Business Management Certificate

Earn Your Certificate in One Year

Explore a career in business management with this 21-credit-hour certificate program. You’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to seek entry-level to mid-management positions in sales, customer service, operations and office administration.

Classes focus on business organization, leadership, principles of management, organizational behavior and more. Instructors are a mix of full-time faculty and working professionals who are experts in the business management field.

This program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information, visit the Business Administration Program page.

Space is limited for the February 2022 program start.

Benefits of This Fast Track Certificate

  • Full-time workers will enjoy a fixed schedule of one-night-per-week classes that map your path to a Business Management certificate (classes are currently online).
  • Earn college credit that can be applied toward an accredited Associate's degree.
  • Get support from academic advisors throughout the program.
  • Apply concepts and ideas to your job instantly with in-class activities and assignments on real-world applications.
  • Bring your current job knowledge to class interactions as you learn and work toward quick completion.
  • Learn from industry professionals with extensive experience in management.

What You'll Learn

  • Learn business organization and leadership.
  • Evaluate major business functions and related technologies domestically and globally.
  • Demonstrate soft skills: emotional intelligence, leadership and teamwork.
  • Explore a business career direction.
  • Demonstrate rational and informed decision making that supports the company goals based on relevant data.
  • Identify motivational tools and techniques to pursue company goals.
  • Write and speak more effectively in business situations.

Sample Course Schedule - Business Management Certificate

Your actual schedule may be different. Classes held at the main Palatine campus (classes are currently online).

Timeframe Course # Credit Hours Course Name


Attend a mandatory orientation focused on your success in the program.

Semester 1

MGT 111


Introduction to Business Organization


MGT 280


Organizational Behavior

Semester 2

MGT 270


Principles of Management


ACC 216


Employment Law

Semester 3

MGT 205




MGT 291


Strategic Management

Semester 4

MGT 150


Business Math

21 credits: Business Management Certificate earned.

Job Outlook and Wage Information

As a Business Management Certificate graduate, there are plenty of career directions in the field for you to consider, such as:

  • Customer Service Representative
  • Retail Supervisor
  • Office Manager

You could be employed by a wide variety of organizations, ranging from financial services and manufacturing to government and education.

Next Steps

For more information about Harper's Fast Track Program, please contact us at 847.925.6438 or, schedule an appointment or attend an info session.

Last Updated: 10/6/21