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Certificates

There’s nothing minor about a certificate from UW–Madison

You’ve already figured out your major. But there’s more you can do to stand out.  Summer Term is a perfect time to make progress on a certificate in addition to your degree.

In just a few short weeks, you can broaden your knowledge and open up more time in fall and spring to focus on your major. Many courses are offered online—or stay on campus to enjoy Madison in our favorite season.

New this summer, the Wisconsin School of Business has added the university’s first summer-only certificate. The Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals can be completed entirely over the course of two summers for non-business majors. Another new certificate this year is the Promoting Activities for Diverse Abilities Certificate from the Department of Kinesiology. See what courses you can take on-campus and online this summer for these and other popular certificates below.

Explore Certificate Choices

  • UW-Madison has over 50 certificates in program areas ranging from Dance to Global Health to Science of Fermented Food and Beverages.
  • Take a look at DARS and talk to your advisor. If you have already declared a certificate, DARS will show you what requirements you still need to meet. Your advisor can help you figure out how summer courses can help you make progress towards a certificate.
  • Search summer courses to find an option that works for you.
  • Enroll. Summer Term enrollment opens the week of March 30, 2020. Check MyUW for the appointment time from the registrar.
  • Please refer to the Public Course Search and Enroll app for the most up-to-date course information.

Did You Know?

If you’re exploring different options, you can review the list of certificates and then run a What-If DARS to see what you would need to do to fulfill a certificate that interests you.

*Summer courses available online

NEW TO 2020: Summer Certificate in Business Fundamentals

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Below are some summer courses that fulfill requirements towards this certificate

  • Accounting and Information Systems 300: Accounting Principles*
  • Finance, Investment and Banking 300: Introduction to Finance*
  • Marketing 300: Marketing Management*
  • Management and Human Resources 300: Managing Organizations*

Learn more about the Business Fundamentals Certificate

NEW TO 2020: Certificate in Promoting Activities for Diverse Abilities

Below are some summer courses that fulfill requirements towards this certificate

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders 210: Neural Basis of Communication*
  • Anatomy & Physiology 337*
  • Kinesiology 100: Exercise, Nutrition and Health*
  • Kinesiology 360: Lifespan Motor Development*

Learn more about the Promoting Activities for Diverse Abilities Certificate

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Certificate in Environmental Studies

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Below are some summer courses that fulfill requirements towards this certificate

  • Agricultural and Applied Economics 350: World Hunger and Malnutrition*
  • Environmental Studies 112: Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective*
  • Community And Environmental Sociology 140: Introduction To Community And Environmental Sociology*
  • Environmental Studies – Gaylord Nelson Institute 106: Environmental Geology*

Learn more about the Environmental Studies Certificate

Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Below are some summer courses that fulfill requirements towards this certificate

  • General Business 310: Fundamentals of Accounting and Finance for Non-Business Majors*
  • Marketing 355: Marketing in a Digital Age*
  • Philosophy 243: Ethics in Business*
  • Theatre 501: The Business of Acting*

Learn more about the undergraduate certificate in entrepreneurship 

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Certificate in Digital Studies

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Below are some summer courses that fulfill requirements towards this certificate

  • Computer Science 200: Programming I*
  • Journalism 175: Media Fluency for the Digital Age*
  • Library & Information Studies 202: Informational Divides and Differences in a Multicultural Society*
  • Communication Arts 449: Sound Cultures: Podcasting And Music*

Learn more about the Digital Studies Certificate

Certificate in Criminal Justice

Below are some summer courses that fulfill requirements towards this certificate

  • Counseling Psychology 225: Coming to Terms with Cultural Diversity: Invitation to Dialogue*
  • Legal Studies 425: Crime, Gender and Justice*
  • Psychology 601: Psych Of Human-Animal Interact*
  • Legal Studies 426: The History Of Punishment*

Learn more about the Criminal Justice Certificate

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Certificate in Business

Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations class

Below are some summer courses that fulfill requirements towards this certificate

  • Finance 300: Introduction to Finance*
  • Marketing 300: Marketing Management*
  • Operations and Technology Management 300: Operations Management*
  • Accounting And Information Systems 300: Accounting Principles*

Learn more about the Certificate in Business

Certificate in Global Health

Below are some summer courses that fulfill requirements towards this certificate

  • Botany 123: Plants, Parasites, And People*
  • Botany 474: Ethnobotany*
  • Social Work 646: Child Abuse And Neglect*
  • Agricultural And Applied Economics 350: World Hunger And Malnutrition*

Learn more about the Certificate in Global Health

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Certificate in Computer Science

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Below are some summer courses that fulfill requirements towards this certificate

  • Computer Sciences 300: Programming II*
  • Computer Sciences 400: Programming III*
  • Computer Sciences 435: Introduction To Cryptography*
  • Computer Sciences 475: Introduction To Combinatorics*

Learn more about the Certificate in Computer Science

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