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Graduate Certificate in Essential Business Practices

Are you planning your first move toward a career in business through college classes? You can develop the foundational knowledge and skills to pursue entry-level careers in business with the Essential Business Practices Certificate program at Indiana Wesleyan University. With coursework that can be completed 100% online in just 8 months, you can get moving quickly toward your goals. You can also apply your course credits toward an associate or bachelor’s level program in business after completion.

Why Pursue My Essential Business Practices Certificate at IWU?

The faculty and staff at IWU work to ensure online students receive the same quality of education they would expect from a classroom experience. From tech support to tutoring, we make sure you have everything you need to complete this certificate program. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career in business practice. Plus, we lock in the cost of your education once you start the program, so you won’t have to worry about unexpected cost increases as you learn.

What Will I Learn in This Online Essential Business Practices Certificate Program?

The online business practice certificate program helps students gain their footing in business by studying foundational topics and learning entry-level skills that serve as a logical starting point for a career. Students will learn business fundamentals, management concepts, and topics in finance. Whether discovering the best method for solving a challenge or learning the basic rules of business, this program can equip you for success in a variety of career paths. Upon completion, students can transition seamlessly into IWU’s online Associate of Science in Business program.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

18 Credit Hours


$305/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This Certificate in Essential Business Practices Program

Coursework for your online certificate in essential business practices covers how to:

  • Become proficient in a wide range of foundational business and communication skills
  • Apply practical financial skills to personal money management
  • Use technology to communicate effectively and manage business functions and transactions

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Banking
  • Customer Service
  • Non-Profit
  • And more!

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • Proof of standard high school diploma, GED certification, or country equivalent.
  • Complete the 18 credit hours with a grade of at least a “C” in each course.
  • Payment of tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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