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The Vanderbilt Business Management Certificate
Owen Graduate School of Management

Business Certificate
Quick Facts

  • Next start date: 4/3/2023
  • Completion time: 6 months
  • Format: Fully online, completed at your own pace
  • Cost per course: $995
  • Total certificate cost: $3,980 $3,795 with $185 certificate discount
  • Rankings: No. 13, Vanderbilt University (U.S. News & World Report); No. 25, Best Business Schools list (U.S. News & World Report); No. 4, Best Professors list (Princeton Review); No. 5, Smartest Colleges in America (Business Insider)


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A comprehensive certificate designed especially for working professionals

Finish your certificate in one year or less, even while working full-time. Class content is presented in short segments that can be consumed on your schedule.

A personal experience for every student

We don’t just teach you the best business strategies—we also teach you how to adapt them to your current role or organization. Course discussions, assignments, and projects can all be tailored to your unique goals.

A close-knit community with career support

The Owen community is competitive, not cutthroat. Our small class sizes and supportive environment give participants the chance to better connect with faculty and each other.

A program that builds, strengthens, and refines strategic business skills

These courses offer MBA-level content developed for professionals regardless of background, education, or experience.

You’re just 4 courses away
from transforming your career.

Business Management

The Vanderbilt online Business Management Certificate, offered by the Owen Graduate School of Management, is made for professionals who want to gain a competitive advantage, increase their value within their organization, and build their personal brand.

These courses are also available to take individually, but you must take all 4 to earn the Vanderbilt Business Management Certificate.

The certificate program allows students to learn fundamental business skills that are useful for anyone who operates in a business, whether it’s a nonprofit or for profit. But, equally well, we focus on the softer skills around leadership, managing teams, and managing yourself, that really apply in any situation.

M. Eric JohnsonRalph Owen Dean, Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management



When you complete all 4 courses in this certificate, you will earn 4.5 continuing education units and will be able to:

  • Speak the language of business
  • Engage in and influence strategic decisions
  • Design and lead successful projects
  • Develop an executive presence
  • Drive the adoption of innovative ideas
  • Evaluate a firm’s financial performance
  • Manage risk effectively
  • Practice highly effective self and team leadership techniques

These tools are commonly sought after by senior management when identifying high-potential employees and awarding promotions as well as other growth opportunities.

Build Your Network

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All online courses include opportunities to engage in discussions with other members of the cohort, providing an opportunity to forge lifelong professional relationships.

Joining the Vanderbilt community ushers you into a diverse network of professionals, each with something unique to bring to the table. Discover more about our Business Management Certificate participants and see how you can expand your network by viewing our class profile.

Ready to learn more? Download our program quick guide, and explore our curriculum, registration, and FAQ pages.