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 5/1/2022 for Fall 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; online with some evening on campus classes)

  • check mark icon Cost

    $778/cr for BUS 6xxx courses (2022-23)

    $899/cr for ISM 6xxx courses (2022-23)


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 applying 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 seven graduate certificates in business:

Financial Analysis and Reporting Certificate

Advance your career with a certificate in Financial Analysis & Reporting. With this graduate certificate, you’ll develop knowledge and skills in the basics of financial and managerial accounting, and corporate finance. You will be ready to analyze and interpret financial statements, analyze costs, prepare budgets and evaluate performance against them, and evaluate the financial merits of various financing options, capital projects, and other types of investments.

Creating and Distributing Value Certificate

The graduate certificate in Creating & Distributing Value develops knowledge and skills in the basics of marketing, operations management, and information systems. You will understand the key concepts and processes of these core functional areas responsible for creating and delivering an enterprise’s value proposition to consumers.

Understanding Business Contexts Certificate

With the graduate certificate in Understanding Business Contexts, you’ll develop your understanding of how the economy works and society’s ground rules for engaging in commercial activities. You will also learn the key concepts related to statistically analyzing and drawing insightful inferences from data to inform business decision-making.

Responsible Leadership Certificate

The graduate certificate in Responsible Leadership develops knowledge and skills in leadership, communication, and ethical sensitivity and reasoning from a Christian perspective. You will be ready to provide values-based leadership to teams and larger organizations to drive toward the goal of using business to serve the common good.

Data Analytics Basics Certificate

The Data Analytics Basics graduate certificate develops knowledge and skills in the basics of managing data and databases, knowledge management, and mining and visualizing data to obtain insights that inform decision-making. It will position you to enter the data analytics field.

Data Analytics Programming Certificate

The Data Analytics Programming graduate certificate develops knowledge and skills in statistically analyzing large data sets and interpreting the findings and relating them to business decisions. You will be ready to use important analysis programming tools such as R and Python, and tools for managing and analyzing data sets in the cloud.

Cybersecurity Certificate

The Cybersecurity graduate certificate develops knowledge and skills in the basics of cybersecurity, information and IT risk management, and business intelligence. It will position you to enter the IT risk management field.

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 Faithful Business. SBGE is one of five PRME Champion Schools in the U.S.

  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 online and hybrid (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 or agencies, 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)
Cybersecurity MBA
MS-Information Systems
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Tuition and Fees for 2022–23

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per credit for BUS 6xxx


per credit for ISM 6xxx

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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 GRE/GMAT test is optional for admission for applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher in their bachelor's degree program.


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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