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
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Unique Features


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Credits may be applied toward an MBA*

  • 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 certificate toward an eligible master's degree at Northeastern, including the Part-Time MBA

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

Customize your path to an MBA

Customize your path to an MBA Opens in Modal

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  • 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. D'Amore-McKim leadership has temporarily paused enrollment for online study of this certificate while we build the curricular framework for the next generation of this online program. 
  • Interview required? Upon request.
  • Eligible for International Student Visa? Yes. This program is F-1 visa compliant.

Helpful Guides

Application Checklist

Need guidance on completing your application? The application checklist provides step-by-step instructions and tips from our admissions team.

Personal Statement Guide

Need guidance in composing the personal statement for your application? The essay guide will help you organize your thoughts and draft your copy.

There are three entry terms each year in January, May, and September.

Northeastern University's Student Financial Services website is your best resource for the most current and comprehensive information to help prepare you financially.

To view tuition rates, please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and find the cost per credit for the current academic year listed next to “D'Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

There are a number of resources to help you finance your Northeastern graduate education, and the Student Financial Services team is here to guide you through the process and make it as simple as possible. 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.

At Northeastern, we value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community, which is vital to learning and discovery.

Clubs and Organizations

Northeastern has many opportunities for you to be engaged with our community. Examples include the following:

Graduate Students of Color Collective

The purpose of the GSCC is to build community for graduate students of color at Northeastern University by promoting education, professionalism, and civic duty. The GSCC fosters student, staff, and faculty relationships to establish a campus home for higher education at Northeastern. Through civic engagement with surrounding communities, the GSCC recognizes the continued struggles of marginalized populations, and the need for those who have succeeded to give back.

Grad Q

Grad Q is a student organization for LGBTQ+ graduate students at Northeastern. Grad Q is focused on building community, social events, advocacy, and mentoring undergraduate students.

Campus Resources

We have a number of cultural centers on campus to support our campus community by providing programs, lectures, and events for students with a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Office of Global Services, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, and many more.


The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration 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.

Choose your format

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Upcoming Future Student Events

Oct 13

Chat with Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions Fernando Antonioli and Graduate Certificate student Andrea Pinto Quiroz to learn how a graduate certificate from D'Amore-McKim can further your career goals. Ask any questions you may have related to your program(s) of interest, including details about the application process.

Oct 18

If you're thinking of pursuing the next step in your business education, there's no better place to do that than Northeastern. Join members of the Graduate Admissions team for an overview of D'Amore-McKim's graduate business programs and the potential to “stack” to build toward a future MBA.

Oct 18

Come to campus and enjoy a social evening where you can learn more about D'Amore-McKim's graduate business programs and mingle with admissions representatives, current students, and other friends of our programs.

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