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Post-Master’s Certificate in Business

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100% Online Certificate in Business

Complete your studies on your own time.

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New start date every Monday

Start your first course when it’s convenient for you.

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10 Months to your Certificate in Business

Finish your business certificate in just 6 courses.

National and Northcentral have merged, and this program is now offered by NU. Learn more.

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Post-Master’s Certificate in Business

Take your business skills to the next level with the 100% online Post-Master’s Certificate in Business at National University. Through NU’s business certificate, you’ll be prepared to further your business career, develop your own business niche, get a taste for doctoral-level coursework or even transition into a new profession.

You can tailor your NU online business certificate to fit your career goals with one of these specializations: Advanced Accounting, Criminal Justice, Financial Management, General Business, Homeland Security – Leadership and Policy, and Project Management.

Add to Your Business Credentials to Move Your Career Forward

NU’s online Post-Master’s Certificate in Business is a quick and easy way to add to your business credentials. With this certificate, you’ll refine your existing knowledge while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

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Course Details

  • Credit Hours: 18
  • Courses: 6
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 10 Months

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Business can be completed in 18 credits. Each course runs 8 weeks, and you’ll receive 3 semester credits per course.

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to NU’s Post-Master’s certificate program. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited college or university within the last seven years with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

The Post-Master’s Certificate has the following graduation requirements:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred master’s level or higher degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript


This Post-Master’s Certificate prepares students for careers in auditing, corporate accounting, and accounting positions in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Students will develop knowledge to pursue advanced positions in management, such as chief financial officer or controller, going beyond preparation of financial statements to calculate and analyze strategic business decisions.

Courses – 18 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks.

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The Criminal Justice Post-Master’s Certificate connects ethical, managerial, and theoretical decision making with strategic planning and public policy within local, State, Federal, and multinational criminal justice agencies, departments, and organizations. This Post-Master’s Certificate specialization is intended to encourage students to focus on developing competencies across a wide spectrum of criminal justice subjects and issues required for career advancement in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and criminal investigation.

Courses – 18 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks.

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This Post-Master’s Certificate specialization explores the analysis of relevant financial and non-financial organizations. Topics covered include investment management, management of financial institutions, assessment of financial statements, and international financial issues. Administrators, managers, and accountants who want to develop financial management skills will benefit from this Post-Master’s Certificate.

Courses – 18 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks.

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The General Business Post-Master’s Certificate program allows students to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals. Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours for the Post-Master’s Certificate in General Business.

Students must take at least four doctoral level business content courses and may take up to two courses from a Post-Master’s Certificate offered in other fields to fulfill their General Business certificate requirements.

Additional courses (i.e., more than two courses) from other disciplines may be considered to fill this requirement, with Dean approval.

Courses – 18 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks.

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This specialization prepares senior leaders of public administration, law enforcement, public safety, and emergency medical care and disaster preparedness agencies for positions of executive leadership in the general field of homeland security. Curriculum covers terrorism, strategy, intelligence, emergency management, and critical infrastructure security issues. The program also provides senior-level homeland security professionals the opportunity to apply theory and emerging concepts to real world issues through innovative approaches to complex problems.

Courses – 18 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks.

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Administrative and management professionals who want to become proficient in project management will benefit from this specialization. This specialization focuses on applying principles, concepts, tools, and techniques to improve project performance and organizational effectiveness. Curriculum provides training in planning, project control, effectively working with teams to improve performance, providing leadership, and delivering projects on time and on budget.

Courses – 18 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks.

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