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Certificates in the College of Business

In addition to majors, minors and emphases, some departments in the College of Business offer certificate programs. Read more about certificate programs below. View the required coursework on the Certificate Planning Sheet.

Business Analysis Certificate | 12 credits

This Business Analysis Certificate will prepare students fo technology and business-related careers by focusing on understanding business, analysis and design, database and project management.

Certificate is open to all University students, except BBA Information Systems majors and information system minors.

Business Analytics Certificate | 12 credits

This statistically rigorous certificate was created to meet the current statistical/data analysis needs of businesses; accordingly, the certificate consists of three research methods courses. Open to all students.

Business Economics Certificate | 12 credits

The Business Economics Certificate is open to all non-business and non-economics majors and minors. It serves as a smaller and more achievable version of the Business Economics minor for students who want to complete a general business and economics program but are unable to complete a full minor degree with their desired credit load.

Certificate in Management Accounting (CMA)

Professional recognition as a management accountant can be obtained by passing the examination required for a Certificate in Management Accounting (CMA).

The CMA exam consists of two parts:

  1. Financial Planning, Performance and Control
  2. Financial Decision Making

Students are eligible to apply to take the CMA exam during their (graduating) senior semester, and are also eligible to receive a 50 percent discount on the exam fee.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Certificate

Under Wisconsin state law, any individual who practices public accounting, including auditing financial accounting records and preparing of accounting reports which are made public, must be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In Wisconsin, to sit for the exam the candidate must have 150 semester hours of education, an accounting concentration and a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

The CPA exam (150 hour requirement) has four sections:

  1. Auditing and Attestation (AUD)
  2. Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)
  3. Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)
  4. Regulation (REG)

Wisconsin also has a three-year practice requirement which must be met before a certificate is granted. This experience must include 1 1/2 years at a level where an individual is responsible for independent decisions.

BUS 150-Hour CPA Exam Eligibility Certificate

General Requirements:

  • Complete or have completed bachelor’s or master’s (before beginning certificate program)
  • Complete or have completed BUS 150 total credits
  • Complete or have completed a minimum of 12 credits of UW Oshkosh business and/or economic courses
  • Complete or have completed a minimum of six- 400 level accounting credits at UW Oshkosh
  • Complete or have completed all courses listed as required below


MATH 204 – Finite Math

24 Credits in Business/Economics Courses

ECON 204 – Economics Macro
ECON 206 – Economics Micro
ECON 210 – Economics Statistics
IS  311 – Essentials of Information Systems
BUS 321 – Business Law I or equivalent course
FIN 331 – Essentials of Finance
SCM 341 – Essentials of Operations Management
MHR 351 – Essentials of Organizational Behavior and Strategy
MHR 361 – Essentials of Human Resource Management
MKT 371 – Essentials of Marketing

6 Credits of Introductory Accounting (may have completed as part of a prior degree)

ACCT 206 – Essentials of Financial Accounting
ACCT 207 – Essentials of Managerial Accounting
ACCT 208 – Financial Accounting Cycle

27 Credits in Accounting Concentration

ACCT 301 – Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 302 – Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 303 – Cost Management
ACCT 304 – Advanced Cost Management
ACCT 305 – Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 401 – Auditing
ACCT 403 – Federal Income Taxation
ACCT 404 – Advanced Federal Income Taxation
ACCT 405 – Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting

Recommended Accounting Elective Courses (to increase probability of success on CPA Exam)

ACCT 406 – International Accounting
ACCT 407 – Fraud Examination
ACCT 408 – Advanced Accounting
ACCT 409 – Topics (if offered)
BUS 422 – Business Law II

For more information, please contact the Accounting Administrative Support Office at (920) 424-3027.

Cybersecurity Certificate | 12 credits

The cybersecurity certificate focuses on the practice of ensuring the integrity, confidentiality and availability of information, information systems and technology.

Certificate is open to all University students, except BBA Information Systems majors and information system minors.

Digital Marketing Certificate | 9 credits

Almost all businesses today engage in some form of digital marketing. More than one-third of UW Oshkosh Marketing students have an internship in digital marketing or social media management. Preparing for a career in digital marketing will prepare you for one of the hottest job categories in the field of Marketing. Customers find your business’s website through a search engine so marketers must understand how to optimize websites and use search engine ads to increase the likelihood customers find you on the web. Email marketing and social media can be great tools for promoting a business, product, service, experience or idea. Leveraging these tools properly will help you drive customers to your website. The internet provides the opportunity to track customers and learn more about their preferences. Armed with this data, companies have the ability to find more customers through a variety of digital channels. In this emphasis, students get hands-on practice on how to execute elements of a digital marketing strategy but also how to use specific performance-based feedback to adapt their marketing strategy to maximize performance.

Required courses:

MARKET 363: Digital Marketing
MARKET 428: Digital Marketing Analytics

Plus choose one of the electives:

MARKET 376: Advertising & Integrated Marketing Communication
IS 350: Ecommerce Technology
Computer Science 125: Website Development
Journalism 251: Multimedia Production

*Electives within the Digital Marketing Emphasis cannot double count for the IWM Major.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Certificate | 12 credits

This Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) certificate focuses on understanding the business process, the role of ERP, project management, analysis and hands-on usage of ERP systems.

Certificate is open to all University students, except BBA Information Systems majors and information system minors.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate | 9 credits

Today every business needs to be innovative to compete and they seek employees who know something about innovation and entrepreneurship. This certificate provides students with an insight into how to successfully start new business ventures, and create innovation and growth in existing businesses with entrepreneurial thinking. The Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation compliments any major program at the university by providing a pathway to pursue the study of entrepreneurship and innovation in a cross disciplinary approach - empowering students to think innovatively in their pursuit of knowledge.

The program requires a total of nine credits composed of three classes (nine credits), including MHR 373 Entrepreneurship. The certificate will appear on your transcript.

Official Title: Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Prerequisites: Department Consent
Eligibility: Open to any student interested in understanding the process, network, and resources necessary to develop their own startup venture. Students from the Oshkosh, Fox Valley, and Fond du Lac campuses are eligible to enroll. Not available to Management/Family Business & Entrepreneurship concentration majors.

Any student interested in the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation should discuss with their academic advisor.

Further questions can be directed to Sarah DeArmond, Chair of the Management and Human Resources Department.

Finance and Investments Certificate | 9 credits

The Finance and Investments Certificate will compliment all business majors (other than finance majors). This nine-credit certificate will be especially attractive to economics majors, information system majors, and marketing majors who would like to work with financial institutions or investment firms. Many businesses and nonprofits desire graduates that can connect their major of study with finance and investments. 

Financial Management Certificate | 9 credits

The Financial Management Certificate will compliment all business majors (other than finance majors). This nine-credit certificate will be especially attractive to human resources management majors, management majors, and supply chain management majors who would like to work with manufacturing firms or nonprofits. Many businesses and nonprofits desire graduates that can connect their major of study with financial management.

Human Resource Management Certificate | 12 credits

Every future manager should know something about how to manage people. With this emphasis, students can explore important areas of human resource management that can help future employers follow legal standards while maximizing their effectiveness at managing the people that make up an organization.

Information Systems Certificate | 12 credits

The Information Systems Certificate focuses  on providing a background on business, information systems, analysis and design and an introduction to coding.

Certificate is open to all University students, except BBA Information Systems majors and information system minors.

Insurance and Risk Management Certificate | 9 credits

The Insurance & Risk Certificate will compliment all business and non-business majors by helping students learn the language of insurance and risk. This nine-credit certificate incorporates hands-on learning with our insurance partners through industry presentations, visits to insurance campuses, various networking events, and the offer of membership to Gamma Iota Sigma. Students will become more aware of the role that risk and insurance plays in their own lives, as well as how society and businesses assess these concerns.

International Economics Certificate | 15 credits

The International Economics Certificate is open to all students except for BA and BS Economics Majors. The courses in this certificate program are centered on increasing students’ knowledge of international economic systems and trade and capital markets. The certificate also highlights economic systems in other regions of the world, and includes a study abroad experience as an elective.

International Business Certificate | 9 credits

Not Open to Global Business minors. 

This International Business Certificate gives you knowledge and experience working with business functions in various parts of the world. It is a compliment to any undergraduate degree, courses focus on working with different cultures and regulations of international business. This includes classes like global marketing and international finance. You may also be required to complete a course in another country.


Marketing Certificate | 12 credits

This certificate complements and enhances other primary majors (non-business) and career options. The field of marketing is built to complement many different courses of study, including (but not limited to):

  • Art – designing promotion materials
  • Communication – formulating promotional message
  • Journalism – development targeted public relations messages
  • Psychology – theories underpinning consumer behavior
  • Mathematics – marketing analytics
  • Computer science – consumer data/big data management

Sales Certificate | 9 credits

The Sales Certificate will provide non-Marketing students with an opportunity to increase their marketability in a competitive job market. This certificate can help all students, whether they plan to enter sales or non-sales areas. For students who wish to enter sales, the certificate helps understand different types of sales and helps future sales companies onboard, retain, promote, and leverage talents. For students who enter non-sales areas, this certificate can help with understanding how sales work in order to interface with, leverage, and support sales areas productively.


Supply Chain Management Certificate | 12 credits

The Supply Chain Management Certificate is open to all UW Oshkosh, aside from BBA Supply Chain Management Majors. This certificate helps students seeking greater knowledge to prepare for opportunities in Supply Chain Management.

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Oshkosh, WI 54901