School of Business, Government, and Economics

Graduate Certificate Programs in Business

At a Glance

  • check mark icon Upcoming application deadline The next deadline for domestic students is 8/1/2020 for Autumn quarter
  • check mark icon Accreditation Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • check mark icon Credits

    9–12 credits minimum to complete

  • check mark icon Format Working professional friendly (part time, evenings); on campus
  • check mark icon Cost


    Based on 2020–21 tuition:
    $8,055 (9 credits)
    $10,740 (12 credits)


SPU MBA program classroom | photo by Dan Sheehan

Shape the future. Change the world.

You’re deciding whether to enhance your current role, or refresh your ambition and change fields altogether. Seattle Pacific’s graduate certificate programs are designed to help you advance your career conveniently, and with a flexible program. Request more information or get started on your future by completing an application today!

The School of Business, Government, and Economics difference

Through the applied, experiential, and collaborative-based Graduate Certificate curriculum at Seattle Pacific’s School of Business, Government, and Economics, you’ll gain new, concentrated skills that set you apart from the crowd.

Seattle Pacific offers six graduate certificates in business:

Why Seattle Pacific? 

From its inception in 1977, SPU’s School of Business, Government, and Economics has upheld an unwavering dedication to excellence ― quality faculty and curricula, values and ethics, and readying students to impact their professional and personal worlds.

  1. AACSB Accreditation

    Seattle Pacific was the first school of the nearly 100-member Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to achieve the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) distinction. AACSB International represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide — 5% of schools globally. As a member, we are part of a united movement to improve the quality of business education around the world, helping to develop the next generation of great leaders. Four out of five alumni from AACSB-accredited schools say their graduate management education contributes to improvements in their competitiveness, proactiveness, innovativeness, and creativity. Also, SPU is rated a Best On-Campus MBA Program and listed as a Best Business School in the West by The Princeton Review.

  2. Deep Ethics Emphasis

    Built on an ethical foundation, the School of Business, Government, and Economics offers first-class business education through the lens of Christian faith and values. Ethical issues are integrated throughout the curriculum, and the SBGE also operates the Center for Integrity in Business.

  3. Flexible Format

    Classes are smaller, and students interact with professors and fellow students in a cooperative and reciprocal learning environment. Responsive and caring faculty encourage students to reach their goals. Our evening courses are designed to accommodate students' work schedules, allowing them to pace their studies to fit their lives.

  4. Valuable Connections

    Students in business programs at SPU have moved on to purposeful careers at local companies and top industries, including Boeing, IBM, Safeco, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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View the individual certificates’ course requirements:

Master’s degrees

Certificate students may apply up to 15 credits of certificate coursework toward a business graduate degree if they subsequently matriculate. All admission requirements must be satisfied.

The certificates relate to the degrees as follows:

Certificate programs Corresponding master’s degrees
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Creating and Distributing Value
Understanding Business Contexts
MBA (prerequisites)
MA-Management (prerequisites)

Responsible Leadership 

MS-Information Systems
MS-Data Analytics in Business
Data Analytics Basics
Data Analytics Programming

MS-Data Analytics in Business
MS-Information Systems (Data Analytics)
MBA (Data Analytics)
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Tuition and Fees for 2020–21

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per credit

Based on 2020–21 tuition:
$8,055 (9 credits)
$10,740 (12 credits)

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application fee

See additional fee details.

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9–12 credits

to complete

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Application Info

Admission requirements

Generally, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate studies, and prior work experience. (Admission is not available for F-1 Visa applicants.)

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Online application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Current résumé as evidence of substantive work experience. You will need at least one year, continuous full-time, post-bachelor’s degree experience at the time of application. More is preferred. This is a significant factor in the admission decision process. Applicants with less than one year of post-baccalaureate professional work experience, but who have a 3.5 GPA, are eligible.
  • Official transcript(s) from colleges or universities attended. Include the transcript from the institution that granted your bachelor’s degree with the posted degree appearing on the transcript. Also send official transcript(s) for all institutions attended following your undergraduate degree, as well as any other schools where you earned credits that may be used to request waivers of foundations prerequisite courses.


The application for admission, application fee, and personal statement must be received by the dates listed below. Recommendation letters, official transcripts, and test scores must arrive before an admission decision can be made.

Quarter/Starting Month

Application Deadline


August 1


November 1


February 1


May 1

(International applicants who do not need an F-1 visa may adhere to the above deadlines.)


For other questions, please check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

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International Applicants

Admission to the graduate certificates is not available for F-1 visa applicants due to the full-time student enrollment visa requirement.

International students are an important part of Seattle Pacific University, and a vibrant and active international population of students represent 32 different countries. Please consider applying to one of our business degree programs.

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