The Certificate in Business (CIB) program provides non-business students the opportunity to earn a concentration in a clearly defined academic program in business. The coursework allows students to develop a foundational understanding of business and apply this to their specific field, such as international studies or engineering. In addition to careers related to their own fields, students who earn the certificate have also found job opportunities in management, marketing, and other business fields in the past.
There are no specific courses that must be taken before applying. If a student chooses to take CIB courses before being admitted, the courses will fulfill requirements after admission.
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:
- 54 degree credits (junior standing)
- 12 GPA credits (transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 credits at UW-Madison)
- 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA (This GPA does not guarantee admission to the CIB)
- Grades and GPAs from transfer coursework do not count toward CIB admission.
- Currently enrolled UW-Madison student
- Undergraduate, degree-seeking student (non-business)
The application is available the first week of the semester and due the 4th Friday of the semester by 4:30 p.m.
Effective fall 2013, the Certificate in Business application requires an essay on behalf of the applicant. The essay prompt is: "Please provide a detailed description of how the Certificate in Business will enable you to more completely fulfill your goals, both educational and professional. Be specific regarding how the CIB will be integrated with your current program, School, and/or major." (500 word maximum)
Admission decisions are based primarily on cumulative UW-Madison GPA and fit for the program as evidenced through the applicant's essay. All admission decisions are final and there is no appeal process for denied students.
Students will be charged a $150 tuition differential each semester they are enrolled in the CIB program.
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Certificate in Business Admission Statistics
Information below is data related to the Certificate in Business admission process. The information presented is for students who were admitted for the semester indicated.
**From Fall 2013 and forward, admission statistics are based on cumulative GPA and applicant essay and the corresponding GPA listed is the average GPA of admitted students. Prior to Fall 2013, admission was based solely on cumulative GPA and the corresponding GPA listed is the minimum GPA of admitted students.
Students admitted to the CIB program must complete the CIB requirements prior to or concurrently with their degree requirements. Students who have graduated and have not completed all CIB requirements will be withdrawn from the program. For example, a student graduating in May 2005 may not complete any remaining CIB requirements during the summer 2005 semester or thereafter.
Students admitted to the CIB program who will not be continuing their education at UW-Madison need to withdraw from the CIB program by completing a CIB Cancellation form.
Students admitted to the CIB program who are re-entering UW-Madison after any kind of leave of absence (study abroad, personal reasons, etc.) to complete their undergraduate degree do not need to re-apply to the CIB program. Students are automatically enrolled into the CIB program upon re-entry to UW-Madison. However, it is the student’s responsibility to verify that the CIB has been re-declared and appears on the student’s record. If re-entry students do not wish to complete the CIB program, they must complete a CIB Cancellation form.
Students admitted to the CIB may withdraw themselves from the program by completing and submitting a CIB Cancellation form. If students know they will not complete all CIB requirements, withdrawal from the program as soon as possible is requested. This will make your space available to future students applying to the CIB.
Upon successful completion of all CIB requirements prior to or concurrently with degree requirements, students will have “Awarded Certificate in Business” notated on official transcripts for the semester in which the last CIB requirements are completed. Students do not receive a separate paper certificate, nor is the certificate notated on a diploma.