Business Administration
Certificate Program

Business Administration

Inspired leadership

Enroll in Certificate View Individual Courses

Certificate Description

Build the foundation of successful leadership

Our program builds on the huge body of science underlying the latest best practices for management. You will gain practical skills to handle the day-to-day aspects of running a business and study evidence-based methods to maximize company performance. Network with industry professionals who teach facilitation, negotiation, coaching, and how to help employees carry out a unified vision. Choose courses from four tracks:

  • Business Essentials
  • Financial Analysis/Accounting
  • Management Development
  • Marketing Business Development.

Business Administration certificate program objectives

  • Understand how the American legal process can impact business
  • Communicate business needs effectively in person and in writing
  • Apply marketing principles and techniques to sell your products or services
  • Master the fundamentals of business finance
  • Navigate organizational change

Cost: $ 7,000 | International Tuition Cost
Required Credits: Total Required: 8–12 courses/25 units. Take 5 required courses (14 units) and 3–7 elective credit courses (11 units). End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 6–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Courses
Business Law and Its Environment 3.0
Finance I, Fundamentals 3.0
Management and Organization, Principles 2.0
Microeconomics, Introduction 4.0
Principles of Marketing 2.0
2. Elective Courses: Business Essentials
Business and Professional Writing 2.0
Effective Negotiations: Principles, Strategies, and Techniques 1.5
Facilitation Skills 2.0
International Business and the Global Economy 3.0
Principles of Business Analysis 3.0 + +
3. Elective Courses: Financial Analysis/Accounting
Business Economics 2.0
Business Statistics I 2.5
Business Statistics II 2.5
Finance for the Business Professional 1.0
Financial Statement Analysis 4.0
Introduction to Accounting I: Financial Accounting 4.0
Introduction to Accounting II: Managerial Accounting 4.0
4. Elective Courses: Management Development
21st Century Leadership 1.5
Applied Organizational Behavior and Coaching 3.0
Business Communications 2.0
Creating the Successful Team 1.5
Human Resource Management 1.5
Organizational Development and Change 2.0
5. Elective Courses: Marketing Business Development
Marketing Operations 2.0: Tactical Discipline to Strategic Vision 2.0
Power of Market Research 2.0
Product Management: Moving the Product to Market 2.0
6. Required Certificate Review
Business Administration Certificate Completion Fee None

Certificate Inquiry Form

Contact Us
Speak to a student services representative.

Call (408) 861-3860


Professional Development

Many courses qualify for credit for professional organizations.

Advisory Board


WENLEI "WENDY" SHAN, M.B.A., is a college business instructor and consultant with 17 years’ experience in client services, account management and multichannel optimization in the high tech industry. She focuses on driving higher employee performance via organizational leadership and management, as well as customer experience through the social media enablement of marketing and sales. Shan has taught business at De Anza and Mission colleges since 2012. Prior to her academic career, she worked for technology companies, including Intel, Equinox, and Amazon, bringing a deep understanding of business process outsourcing, enterprise on-premise solutions, and the migration to cloud solutions. In addition to an MBA from Arizona State University, she has a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.

Declaring Candidacy

You can enroll in a certificate program any time during your studies.

Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a certificate program. Although you can enroll in a program at any time, the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your certificate requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you.

  • You must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have a total of five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within a five-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.

  • Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program.
  • The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.