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Business Essentials Certificate

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Are you interested in advancing your career with new skills that will expand your knowledge of fundamental business concepts? If so, the eSpelman Business Essentials Certificate is for you!

This completely online certificate provides an overview of core business skills relevant for any career, including the fundamentals of financial management, data-driven decision-making, and effective oral and written communication skills to drive results.

This certificate program is designed to be accessible for those with or without college experience and to give students in-demand career skills while also earning credits that can be applied towards a degree.

What You’ll Learn

  • Describe core concepts related to data for decision making such as collection, management, and application of data.
  • Analyze and forecast financial statements, ratio analysis, Time Value of Money Techniques, and valuation of security instruments.
  • Communicate the results of financial analysis effectively.
  • Explain the foundational concepts of data and data analytics, identify different types of data, and recognize the value of making business-defining decisions using data and data analytics.

Program Info 

2024 Term Start Dates

Term 1: Monday, Jan. 22
Term 2: Monday, Apr. 22
Term 3: Monday, Aug. 5
Term 4: Monday, Oct. 14

Time Commitment

Approximately 6 Hours / Week

Program Duration

Two 8-week courses

Number of College Credits



$1,800 per course 




  • High school diploma or equivalent


The Business Essentials Certificate consists of two eight-week courses for a total of six credit hours. Both courses are offered online only and are self-paced.

Course Credit Hours
Financial Management 3
Data-driven Decision-making 3


We are launching this eSpelman Certificate at the inaugural price of $1,800 per course. This deeply-discounted rate will only be available for a limited time.


All courses in this certificate are online. Learn in your own time and schedule from anywhere you choose!

Spelman Faculty Course Developers

Marionette Holmes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Economics

Felicia Roquemore
Management and Organization Instructor