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Summer Certificate Programs


Looking for something more in-depth than an individual course? The UW offers a variety of Summer Quarter certificate programs, giving you the chance to take a deeper dive into a particular subject.

Certificate programs consist of a series of related courses that focus on a specific area of professional interest. Courses are generally taught by experienced industry professionals and focus on providing hands-on learning in the classroom. After you successfully complete the courses in your program, you receive a certificate from UW Professional & Continuing Education that you can use to boost your resume.

You will also earn regular course credit, and your academic transcript will list the certificate courses you completed. However, your transcript will not list the certificate itself.

Certificate Offerings

Business Essentials

Get a thorough grounding in the fundamental aspects of business: marketing, management, accounting and finance. In three complementary courses, you'll learn about customer markets, business models, people management, core business processes, financial basics, ethics and other topics. The program includes a capstone project that requires you to author a business plan for a startup venture, product line or existing organization. (12 credits)

Appropriate for all students, especially those interested in starting their own business or in pursuing management positions. Course credit cannot be applied towards a UW Business degree.

"Without the Certificate in Business Essentials program, I wouldn’t have gotten into the work that I’m doing now as part of a start-up company. I've utilized everything that we used in class to continue the challenging task of breaking into a market."

Shawn Tramble
Sales Executive, Aquor Water Systems

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Course Title Credits Term
MGMT 275: Management Essentials 3 Full
ACCTG 275: Accounting and Financial Essentials 3 Full
MKTG 275: Marketing Essentials 3 A
MGMT 490: Business Plan Capstone 3 B

Note: You must successfully complete all courses to receive the certificate.


Database Management

Learn how to help organizations capture, store, retrieve and analyze information in meaningful ways. The program’s two courses cover the fundamentals of database management technology, design, development and administration. You will study the principles of database design and administration, learn how to perform data modeling and explore how to query a database using SQL. (10 credits)

Appropriate for all students, especially those with an interest in technology, information management, IT or business intelligence.

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Course Title Credits Term
INFO 240: Database Management Fundamentals I 5 A
INFO 245: Database Management Fundamentals II 5 B

Note: You must successfully complete all courses to receive the certificate.


Localization: Language and Technology for the Global Market

Build on your existing foreign language skills by gaining a solid understanding of the important role that localization plays in today’s world of business and technology. Learn about the key factors for making a website or software package available in another language, including understanding cultural norms and geopolitical issues; thinking about local time and date formats; and translating software strings, help files and user interfaces. Connect with instructors and guest speakers from the industry to learn firsthand the skills that successful localization managers need today. (10 credits)

Appropriate for international or bilingual students, foreign language students, computer science students or UI/UX designers interested in the subject. Students should have studied at least one of year of any foreign language at the college level or three years at the high school level.

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Course Title Credits Term
LING 373: Introduction to Localization and Project Management 5 A
LING 374: Localization Technology and Tools 5 B

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Quantitative Fundamentals of Computational Finance

Acquire a comprehensive set of tools to prepare for deeper study of quantitative finance or to enter or advance in the financial or investment industries. You will master the mathematical, statistical and economic fundamentals that are key to various financial professions today and will also develop a basic understanding of R programming. (11 credits)

Appropriate for students with an aptitude for math and statistics as well as students interested in the financial or investment industries. Students must complete one of the following prerequisites: ECON 311/STAT 311, MATH 390/STAT 390, Q SCI 381, or the equivalent.

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For information on registering for classes, see the Registration & Costs section of this site.