A general foundation in business can benefit any student—whether you’re interested in business and want to learn more about it, you’re looking to gain a business perspective to apply to your current profession, or you want to diversify your non-business degree with a complementary certificate.

Isenberg’s Business Studies Certificate will give you a foundation in business, accounting, finance, marketing and management. Excel in any field by advancing your business prowess in just five classes. Learn from experts—the same faculty who teach on campus—who will introduce you to the business world.

Earn your certificate online! The program is flexible enough to fit your needs and rigorous enough to make you competitive. After you earn your certificate, you’ll be able to create and manage budgets, identify business opportunities and effectively market to them, understand financial decisions, and use effective management philosophies and practices.

Learn more about this program:
To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on inquire now .

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To learn more or get started, visit the Online Certificate in Business Studies or Apply Now.


Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Summer Fee per credit $475
Fall Fee per credit $482
Registration Fee per semester $60

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The Isenberg Online Business Studies Certificate is fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB- International). AACSB - International is the premier accrediting agency for business programs around the world.

The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Applicants must have completed 24 credits of college level course work or 2 years of relevant industry experience. The certificate application can be found here and is accepted on a rolling basis. Before you apply or while your application is being processed, you have the option to try a class.

Financial Aid: 

For certificate programs, you may be eligible for a direct consumer alternative loan. Private loans do not require school certification and proceeds are paid directly to the borrower. When looking for loans, please make sure you specify to the lender that you are looking for a "Direct to consumer loan" or that it is for Continuing Education classes. Financial aid is not available since certificate programs are not degree granting.

For additional information, please visit www.salliemae.com (to apply for the Continuing Education loan).  UMass Amherst does not endorse any individual alternative loan - you should compare programs and choose those that best fit your needs.

If you are U.S. active military or a veteran, contact your Base Education Officer on how to use your benefits, or contact UMass Veteran Services at:

Email:  vetaffairs@stuaf.umass.edu
Website: www.umass.edu/veterans
Phone:  413.545.09393