Applied Business Certificate

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  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tuition: $492.31/credit (resident); $961.00/credit (nonresident) | Fees
  • Credits: 15 (60 required for admission)
  • Delivery: Primarily online
  • Options: Four focus areas available

The Certificate in Applied Business focus areas are designed for maximum relevance at minimum cost. Take courses that interest you without a multiyear commitment.

You can specialize in one of four tracks:

  • Managing the Professional Practice
  • Managing in Health Systems Organizations
  • Managing for Sustainability, Innovation, and Quality
  • A Self-Designed Focus

Tracks

The Certificate in Applied Business gives you the flexibility to choose from four focus areas to fit into your career plans:

Managing the Professional Practice is ideal for practitioners in professions where

  • the private or franchise practice remains a common model
  • intense specialized training leaves little room for developing business skills
  • a formal business credential is considered an asset by employers and lenders

Typical areas include dental, human, and veterinary medicine; pharmacy; advance practice nursing; and alternative medicine, including chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage.

Courses* (15 credits)

Courses are online, three credits, and must be taken for a letter grade.

Foundation Courses

Marketing for the Professional Practice (ABUS 4703)

Leadership and Management for the Professional Practice (ABUS 4705)

Financial Management for the Professional Practice (ABUS 4707)

In addition to the three core courses, you may choose from the following:

Strategic Decision Making and Problem Solving (ABUS 4012)

Legal, Ethical, and Risk Issues for Managers (ABUS 4013W)

Project Management in Practice (ABUS 4043)

Communicating for Results (ABUS 4023W)

Building a Small Business Start-up ( 4501)

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

This certificate is about management in, rather than management of, health care organizations. Become a more effective professional by understanding the dynamics and processes of the field, how they’re related to each other, and how to adapt to them. 

Courses* (15 credits)

All courses are online, three credits, and must be taken for a letter grade.

Innovation for Leaders and Organizations (ABUS 4151)

Strategy and Management for a Sustainable Future (ABUS 4515)

Health Care Delivery Systems (HSM 3521)

Health Care Finance (HSM 4541)

Health Care Administration and Management (HSM 4561)

*You may request to substitute ABUS  3xxx/4xxx and/or HSM 3xxx/4xxx management-related or business-related courses with adviser approval. 

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

In this certificate you will learn:

  • how managers stimulate innovation
  • why companies invest in sustainable technology
  • how profits relate to improved quality
  • how “lean can be green” in both the environmental and fiscal sense

You can take this certificate as either a stand-alone credential or as a complement to a primary course of study. 

Courses* (15 credits)

All courses are online, three credits, and must be taken for a letter grade.

Strategy and Management for a Sustainable Future (ABUS 4515 )

Innovation for Leaders and Organizations (ABUS 4151)

Introduction to Quality Management (ABUS 3301)

Dynamics of Leadership (ABUS 4041)

Management in Organizations (ABUS 4022W)
or
Health Care Administration and Management (HSM 4561)

* You may request to substitute ABUS 3xxx/4xxx and/or HSM 3xxx/4xxx management-related and/or business-related courses with adviser approval.   

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

Expand your knowledge of finance, management, or marketing with a credential that can complement your education and jump-start your business goals. Your curriculum can be as broad or as focused as you need.

Courses (15 credits)

Core Courses (select one)

  • Management in Organizations (ABUS 4022W)
  • Health Care Administration and Management (HSM 4561)
  • Dynamics of Leadership (ABUS  4041)
  • Leadership and Management for the Professional Practice (ABUS 4705)

Elective Courses (select four)

  • Introduction to Quality Management (ABUS 3301)
  • Strategic Decision Making and Problem Solving (ABUS 4012)
  • Communicating for Results (ABUS 4023W)
  • Strategic Use of Business Information Systems (ABUS 4031)
  • Dynamics of Leadership (ABUS 4041)
  • Project Management in Practice (ABUS 4043)
  • Accounting and Finance for Managers (ABUS 4101)
  • Management and Human Resource Practices (ABUS 4104)
  • Innovation for Leaders and Organizations (ABUS 4151)
  • Evaluating Performance Excellence in Organizations (ABUS 4321)
  • Strategy and Management for a Sustainable Future (ABUS 4515)
  • Introduction to Marketing (ABUS 4701)
  • Marketing for the Professional Practice (ABUS  4703)
  • Financial Management for the Professional Practice (ABUS 4707)
  • Building the Professional Practice I: Anatomy of the Practice (ABUS 4709)
  • Building the Professional Practice II: Physiology of the Practice (ABUS 4711)
  • Special Topics in Applied Business (ABUS 4901)
  • Health Care Delivery Systems (HSM 3521)
  • Health Care Finance (HSM 4541)
  • Other related 3xxx or 4xxx business-related course with adviser approval

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

Admission

Application Deadlines

Fall semester | July 15
Spring semester | November 15
Summer term | April 15

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements include:

  • 60 semester credits completed
  • a preferred performance level of a 2.5 GPA or better in your undergraduate- or graduate-level work; if you do not have a cumulative 2.5 GPA but have relevant professional experience, contact an adviser

Admission Benefits

You may take one or two courses in the program before applying for official admission, however, you should apply for admission as soon as possible.

As an admitted certificate student, you will:

  • be assured that all of your course work will count toward the certificate (unless requirements change)
  • receive updates about the program
  • have an opportunity to register earlier than a student who is not admitted
  • not be assessed the University of Minnesota Student Services fee

Transferring Credits

With approval, transfer coursework can make up 40 percent of the certificate requirements with at least 60 percent earned after admission completed at the University of Minnesota.

Talk to an adviser if you're interested in transferring certificate courses toward an undergraduate degree.

Completion Requirements

To be awarded the certificate, complete all coursework within four years of admission, with a minimum grade of C- and a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

When you are ready to apply for graduation, visit One Stop;and complete the Application for Undergraduate degree form.

Registration

To find out when you should register, consult the Registration Calendar.

  • If you are a U of M admitted student, register through MyU. Instructions can be found on One Stop.
  • If you would like to take one of our courses but are an non-degree/guest student (not formally admitted to a degree or certificate program), follow the registration steps outlined on One Stop.

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