Center for Continuing and Professional Education

Business Administration

Program Description

The Certificate in Business Administration program is designed to help professionals develop expertise and competency in the critical functions of business - the "blocking and tackling" that is necessary for professional success in business. The program develops foundational skills in management, marketing, communications, accounting, finance, and strategy. Through the use of case studies, exercises, and projects, the program emphasizes professional development and skill building in planning, forecasting, decision-making, and implementation.

This certificate is an open enrollment program. Participants can choose to enroll in the complete program or to take individual courses. Students who enroll in individual courses can earn the certificate by completing all required courses within two years.

Program Objectives

By the end of the program, program participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the management process, with particular attention to getting work done through people in organizations
  • Identify and learn how to make major marketing decisions to satisfy target customer needs and achieve organizational goals and objectives
  • Effectively communicate in organizations, including written and oral presentation skills
  • Interpret financial statements and compute key financial ratios from data in balance sheets, income statements, cash flow, and other statements that measure activity
  • Make decisions based on the time value of money, investment options, and capitalization
  • Analyze business problems to better formulate strategy, tactics, plans, and policies

Designed For

  • Professional or technical specialists or subject matter experts promoted to management positions
  • New or entry-level managers
  • College graduates interested in the broad theory and practice of business
  • Students pursuing graduate level studies in preparation for graduate program entrance

Career & Industry Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, demand for management analysts is expected to grow 19% (faster than average) through 2022. At the same time, demand for executives is expected to grow 11% (as fast as average) through 2022. Demand is mostly driven by organizations seeking professionals who can improve operational efficiency, manage costs, and grow revenue.

Certificate Requirements

Successful completion of six courses, including five (5) required courses and one (1) elective course, for a total of 10.80 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 108.0 contact hours is required to receive the Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University. All six courses must be completed within a two-year time frame.

Program Faculty

The faculty who teach in the Certificate in Business Administration program consist of faculty at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and practitioners with extensive industry experience from Fortune 100 companies such as Fedex and Deutsche Bank. As a result, students gain a variety of perspectives on contemporary management theory and practice as well as exposure to real-world applications.

Program Registration

This certificate is an open enrollment program. No application is required and registration is available by clicking the course links below. Current students must register with their Georgetown NetID and password. New students must first create an account and password through the Student Portal prior to registration. After your account is created, you will receive a Georgetown NetID via email. When you have your Georgetown NetID and password, continue registration by clicking "Add to Cart" on the course registration page, logging in, and following the steps to complete checkout. Course registration is complete when payment is processed and you receive a confirmation email.

Program Prerequisites

Participants in the certificate program must hold a bachelor's degree or the equivalent. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program. Any requests for exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing to the program director at CCPE.

Program Format & Schedule

Courses meet Friday evenings and Saturdays. Occasionally, courses may meet on weekdays during the day or evening. Generally, all courses are offered each semester, though some courses may be available in the spring or fall semester only. Refer to individual course pages below for schedules.

In addition to weekend and weeknight courses, there is a Summer Intensive Program that students can complete in 2.5 weeks. The Business Administration Summer Intensive program is open enrollment so no application is required.  See below for a detailed schedule.

Program Tuition

Tuition for each course is $895.00. Total program tuition for all six courses in the certificate program is $5,370.00, not including textbooks. Withdrawals and refunds are processed based on the Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

This program also qualifies for Veterans Affairs Benefits for eligible students.

Tuition Payment Considerations

While non-credit professional certificate programs do not qualify for federal financial aid, prospective students should consider the following for tuition payment:

  • Seek employer funding or reimbursement
  • Enroll in our interest-free payment plan
  • Use Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits/ GI Bill
  • Apply for a private education loan
  • Register for individual courses over multiple semesters

Program Materials

Most course materials are included in the cost of tuition, though students may be required to purchase textbooks for specific courses. Please check course syllabi to determine if textbooks must be purchased. Course materials will be distributed in digital format and accessible through Blackboard, Georgetown's learning management system. Students must have a laptop or tablet computer to access course materials.  

International Students

Non-credit professional certificate programs are classified as part-time education programs. As a result, Georgetown University cannot sponsor international students for student visas (F-1) to enroll in certificate programs. However, prospective international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more about travel visas, please see the section on international students under Frequently Asked Questions.

More Information

For more information or to speak with a program advisor, please complete the Request More Information Form, send an email to or call 202.687.8700. Interested students are also encouraged to RSVP for an upcoming information session.

Weekend/ Weeknight Program Schedule

Course Name Semester Dates Schedule Tuition
Principles of Management Fall 2014 Sept  5, 6, 12, & 13 Fri 6:30pm - 9:30pm; Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm $895.00
Principles of Marketing Fall 2014 Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14, 21 Tue 6:30pm - 9:30pm $895.00
Corporate Finance Fall 2014 Sept 19, 20, 26, & 27 Fri 6:30pm - 9:30pm; Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm $895.00
Business Accounting Fall 2014 Oct 1, 4, 8, & 11 Wed 6:30pm - 9:30pm; Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm $895.00
Business Accounting Fall 2014 Oct 15, 22, 29; Nov 5,12,19 Wed 6:30pm - 9:30pm $895.00
Principles of Marketing Fall 2014 Oct 17, 18, 24, & 25 Fri 6:30pm - 9:30pm; Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm $895.00
Business Policy Fall 2014 Oct 31; Nov 1, 7, 8 Fri 6:30pm - 9:30pm; Sat 9:00 AM - 4:00pm $895.00
Business Statistics Fall 2014 Nov 4, 11, 18, 25; Dec 2, 9 Tues 6:30pm - 9:30pm $895.00
Communication in Organizations Fall 2014 Nov 13, 15, 20, & 22 Thur 6:30pm - 9:30pm; Sat 9:00am - 4:00pm $895.00

Minimum Required:  5.0  Courses
    XCPD-033   Business Accounting
    XCPD-684   Corporate Finance
    XCPD-035   Business Policy
    XCPD-030   Principles of Management
    XCPD-031   Principles of Marketing
Minimum Required:  1.0  Courses
    XCPD-032   Communication in Organizations
    XFIN-657   Business Statistics

Certificate Programs Information Sessions

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