Certification of Professional Achievement in Business

Certification of Professional Achievement in Business

Build essential skills in marketing, finance, and management.


Based on your personal interest and professional experience, and working closely with your academic advisor, Certification of Professional Achievement in Business students can choose from among more than 20 graduate-level courses taught by University faculty who are seasoned practitioners in their fields. Course subjects include:

  • marketing
  • finance
  • management
  • accounting
  • communications
  • risk management
  • mediation
  • negotiation
  • decision models
  • knowledge management
A Program that Fits Your Schedule

Available online and on campus, on-campus courses meet at 6:10 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time), and you can complete the program at the pace you’re most comfortable with, whether part-time or full-time.

Attending classes on Columbia’s campus in New York City, you will interact with faculty and fellow students, gain access to world-class libraries and other resources, and have the opportunity to attend events and participate in student activities.

Online, you will interact with faculty and classmates through a social learning platform that incorporates weekly live discussion groups, independent and collaborative coursework, and forums. Courses meet at 8:30 p.m. EST online. (International students studying on campus may enroll in one online class each semester.)

Who Should Apply
  • individuals seeking a foundation in business fundamentals
  • individuals who plan to pursue an MBA
  • professionals who want to enhance their knowledge in a specific area of business
  • advanced undergraduates

The 12-point Certification of Professional Achievement in Business, which may be completed full-time in one term or part-time over two years, is comprised of:

You may further customize your certification by working with your academic advisor to substitute up to two courses with graduate-level electives in business-related subjects. Potentially you may also cross register for select courses at other Columbia schools.

To complete the program, you must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and no course grades below a C. Upon completion, you will receive a Certification of Professional Achievement in Business and you may request an official transcript indicating your grades.

How to Apply
Visiting Students Undergraduates or graduates at another institution. See Details >
Adults & Professionals Individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher degree. See Details >

Contact the Department


business [at] sps.columbia.edu
Other Program Contacts

Application Document Submission and Application Processing Questions

Mailing Address and Campus Location
Office of Enrollment Management
School of Professional Studies
203 Lewisohn Hall
2970 Broadway, Mail Code 4119
New York, NY 10027-6902

Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.