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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) 


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 

Application Deadlines
Fall Semester
May 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Semester
March 15


  • A 186Accounting & the Business Environment3 Credits
  • F 200Foundations of Financial Management3 Credits
  • M 200Marketing and Society 3 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: $275.17
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $825.51
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $957.58
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2872.74

Additional fees will apply.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education

    With more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.