Expand your business expertise.

Business Essentials Micro-credential

Is this program right for you?

Our micro-credential is designed for working professionals who desire additional skills in finance, accounting, business law, and management.  This 100% online program is ideal for business leaders who want to expand their business expertise but are unsure whether graduate study is the right fit.

For students who do plan to pursue graduate study, the Business Essentials micro-credential provides smooth pathways for admission and advanced standing credit toward multiple programs: the Professional MBA and MS in Management.

Designed for working professionals

  • Just five courses that are offered 100% online
  • 9-credit non-degree certificate
  • Completed in just two semesters
  • Pathways to admission in multiple graduate degrees
  • Flat tuition structure with no fees; pay for the entire program by semester

Why pursue a micro-credential?

Lifelong learning is increasingly available to students and, often, expected by potential employers. A micro-credential shows employers that you're willing to invest time and resources in your professional development - even if you're not prepared to complete a full graduate degree.

At the same time, Duquesne micro-credential students benefit from the accessibility, small class sizes, and faculty expertise that are hallmarks of the AACSB-accredited Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. You'll study alongside full-time graduate students in graduate courses while following a curriculum that meets your needs. Successfully completing the Business Essentials micro-credential leads to 7.5 credit hours of advanced standing credit toward the Professional MBA or 6 credit hours of advanced standing credit toward the MS in Management, and students who earn a 3.25 GPA or better in the micro-credential will qualify for GMAT/GRE waivers when applying for a graduate degree.