Business Management

Business Management Certificate

If you're looking to expand your current skills or get a head start on a college degree in business, Penn Foster College's online Business Management Undergraduate Certificate Program can help you build new knowledge while earning college credits.

  • Our Business Management Certificate prepares students to enhance their current business and management skills to advance in their career or further their education with a college degree.
  • College-level online courses cover foundational business topics like economics, human resources management, and business law.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to compose professional documents using word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software, and integrate the applications.
  2. How to explain the principles of financial accounting including analyzing transactions, completing the accounting cycle, merchandising businesses, inventories, assets, liabilities, stocks, bonds and cash flow.
  3. How companies should prepare for and implement human resource management to hire new employees and create training programs.
  4. How to understand the legal environment of business, including American court practice and procedure, torts, employment law, international law, environmental law, and contract law.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Business Undergrad Certificate Outcomes

An online business management undergraduate certificate can help you prepare to advance your career, refresh currents skills, or even get a head start on completing a full degree program. Business skills are transferrable to many industries, so what you learn can be applied to a variety of jobs. However, it's important to note that, on its own, an undergraduate certificate in business doesn't necessarily qualify you for a specific job.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Business Management Certificate Curriculum

  • 11 courses
  • 31 credits
  • 92 exams
  • 12 submitted projects

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 10 months
  • Average time = 13 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times per semester are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from November 2020 - October 2021, excluding withdrawals.

In our Business Management Certificate, you'll learn the essential skills that can help you take the first steps toward furthering your education or boosting your resume in the business world. With relevant foundational topics like management principles, economics, and business law, you’ll gain knowledge that can be applied across various industries while studying on your schedule. Your online courses include:

  • Principles of Management
  • Computer Applications
  • Financial Accounting
  • Human Resources Management


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. Please note, the materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system.

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Business Management Student Stories

Penn Foster’s Business Management Undergraduate Certificate Program can help prepare you to take the next step toward advancing your career or refreshing your current skills. This program has helped recent graduates learn at their own pace, find new jobs, and stay up to date with essential business concepts. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Michaela O.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“The open schedule allowed me to still do my daily life and complete the course on my own time. The price point is great, and the courses are well planned and full of information.”

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Business Management Certificate Tuition

Take the first steps toward advancing in your career or earning college credits with our Business Management Certificate. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans below and get started today!

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Our Proven Business Management Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Dedicated Learner Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Business Management Certificate FAQs

What is a business management certificate?

Undergraduate certificate programs allow students to earn credits in industry-specific classes without committing to a full degree program. While many view undergraduate certificates as stepping stones toward a college degree, they can also offer the opportunity to add skills and credentials to your resume, potentially helping you stand out when applying for jobs. Our online Business Management Certificate is designed for students to gain essential business and management skills in a shorter amount of time while earning college credits that could be applied to a degree in the future.

What can you do with a certificate in business management?

An online certificate in business management can help you gain new skills or refresh your current skillset and prepare you to take the next steps toward starting or advancing your business career. While an undergraduate certificate alone may not necessarily qualify you for jobs in the field, it can help you add essential skills and credentials to your resume, including proficiency with Microsoft Office products like Word and Excel, something many employers look for.

Will credits received in this course carry over to other Penn Foster business degrees?

Yes! Credits earned through completion of Penn Foster College's online Business Management Undergraduate Certificate Program can be applied toward classes in our Business Management Associate Degree. Completing an undergraduate certificate first can allow you to earn credentials that can boost your resume before applying them toward a full degree program. It's important to note that, when choosing to transfer your credits toward a degree program, we look at your grades, when you completed the original program, and more to determine which classes carry over.

What are the top qualities of someone working in business management?

Those who are successful in business management share many similar qualities! Besides having a background or education in essential business topics like marketing, human resources, and accounting, most have qualities like strong leadership skills, strong communication skills, and interpersonal skills.