Business professionals are much like businesses themselves—as opportunities emerge and the marketplace evolves, their needs change. D'Amore-McKim's graduate certificates are a way to quickly gain specialized business knowledge and a professional credential to help you meet your personal and career goals.

The Path to a Part-Time MBA

The Path to a Part-Time MBA Opens in Modal

The business learning you need in as few as four graduate classes

The business learning you need in as few as four graduate classes Opens in Modal

Program Overview

Our graduate certificates are short-term programs that focus on 17 different key topics of business. Pursuing a graduate certificate allows you to specialize your studies in the area of business that best suits your interests or career goals. You can expand your business knowledge in new topics or strengthen existing skills to advance your career potential and distinguish you from your peers.

  • Program Structure: Full-time, part-time, or online.* Students will complete four to six business courses, or 12-15 credits.
  • Class Schedule: Classes are held weeknights on our Boston campus, Monday–Thursday, or 100% online.
  • Time to Complete: Eight months to three years.

*Structure options can vary per certificate.

Part-time Graduate Certificate | Typical program timeline

*Course offerings vary per semester. 
*Starts in September or January. May be completed at a flexible pace but is usually completed in three semesters.

Full-time Graduate Certificate for international students | Typical program timeline

*Course offerings vary per semester. 
*Starts in September or January. May be completed at a flexible pace but is usually completed in three semesters.

Online Graduate Certification program | Typical program timeline

Unique Features

Learn it today, use it tomorrow. For working professionals in the program, these flexible, focused certificates offer education with immediate impact. Take the lessons you learn in the classroom and apply them to your career the very next day. Your graduate certificate will give you the tools and skills you need to overcome current and future business challenges.

Courses tailored to your goals. Choose from a broad range of electives to supplement your required courses and build the knowledge and skills you need to position yourself for professional growth. Fill in gaps in your business acumen or strengthen key areas to expand your career potential.

Build toward something more. When you are ready to pursue a graduate degree at Northeastern University, the credits you earn during your graduate certificate program may be applied to eligible D'Amore-McKim master's programs, including our Part-Time or Online MBA. This is a valuable opportunity to turn your career-enhancing graduate certificate into a more advanced professional credential.

Optional Practical Training (OPT). Nine of our graduate certificates are compliant with F-1 visa regulations. For international students studying full-time, you'll take five classes over an eight-month period (two semesters of full-time study). If you successfully complete 15-credits on our campus, you may become eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), allowing you to work for up to 12 months in the U.S.

Program Options

F-1 Compliant Programs

F-1 visa compliance means graduate certificate programs meet strict curriculum guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and are eligible for enrollment by international students.

These programs are F-1 compliant:

Accounting and Financial Decision MakingLeading People & Organizations
Business AdministrationMarketing
Corporate RenewalSupply Chain Management
Innovation ManagementEntrepreneurship
International Business


  • Is GMAT required? GMAT test scores are not required.
  • Where Do I Apply? Apply for a Boston, MA campus program using this application. Apply for an online program using this application.
  • Interview Required?  International applicants who are not native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency. You may demonstrate this in one of two ways: submit your test score from TOEFL iBTIELTS, or PTE academic; or complete an intake interview. We recognize the challenges that you are facing are unprecedented and we are here to help you. In addition to the TOEFL and IELTS*, D'Amore-McKim will accept scores from the online Duolingo English Test.

Please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and you will find the rate next to “D'Amore-McKim School of Business Programs”.

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