Online Business Essentials Certificate

Take only four courses (12 credit hours) during the summer and earn the Online Business Essentials Certificate to gain marketable business skills, no matter what your career path is.

About the Certificate


  • Online and available during the summer  –– can be completed in one summer!
  • Most courses also available during the fall or spring; take as long as you need
  • 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
  • No application fee required for the certificate

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):

  • Core (required):
    Course # Course Name Offered
    Summer I 2020
    Summer II 2020
    ACC 280 Survey of Financial and Managerial Accounting No
    BUS 280 or
    MIE 201**
    Business Essentials/Intro to Business Processes MIE 201 MIE 201
  • Electives (select 2 additional):
    Course # Course Name Offered
    Summer I 2020
    Summer II 2020
    ACC 230 Individual Income Taxation No
    BUS 225 Personal Finance No
    BUS 360 Marketing Methods
    BUS 370 Operations and Supply Chain Management
    MIE 330 Human Resource Management

*Courses are open during summer sessions and do not have prerequisites.

**For students who later CODA (Change of Degree Application) into Poole or declare a business administration or business entrepreneurship minor, BUS 280 will substitute for MIE 201. Credit will not be allowed for both BUS 280 and MIE 201.

***Admitted students should email if they encounter enrollment issues.


  • Open to currently enrolled non-Poole NC State students, and NDS students.
  • Students must apply for the certificate.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA required to apply to and to complete the certificate.
  • 2.0 GPA and a grade of D- or above for all classes taken towards the certificate.
  • Students in a Poole major (Business, Accounting, Economics), or in a Poole minor (Business Administration or Business Entrepreneurship) may not pursue the certificate.
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