Build essential or advanced skills in marketing, finance, and management.

Established at Columbia University in 1996, the non-degree Advanced Graduate Certificate in Business and Custom Business Program are ideal for individuals seeking a foundation in business fundamentals, such as those who plan to pursue an MBA and professionals who want to enhance their knowledge in a specific area of business.

Choose From Among 20 Courses

Based on your personal interest and professional experience, and working closely with your academic advisor, you can choose from among more than 20 graduate-level courses taught by University faculty who are seasoned practitioners in their fields. Course subjects include:

  • marketing
  • finance
  • management
  • accounting
  • communications
  • risk management
  • mediation
  • negotiation
  • decision models
  • knowledge management


A Program that Fits Your Schedule

Available online and on campus, courses are scheduled for evenings during the fall, spring, and summer terms. You can complete the program at the pace you’re most comfortable with, whether part-time or full-time.

“Columbia’s Advanced Business Certificate significantly helped me to build self-confidence and boost my profile as I was transitioning from a management role to a leadership role.”Sandeep Anand
Director, Barclays Capital

Attending classes on Columbia’s campus in New York City, you will interact with faculty and fellow students, gain access to world-class libraries and other resources, and have the opportunity to attend events and participate in student activities. Throughout the year, on-campus courses meet at 6:10 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time).

Online, you will interact with faculty and classmates through a social learning platform that incorporates weekly live discussion groups, independent and collaborative coursework, and forums. Courses meet at 8:30 p.m. EST online. (International students studying on campus may enroll in one online class each semester.)

More program options in business


Business Edge

Undergraduates or recent graduates who majored in liberal arts and want a world-class business education to advance their career should consider Business Edge, an intensive six-week summer program.

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Business Plus

This offering provides oral, writing, and presentations skills alongside a course in science, math, or business. You will improve your ability to communicate more clearly and confidently in professional contexts while gaining knowledge in a quantitative subject area.

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Business Practice

This intensive summer offering for rising juniors and seniors in college combines an internship at a New York City firm with coursework grounded in marketing, management, finance, or security analysis taught by Columbia faculty.

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