Start on the journey to a successful career in business

Earn your Business Principles Certificate and learn the guiding principles of business management in this 18-credit program. This business certificate program provides the prerequisite knowledge and language needed to pursue an advanced business degree or get started on your career in business. 

You can earn your business certificate on-demand online+ format through from our Global Campus or Livestream program, or choose to attend class on one of our multiple campuses across Michigan. 

Why a business certificate? 

A business certificate from Davenport introduces you to the broad study and analysis of business philosophies while also providing you with career credentials along your way to a more advanced degree, like a bachelor's or master's program. It can also help you advance in your current career with the study of contemporary practices and terminology while earning a business certificate that you can show on your resume. Students who complete this program can pursue an Associate in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and, eventually, a Master of Business Administration

Explore classes for Davenport’s Business Skills Certificate

Complete the 18 credits needed for your business certificate program in as little as one year.

Which class should I take? When should I take it?

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Smaller class sizes means you get more one-on-one time with professors.
This program requires just 18 credits to complete

Why study business at Davenport University?

While earning your business certificate, you’ll get personalized attention from professors who are experts in their fields. Multiple campus clubs give you the opportunity to gain real-world business acumen and start building future career connections. 

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Easy transition to the next program

Easily move onto your associate degree or bachelor’s in business and beyond after you earn your business certificate.


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Personalized attention from professors

Smaller classroom sizes mean you get one-on-one attention from expert faculty. 


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Flexible scheduling

Choose to complete your 18 credits in person or online––whichever suits your schedule. 


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Cutting edge education

Learn the most up-to-date business processes from expert faculty.


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Build career connections

Participate in campus clubs like Business Professionals of America and more.  


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Scholarships available

Financial aid is available for Davenport business students.


Get started on your business certificate

Take the next step toward earning your business certificate at one of the best business schools in Michigan. 

Talk to an admissions advisor

Davenport’s admissions team is here to answer your questions. Please call us at 800.686.1600 or email us at

Apply now for free or request more information

Start on the road to a successful career in business. Request more information or begin your application now.

Your business certificate stackable degrees

Davenport University's Business Principles Certificate was designed as a building block for our associate, bachelor and master-level degree offerings. After finishing this stackable certificate, you'll be able to seamlessly apply the credits you earned to the degrees listed below –– all while earning resume-boosting recognition along the way.


Stack 1: Business Principles Certificate

Stack 2: Associate

Business Administration

Stack 3: Bachelor


Human Resource Management

Industrial Production Management



Sport Management

Stack 4: Master

Business Administration

About Davenport University

Davenport Campus

Davenport is a private, not-for-profit university with more than 150 years of experience preparing students for successful careers.

Offering over 80 degree and certificate programs, we align with top employers to design degree programs that help you gain the skills and real-world experience you need to rise above the rest. With small class sizes and campuses across Michigan or online, you’ll earn a quality education on your schedule at Davenport University.*

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
View a full list of those programs and courses


Davenport University, 2023/2024 Catalog