituting two business-related courses from the program’s multidisciplinary curriculum.

Complete coursework at a pace that’s right for you

You can set up your course plan to accommodate your schedule. Courses meet in the evenings and are available online and on-campus, during the summer, spring and fall semesters. You can work at a pace most convenient for you, full or part-time. You have the option to complete the program’s 12 credits in one semester full-time or two years part-time. Upon fulfillment of all program requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion and may request an official transcript indicating your grades.

Requirements for completion of Custom Business Program

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

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Program Required Experience Course Format Time Commitment
Custom Business Program

For Bachelor’s degree holders, advanced undergrads or Business professionals

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

Option to complete the 12 credits in one semester of full-time study or over 2 years of part-time study

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Learn more about the Custom Business Program 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.

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* 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.