Ideas and inventions are generated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison every day in every major. Not only will the majority of UW-Madison graduates work for a business or nonprofit in the future, but students across campus are greatly interested in augmenting their degrees with the focused training in areas employers find attractive.

Providing the access to this sort of training is the very crux of our mission as a public institution.

The Wisconsin School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to both business and non-business students campuswide.

Undergraduate Certificates

Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science

The Actuarial Science program at Wisconsin School of Business is recognized as one of the 12 inaugural Centers of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries (SOA). The Capstone Certificate in Actuarial Science is a post-baccalaureate non-degree program that prepares students to pass the credentialing exams required by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) or the SOA. Students enter on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Certificate in Business

The Certificate in Business (CIB) program is an option for non-business students who wish to earn a clearly defined concentration in an academic business program.

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is ideal for students excited about entrepreneurship, whether they intend to launch their own business, work for a young venture, or pilot a new initiative embedded in an existing organization. Knowledge and skills gained emphasize envisioning new opportunities, taking the steps to found a new organization, finding funding for new ventures, and managing growth or exit events. Critical analysis of entrepreneurship’s role in society is also a focus.

Graduate Certificates

Certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility

University of Wisconsin graduate students may earn a Certificate (or Ph.D. minor) in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility (BESR). The BESR students learn both the strategic application of business principles to social and environmental challenges and the systematic integration of sustainability into management decision-making.

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship is appropriate for graduate students who anticipate starting or working for new ventures. The curriculum focuses on imagining and bringing to life new enterprises, finding start-up investment, and managing their growth and exit events.

Certificate in Strategic Innovation: Organizations, Technology, and Society

The Certificate in Strategic Innovation: Organizations, Technology, and Society is expressly for graduate students anticipating working on existing firms’ innovative projects. Students gain knowledge and skills equipping them to anticipate major societal shifts affecting the value of innovation, including technological evolution; choose among different innovative projects; understand product development processes within established organizations; and anticipate the social consequences of organizational innovation.