• Apply By
    Fall: July 15; Spring: Nov 15; Summer: April 15
  • Admission GPA
  • Total Credits
    15 (60 required for admission)
  • Format
    Fully online

The Certificate in Applied Business focus areas are designed for maximum relevance at minimum cost. Take courses that interest you without a multiyear commitment.

You can specialize in one of four tracks:

  • Managing the Professional Practice
  • Managing in Health Systems Organizations
  • Managing for Sustainability, Innovation, and Quality
  • A Self-Designed Focus

Listen to Applied Business Certificate Advisor Tony Scott talk, on an interview on KMOJ, about the certificate and other options in CCAPS.

Read the transcript here.

Tracks and Courses

The Certificate in Applied Business gives you the flexibility to choose from four focus areas to fit into your career plans:

This certificate is about management in, rather than management of, health care organizations. Become a more effective professional by understanding the dynamics and processes of the field, how they’re related to each other, and how to adapt to them.

Courses* (15 credits)

Three courses are online and two are in the classroom. Three credits, and must be taken for a letter grade.

*You may request to substitute ABUS 3xxx/4xxx or HSM 3xxx/4xxx management-related or business-related courses with advisor approval.

NOTE: HSM 3521 and HSM 4561W are never offered online.

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

In this certificate you will learn:

  • how managers stimulate innovation
  • why companies invest in sustainable technology
  • how profits relate to improved quality
  • how “lean can be green” in both the environmental and fiscal sense

You can take this certificate as either a stand-alone credential or as a complement to a primary course of study. 

Courses* (15 credits)

All courses are online, three credits, and must be taken for a letter grade.

* You may request to substitute ABUS 3xxx/4xxx and/or HSM 3xxx/4xxx management-related and/or business-related courses with advisor approval.

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

Expand your knowledge of finance, management, or marketing with a credential that can complement your education and jump-start your business goals. Your curriculum can be as broad or as focused as you need.

Courses (15 credits)

Core Courses (select one)

Elective Courses (select four)

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
Course Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester


Ready to apply?

Here's what we're looking for:

  • 60 transferable semester credits completed
  • a preferred performance level of a 2.5 GPA or better in your undergraduate- or graduate-level work; if you do not have a cumulative 2.5 GPA but have relevant professional experience, contact an advisor

What you'll get as an admitted student:

As an admitted certificate student, you will:

  • be assured that all of your course work will count toward the certificate (unless requirements change)
  • receive updates about the program
  • have an opportunity to register earlier than a student who is not admitted
  • not be assessed the University of Minnesota Student Services fee

You may take one or two courses in the program before applying for official admission, however, you should apply for admission as soon as possible.

Transferring Credits

With approval, up to 6 credits of transfer coursework may be used to satisfy requirements for this  certificate. Talk to an advisor if you're interested in transferring certificate courses toward an undergraduate degree.


Application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: July 15
  • Spring semester: November 15
  • Summer term: April 15

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    To find out when you should register, consult the Registration Calendar.

    • If you are a U of M admitted student, register through MyU. Review instructions on One Stop.
    • If you would like to take one of our courses but are a nondegree/guest student (not formally admitted to a degree or certificate program), follow the registration steps outlined on One Stop.

    Completion Requirements

    To be awarded the certificate, you should complete all required coursework within four years of admission, with a minimum grade of C- and a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

    If you are completing an undergraduate degree as well as a certificate, there's no need to apply for graduation for your certificate. The credentials will be awarded simultaneously.

    If you are completing a certificate only, you can apply for graduation online. After you've registered for your final course in the certificate, log in to myu.umn.edu and click on Student Center under key links, then My Academics and Apply for Graduation.

    Admissions Advising

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    Meet Jeff Olsen Krengel

    I work with prospective students interested in our applied undergraduate majors (Construction Management, Health Services Management, and Information Technology Infrastructure) or designing their own degree program (Health & Wellbeing Sciences, Inter-College Program, and Multidisciplinary Studies). I’m available to answer your questions and help you find a program that meets your needs.

    In my free time, I can be found reading, running with my son, or visiting a brewery. I am an avid sports fan cheering for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota United FC, and Liverpool FC. 

    Give me a call at 612-625-4340, email me, or schedule an appointment on my calendar below.

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