Graduate Certificates in Business

About our certificate programs

These certificates are not accepting new admits as of Autumn 2023: Analytical Skills in Business, Business Systems & Strategy, Creating & Distributing Value, Cybersecurity, Financial Reporting & Analysis, Human Resources Management, Impact Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, Managing Organizations, and Understanding Business Contexts.

The graduate certificates in business at Seattle Pacific University provide opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to excel as a professional in each certificate field.

Seattle Pacific’s School of Business, Government, and Economics is committed to providing you with an applied, experiential, and collaborative learning environment in which business and Christian faith, ethics, and character are integrated.

Certificates will be awarded upon completion of each certificate’s courses at SPU with at least a “B” in each course. The following graduate certificates are available.

Admission requirements

Generally, you must have a bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA in your undergraduate studies and prior work experience. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Online application and $50 application processing fee.
  • Current résumé as evidence of a 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.

International applicants

In addition to the requirements above, international applicants must submit:

  • Official financial statement reflecting financial support equivalent to the cost of the first year of graduate study. Complete the Declaration of International Student Finances form (PDF) and send it to the address listed on the form, along with an original bank statement and copy of your passport (front and back).
  • For non-U.S. transcripts, provide a transcript evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or Foundation for International Services Inc. (FIS). (A course-by-course evaluation is needed to determine if any business foundations have been satisfied.) In addition to the evaluation report, all official transcripts must be submitted in English. International applicants are responsible for all costs associated with translation.


Certificate students may apply certificate coursework toward a business graduate degree. (All admission requirements must be satisfied.) The certificates relate to the school's degree programs as follows:

(View requirements)
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Creating and Distributing Value
Understanding Business Contexts
MBA (foundations prerequisites)
MA-HR (foundations prerequisites)

Responsible Leadership MBA
MS-Data Analytics in Business
Analytical Skills MBA
Business Systems & Strategy MBA
Impact Enterprise MBA (Impact Enterprise)
Organizational Management MBA (Organizational Management)
Data Analytics Basics
Data Analytics Programming
MS-Data Analytics in Business
MBA (Data Analytics)
Human Resources MA-HR
Information Systems MBA (IS)
Cybersecurity MBA (Cybersecurity)