The Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals provides basic business education to students pursuing majors outside of the Wisconsin School of Business. The 12-credit certificate is designed to be completed over multiple summer terms with in-person and online course options, making it a more flexible option for students seeking fundamental business knowledge. Knowledge gained through the Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals aims to better prepare students for business-related careers upon graduation. 

The Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals is not open to students declared in a major in the School of Business or the Certificate in Business

To declare students must have completed 12 credits in residence at UW-Madison and have earned a minimum GPA of 2.75.

To declare the certificate, go to the Academic Forms page and complete the Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals declaration form.

Students are expected to take 9 of the 12 required credits in-residence during the summer term.

Required Courses

ACCT I S 300 Accounting Principles 13
or ACCT I S 100 Introductory Financial Accounting
Select three of the following:
Introduction to Finance
Marketing Management
Managing Organizations
Operations Management
Principles of Risk Management

Students are strongly encouraged to take ACCT I S 300, unless ACCT I S 100 is required by their major.

Quality of Work

A minimum 2.000 GPA on required certificate coursework. Completed courses listed within the certificate curriculum, whether or not they meet a specific requirement, are included in the calculation of the GPA.

A minimum grade of C must be earned in each course.

9 of the 12 required credits must be taken in-residence (UW-Madison on-campus, study abroad, or distance courses).


This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Describe basic business measurement as conveyed through accounting methods and reports. Read and interpret a balance sheet and income statement.
  2. Describe the basic risk and return relationship and the use of diversification to manage overall risk.
  3. Identify and describe basic business strategy and processes.
  4. Measure and interpret cost benefit analysis including consideration of time value of money concepts.


Students declared in the Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals will have an assigned academic advisor and career coach.  More information can be found on the School of Business website.