To succeed in a business environment redefined by data and technology—and to seize the promising opportunities created by change—you need a redefined set of skills that fully meet the moment. When you earn your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from D'Amore-McKim, you'll build a foundation of knowledge that will make you a more resilient and agile business leader in challenging times. Tailor your coursework to align with your career goals and gain a graduate credential you can leverage right away.

Program Overview

  • Program Structure: 4–6 courses, depending on format
  • Class Schedule: Monday–Thursday evenings at 5:20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, or 100% online
  • Time to Complete: 4–8 months when studying full-time; 8 months–3 years when studying part-time; 8 months–2 years when studying online

Graduate Certification in Business Administration | Typical program timeline

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Unique Features


unique formats


Credits may be applied toward an MBA*

The business learning you need

The business learning you need Opens in Modal
  • Gain essential business knowledge that you can use immediately at work or in pursuit of a new opportunity
  • Complete your certificate in as little as four months, with the flexibility to choose a longer course of study
  • Build your confidence and acumen through Northeastern's practice-oriented approach to learning—taught by world-class faculty with substantial industry experience
  • Get expert career guidance from a career counselor at Employer Engagement and Career Design—which, for international students, includes support in navigating American workplace culture and starting a job search in a new country
  • Pave the way for a future master's degree—you may be able to apply credits earned in your business administration certificate toward an eligible master's degree at Northeastern, including the Part-Time MBA

Meet some of our students


  • Interview required? Upon request.
  • English language proficiency: English proficiency, both written and verbal, is necessary for success in D'Amore-McKim classrooms. For more information, review our admissions policies.
  • GMAT Required? No.
  • Where do I apply? Learn more here.
  • Eligible for International Student Visa? This program is F-1 visa compliant for on campus students. This program is not F-1 visa compliant for online students.

Full-Time Graduate Certificates (F-1 Visa Compliant)

Application DeadlinesDecision NotificationsClasses Begin
Oct. 5, 2023Rolling BasisJanuary
Nov. 9, 2023*Rolling BasisJanuary
Dec. 7, 2023Rolling BasisJanuary
Feb. 1, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
March 21, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
May 9, 2024**Rolling BasisSeptember
June 7, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
July 3, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
Aug. 1, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
*November 9, 2023 deadline is the final deadline for international candidates who require a new F-1 or J-1 visa
**May 9, 2024 deadline is the final deadline for international candidates who require a new F-1 or J-1 visa

Part-Time Graduate Certificates

Application DeadlinesDecision NotificationsClasses Begin
Oct. 4, 2023Rolling BasisJanuary
Nov. 9, 2023Rolling BasisJanuary
Dec. 7, 2023Rolling BasisJanuary
Feb. 1, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
March 21, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
May 9, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
June 7, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
July 3, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember
Aug. 1, 2024Rolling BasisSeptember

Online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration

Application DeadlinesDecision NotificationsClasses Begin
Dec. 11, 2023Dec. 18January
Feb. 5, 2024 Feb. 12February
April 15, 2024April 22May
June 10, 2024June 17July
Aug. 12, 2024Aug. 19September
Sep. 30, 2024Oct. 7October
Dec. 9, 2024Dec. 16January
Feb. 3, 2025Feb. 10February
April 14, 2025April 21May
June 9, 2025June 16June


Northeastern Student Financial Services publishes the tuition rates for Graduate Certificates. Under the “Graduate Programs” section, the cost per credit appears next to “D'Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

Financial Aid

Northeastern offers resources to help you finance your graduate education, and the Student Financial Services team will guide you through your options. Please visit the Graduate Financial Aid page.

Once you are a student, your financial aid advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions, point you to resources and provide valuable insight as you navigate the financial commitments of your program.


Northeastern University has a variety of scholarships. As a graduate certificate applicant you may be eligible for the Full Circle Scholarship. You may also qualify for funding support as an alum, U.S. servicemember, or veteran.

Application Fee Waivers

D'Amore-McKim offers application fee waivers to applicants that meet specific criteria. You can review the policy on the Graduate Application FAQ web page.

The D'Amore-McKim School of Business community stands with our university and its leadership in our dedication to cultivating equity and inclusion for all humankind. Understanding and solving our problems requires constant interaction among people who bring their own diverse contexts and experiences to the conversation. Therefore, we must be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that values the uniqueness of its members, recognizes the power and importance of diversity in our own and surrounding communities, and ensures their engaged participation.

Graduate Student Clubs  

There are numerous university-wide and D'Amore-McKim-affiliated student groups that you may wish to join, and several are grounded in building inclusive communities and resiliency. Many of our graduate business students participate in the Graduate Students of Color Collective, Grad Q, and Out in Business.

Campus Resources

Participate in community-building programs, lectures, and events offered by Northeastern's cultural centers representing a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, Office of Global Services, and many more.


The Business Administration Certificate is taught in five unique formats—choose the one that best fits your life and career goals. Depending on which you select, you'll take either a required core curriculum or a customized grouping of courses that meet your specific needs.

In all formats, you'll be learning from world-renowned faculty—many of whom are industry leaders, leading consultants, or founders of startups—and you'll study alongside a diverse group of students with a mix of industry and academic backgrounds.

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