Wayne State University

Graduate certificate in business

Wayne State University's graduate certificate in business is a flexible, fast-paced program designed for non-business degree holders who wish to gain a basic knowledge of business functions without completing an M.B.A. The program offers relevant business knowledge pertaining to the daily operations of business in corporate, not-for-profit, and entrepreneurial settings.

Coursework includes four major areas of business — accounting, finance, management and marketing — while offering flexibility through elective courses.

Classes will be offered at least once every semester, allowing coursework to be completed in as little as one semester, or as long as three years. Students may attend part-time or full-time, in person or online.

For more information on the graduate certificate in business, please keep reading or contact a business school advisor.


The program is open to students who hold a bachelor's degree in a discipline other than business and students currently enrolled in a non-business graduate or professional program.

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Campus options

Once admitted, students may complete courses at WSU’s main campus in Midtown Detroit or online. The WSU Oakland Center satellite campus in Farmington Hills offers the program's 7000-level classes. 

Course requirements

Required courses (2 credits each)

Foundation electives (choose one 2-credit course)

Functional electives (choose one 3-credit course)

M.B.A. program

All coursework from this program may be applied toward M.B.A. requirements, should you choose to pursue an M.B.A. at Wayne State University in the future.