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Business Foundations

Undergraduate Certificate

Understanding the foundations of business is an excellent way to advance your career in any industry.

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Business Foundations offers fast-paced, application-oriented instruction in fundamental business knowledge. It is especially designed for students with work and family commitments.

As a student in the program, you acquire a basic understanding of the core disciplines of business. The curriculum explores topics such as accounting, business management, marketing, human resource management, financial management, and operations management. Your instructors are all business professionals.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Business Foundations prepares you for such careers as:

  • Administrative assistant 
  • Office manager 
  • Customer service representative 
  • Receptionist 
  • Secretary 
  • Copy machine operator 
  • Machine operator 
  • Human resource associate 
  • Marketing assistant 
  • Payroll coordinator 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Business Foundations, you must complete 21 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Business foundations core courses (18 credit hours) 
  • Business foundations elective course (3 credit hours) 

Student Services

IU Online provides quick and easy access to tools, tips, and IU resources to help you succeed, including:    

  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you  
  • Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU 
  • Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management 
  • Success Coaching: One-on-one support to reach your academic and personal goals 
  • Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants 
  • Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career 
  • Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians 
  • Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training 
  • 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:
  • Complete application for admission.  
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.  
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or:
       IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
       Cavanaugh Hall 147 
       425 University Boulevard 
       Indianapolis, IN 46202 


A 186Accounting & the Business Environment3 Credits
F 200Foundations of Financial Management3 Credits
M 200Marketing and Society3 Credits
P 200Foundations of Operations & Supply Chain Management3 Credits
W 200Introduction to Business & Management3 Credits
Z 200Introduction to Human Resource Practices3 Credits
E 101Survey of Economic Issues and Problems3 Credits
F 260Personal Finance3 Credits
L 100Personal Law3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $296.09
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $888.27

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is eligible for financial aid at IUPUI. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $1031.33
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $3093.99
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