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Business Essentials Certificate

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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Business Essentials

By the year 2029, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that business and financial roles will grow by 5% – faster than the average for all other occupations.1 While many higher-level roles in this industry may ultimately require a bachelor’s degree, earning your certificate is a great start. A certificate can help demonstrate to employers that you have a solid foundation in core business skills and are eager to take the next step toward your career goals.

If you’re taking the first step toward a career in business or are looking to add a credential to your current experience, our Business Essentials certificate is designed to help you jumpstart your future, one that’s full of possibilities at the rate the business world is growing. By honing your core business knowledge, you will have the ability to demonstrate proficiencies in many entry-level business functions, such as accounting, marketing fundamentals, analytics and more. In addition, these skills are often transferable across many industries.

Through this program, you’ll be equipped to:

  • Engage and inform decision-makers within an organization.
  • Work effectively in a modern business setting.
  • Utilize business and management principles to solve problems within your organization.
  • Effectively perform tasks involving basic computing, marketing and data analysis.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Undergraduate Certificate in Business Essentials in as little as 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


What You'll Learn

In addition to gaining a strong foundation in business, our Business Essentials courses will also cover these key topic areas:

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    Computer Applications

    Get hands-on experience with common business programs including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
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    Business Technology and Technological Applications

    Examine major functional areas of business while exploring the organizational theories and technological factors affecting organizations.
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    Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving

    Learn how to identify and solve common business problems.
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    Financial Accounting Concepts

    Learn how to analyze accounting records and financial statements to inform business decisions.
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    Data Analysis and Decision-Support

    Leverage spreadsheet software and data from real-world business situations to organize, analyze and present information.
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    Budgeting and Forecasting

    Learn to design and implement a long-range budget forecast and assess its impact on departmental planning.

Stack Your Credits into a Degree

Once you earn your certificate, you can come back at a time that is right for you and apply all credits toward an applicable DeVry University associate or bachelor’s degree program, helping you prepare to pursue more advanced roles.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of DeVry’s online Business Essentials Certificate program may consider the following careers:

  • Administrative Services Manager

  • Office Clerk General

  • Customer Service Representative

Business Essentials Courses

Our Business Essentials Certificate program is made up of 8 courses totaling 25 credit hours. Of that, 18 of the credit hours you complete will be in Business Core courses, with the remaining 7 hours being electives. You can choose the electives you want to help you hone specific business skills or follow our suggested path. Either way, you’ll receive real-world, hands-on knowledge in a variety of relevant subject areas.

Core Courses

Business Core

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
BUSN219 Marketing Fundamentals
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab
MGMT303 Principles of Management

Suggested Electives

Budgeting and Forecasting

ACCT360 Managerial Accounting
BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting

General Business

GSCM206 Managing Operations Across the Supply Chain
MGMT210 Human Resource Functions

Healthcare Business

HIT111 Basic Medical Terminology
HSM310 Introduction to Health Services Management

Retail Management

BUSN258 Customer Relations
MGMT230 Contemporary Retail Management

Business Essentials Coursework Preview

DeVry’s Business Essentials certificate includes these courses:

Financial Accounting

This course focuses on ways in which financial statements reflect business operations and emphasizes use of financial statements in the decision-making process.

Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab

This course focuses on analyzing real-world business situations using current spreadsheet software.

Introduction to Business and Technology

In this course, students examine the roles of major functional areas of business and interrelationships among them.

Marketing Fundamentals

This course introduces the theory, systems and processes of communicating the value of goods and services to satisfy needs and wants, while considering business goals and social responsibilities.

Computer Applications for Business with Lab

This course introduces the basic concepts and principles of productivity tools widely used in business, such as word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Principles of Management

This course examines fundamental management theories and traditional managerial responsibilities in formal and informal organizational structures.

Build Skills With Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. 

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable
  • Flexible online classes build your professional skills right away
  • Almost all courses count toward the next degree level2

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here’s an example: When you earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Business Essentials, all courses you complete in the program apply to your Associate Degree in Business. When you complete the associate, you can stack those credits into a qualifying bachelor’s degree. Build your confidence – and your resume – when you start your journey at DeVry.

Take Business Essentials Classes Online

Our Business Essentials Certificate program is offered in an engaging, 100% online format. Each 8-week business essentials class you take is taught by an experienced professor. You’ll engage in weekly discussions with your classmates and get hands-on experience finding solutions to real business problems.

As an online student, you’ll also have access to a wide array of student resources such as:

  • 24/7 Live Tutoring – Get help when and where you need it.3
  • E-Library – Access books and resources and get support from DeVry librarians.
  • Mobile App – Submit assignments, manage your tuition and more.
  • Community powered by GetSet – Engage with peers around the country.
  • Career Services – Including support from certified career coaches and resume writers.4

FAQs: Business Essentials

Why should you consider earning a business essentials certificate?

Earning your undergraduate Business Essentials certificate can be a great first step toward achieving your goals. Depending on the career path you choose, both the skills and credential gained in your certificate program may be required by your current or future employer.

What is business essentials?

Business essentials is just like it sounds – the basic skills and knowledge you need to help you understand and effectively perform in the business world. In this program, we cover those set of skills through our Business Core courses, designed to help build interdisciplinary skills critical to workplace success. These courses introduce students to key disciplines that support business careers and cover concepts related to general business principles, including accounting, marketing, management and the analytic skills that inform business decision-making.

With an undergraduate certificate in Business Essentials, you can be prepared to pursue entry-level business roles at a variety of companies. Each business essentials class you take helps prepare you to take on tasks such as managing spreadsheets, using standard computer technology, effectively communicating with leaders and peers and understanding financial statements.

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1Growth projected on a national level. Local growth will vary by location.
2The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
3Each student is allotted 13 hours of tutoring per academic session through (available 24/7). Additional tutoring services are also available through
4Our Certified University Career Coaches are certified by The Academies ( Our Certified Professional Résumé Writers are certified by the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches (