Business Administration, Graduate Certificate

Northeastern University’s Graduate Certificates in Business Administration can help you quickly gain specialized knowledge and a professional credential to advance your career. The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business is designed to help you learn the skills you need to excel today, while earning credits to drive you toward tomorrow’s goals.

Your program will consist of four to six essential business courses. You may accelerate the curriculum and complete in as little as eight months, or spread out and take up to three years to complete. You may choose to focus on one area of specialty or gain fundamental business knowledge around financial reporting and managerial decision making, managing people and organizations, information analysis, and managing information resources.

You can gain this specialized knowledge in four ways:

Have you considered pursuing your MBA, but a full-time commitment isn’t the right fit for your life? Do you want to gain experience in graduate-level classes before committing to a full degree? Our Part-Time MBA Path has been designed for you. This program offers six foundational classes (15 credits) from the D’Amore-McKim MBA curriculum to prepare you now for emerging opportunities in your field.

Once you have completed your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration through the Part-Time MBA Path and you have applied and been accepted to our part-time MBA, then the credits you’ve earned during your certificate program will apply. Not only that, but your performance in the courses can make you eligible to waive the GMAT requirement.

Do you need specialized knowledge in a particular area of business? Building your own Graduate Certificate in Business Administration gives you the power to create the business curriculum you need. Custom select any five courses (15 credits) from our MBA program—just the courses you need to propel you toward your career goals and personal aspirations.

Are you ready to study in the United States.? This full-time, eight-month program is tailored to meet the needs of international students. You'll complete this rigorous course work as part of a small, intimate cohort. The International Student Cohort is designed to help you build your knowledge of essential business practices like financial decision making, innovation, and management. You will have the opportunity to gain relevant, in-demand skills that will help you to tackle today’s business challenges.

Where do you want to be four months from now? With our Accelerated Four-Month Curriculum, you can learn meaningful business skills in just one semester. Open to both U.S. and international students, this option is perfect for professionals with the ability to dedicate four months to an intensive, condensed educational experience. If you are an international student returning to your home country after your semester at D’Amore-McKim, you may be able to transfer credits back to your home program. 

Through successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, you will earn credits that may be applied to eligible master’s programs, both within D’Amore-McKim School of Business or in the College of Professional Studies. Upon acceptance to one of the eligible degree programs, you may be able to apply the credits you have already earned toward the completion of your degree.

Learn more about this program on the D’Amore-McKim website.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


Complete one of the following three tracks. Note: The part-time MBA track and the international student track require an additional 3 semester hours.

Part-Time MBA Track

ACCT 6200Financial Reporting and Managerial Decision Making 13
ACCT 6201Financial Reporting and Managerial Decision Making 21.5
FINA 6200Value Creation through Financial Decision Making3
HRMG 6200Managing People and Organizations3
MGSC 6200Information Analysis3
MGSC 6204Managing Information Resources1.5

International Student Track

ACCT 6200Financial Reporting and Managerial Decision Making 13
ENTR 6200Enterprise Growth and Innovation3
HRMG 6200Managing People and Organizations3
INTB 6200Managing the Global Enterprise3
MKTG 6200Creating and Sustaining Customer Markets3

Build Your Own Track

Customize your schedule by taking any 12 credits within the part-time MBA program assuming you meet prerequisites per course.

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required