Online Undergraduate Certificate
Essential Business Practices

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Overview of the Online Certificate in Essential Business Practices

Build foundational skills and knowledge for your business career.

Start your journey toward a rewarding career in business with IWU’s Essential Business Practices Certificate. This program develops your foundational business skills and creates a pathway to earning an associate degree – plus, you can complete the certificate in just eight months. Courses cover key topics relating to business success, including personal financial management, business communications, management, software applications, and accounting functions.

Upon completion of this certificate, you will be prepared for entry-level roles in banking, customer service, and retail. You can also transfer the credits from your certificate into our associate-level business program to complete your degree and broaden your career opportunities. When you pursue this certificate at IWU, you get:

  • Weekly synchronous lessons from faculty members
  • Opportunity to earn IWU business skill badges
  • Seamless transition to A.S. in business

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Demonstrate foundational business communication skills
  • Apply financial concepts to personal money management
  • Utilize software applications to manage business transactions and functions
  • Apply business management principles to real-life business scenarios
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform basic accounting functions
  • Integrate a biblical and ethical framework that guides business and personal decision-making

Career Options

  • Banking
  • Customer Service
  • Retail


18 Total
$305/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

6 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence. Students must complete either ACC-203 or BIS-225, but not both.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Proof of standard high school diploma, GED certification, or country equivalent.

  • Complete the 18 credit hours with a grade of at least a “C” in each course.
  • Payment of tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.


The Essential Business Practices Certificate at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024