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Program Description

The Applied Business Management certificate provides students with the basic principles to run a business effectively. Graduates will possess a well-rounded business education covering a wide range of subjects including emerging technologies, advanced business procedures, interpersonal skills, principles of accounting, human relations, customer service, business law, finance and logic.

Instructors bring real-world experience to the classroom and offer a practical understanding of the marketplace.

The certificate in Applied Business Management is a gateway to a variety of Associate of Applied Science degrees, in particular UAF’s associate degree in Applied Business.

Courses (30-36 Credits)

Major Requirements

  • Business Math
  • Human Relations
  • Principles of Accounting I
  • Personal and Business Finance
  • Introduction to Business
  • Business English OR Business Communications OR Introduction to Academic Writing OR Business, Grant and Report Writing

Concentrations (choose one)

Computer Applications

  • Microcomputer Word Processing
  • Microcomputer Spreadsheets
  • Microcomputer Databases
  • Using Internet Tools and Technologies OR Implementing Internet Tools and Technologies


  • Principles of Banking
  • Income Tax
  • Financial Management
  • Introduction to Investing

General Business

  • Principles of Accounting II OR Income Tax OR QuickBooks Accounting OR Microcomputer Accounting OR Fund Accounting for Nonprofits
  • Fundamentals of Supervision OR Introductory Human Resources Management
  • Contemporary Management Issues OR Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics OR Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics
  • Marketing Practices OR Public Relations OR Principles of Marketing

Human Resources

  • Payroll Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Supervision
  • Introduction to Personnel OR Introductory Human Resources Management
  • Employment Law


  • Customer Service
  • Professionalism
  • Marketing Practices OR Public Relations OR Principles of Marketing
  • Graphics or Web Design Elective

Public Management

  • Fund Accounting for Nonprofits
  • Political Economy
  • Introduction to American Government and Politics OR Contemporary Management Issues
  • Introduction to Public Administration

Office Administration

  • Business English
  • Office Procedures
  • Choose 6 credits from the following:
      • Advanced Job Readiness (2 credits)
      • Practicum in Applied Business (1 credit)
      • Microcomputer Word Processing (3 credits)
      • Microcomputer Spreadsheets (3 credits)
      • Computer Business Applications (3 credits)

Refer to the UAF Catalog for the full list of course requirements.

Cost Breakdown
Tuition Fees Other Expenses
$175-$234/credit $6/credit UA Facilities Fee $40 Application Fee
$9/credit UA Network Fee $50 Graduation Fee
$50/credit UAF Consolidated Fee Costs for course materials will vary.

Estimated Cost of Program Based on Current Rates: $7,467 – $9,402 depending on your concentration

For more about UAF costs, visit our Financial Aid website.

Careers in Which Our Graduates Excel
  • Entrepreneur
  • Entry-level positions in business management, tourism, human resources, public administration and office administration
Admissions Requirements

No special admissions requirements. General UAF requirements for a certificate can be found here.

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