Develop core business skills to take your career to the next level

Business Essentials Graduate Certificate

Designed to enhance your understanding and apply business concepts, Davenport University's Business Essentials Graduate Certificate will help you to gain the most in-demand skills required to take your career to the next level. Boost your resume and take the business essentials certificate 100% online through Davenport's Global Campus

Through a general study of the contemporary theories and concepts in an organization or business, Davenport's business essentials certificate will open doors for you to advance in your career.

Is a business essentials certificate worth it?  

As you consider the online business essentials certificate at Davenport, you may be wondering, “Is a business essentials certificate worth it?” Whether you have an educational background in business or not, a certificate in business essentials will provide a general review of the basic concepts of marketing and management  — preparing you to grow in your career. This online business essentials certificate also prepares you to enroll in the master of business administration at Davenport.

Explore classes for Davenport's business essentials certificate

Davenport's coursework will introduce the principles of financial accounting, emphasizing the understanding and interpretation of financial data, as well as the fundamental concept of financial management and the basic statistics necessary for business. Descriptive and inferential statistical methods, including probabilities of random events, are applied in problem-solving and decision-making situations.

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

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Finish this graduate certificate program in just one semester
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Why pursue a business essentials certificate at Davenport?

In as little as one semester, you’ll develop a foundational understanding of business. You’ll be well-positioned for new job opportunities. By earning the business essentials certificate, you’ll be poised for advancement within your career. While earning your business certificate, you’ll get personalized attention from professors who are experts in their fields.

Experience the Davenport difference:

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Easy transition to the next program

Easily move on towards getting your MBA degree 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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Learn from leaders

Take graduate courses from industry-experienced leaders so you’re prepared for a career in any industry, anywhere in the world.   


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IACBE accreditation

Earn a business certificate that holds specialized accreditation by the IACBE


Get started on your graduate certificate in business essentials 

Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your graduate certificate in business essentials at Davenport. 

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

Apply now or request more information

Start on the road toward boosting your resume with Davenport's Business Essentials Graduate Certificate. Request more information or begin your application now.

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
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Davenport University, 2023/2024 Catalog