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Business Essentials Certificate

Take only four online courses (12 credit hours) during the summer and earn the Business Essentials Certificate to be more competitive on the internship and job market, no matter what your career path is.

Apply by April

About the Certificate


  • Online and available during the summer  – can be completed in one summer!
  • Open to currently enrolled non-Poole undergraduate NC State students and Non-Degree Seeking (NDS) students
  • The certificate will appear on your NC State transcript

Through this program you will:

  • Be able to identify the primary business functions and the attributes that make each function important
  • Gain practice in the way in which businesses operate and identify strengths and weaknesses of a process within a company
  • Show proficiency in two core areas –– Business Essentials and Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Gain additional proficiency in two selected topics: HR, marketing, operations and supply chain management, personal finance or individual income tax

Courses & Requirements

To earn a certificate, you will need to complete 4 courses (12 credit hours). For Summer 2024 enrollment, undergraduate students can check their MyPack Portal for their individual enrollment appointment. Open Enrollment for Non-Degree Studies students will open on November 17th.

Core (required):

Course #Course TitleOffered Summer I 2024Offered Summer II 2024
ACC 280Survey of Financial and Managerial Accounting—-
MIE 201Introduction to Business Processes

Electives (select 2 courses):

Course #Course TitleOffered Summer I 2024Offered Summer II 2024
ACC 230Individual Income Taxation
BUS 225Personal Finance
BUS 360Marketing Methods
BUS 370Operations and Supply Chain Management
MIE 330Human Resource Management

Admitted students should email if they encounter enrollment issues.

Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA and a grade of D- or above for all classes taken towards the certificate.

How to Apply

Undergraduate NC State Students

  • Submit a simple application form.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA required to apply to and to complete the certificate.
  • Students in a Poole major (Business, Accounting, Economics), Business Administration minor or Business Entrepreneurship minor may not pursue the certificate.
  • Please note that NC State Graduate students are not eligible to apply.

Non-Degree Studies Students

  • If you are not a current NC State student, you must first apply to NC State as a Non-Degree Studies student.
    • As part of your application, you will have the option to select the Essentials of Business Certificate as your desired program.


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