Post-Baccalaureate Professional Business Certificates

The post- baccalaureate professional business certificates are intended for those who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding in a specific area of business.  Applicants must have either completed an undergraduate degree in Business or have relevant industry experience in the area of study.

Each certificate consists of eight credits and courses are offered in six week terms during the summer (late May to mid-August).  Classes meet twice a week in the evenings.

Certificates are available in:

Summer Session

Learn about the Summer Class Schedule through the Summer Session website.

How to Apply

Application Timeline

Applications are accepted in the Spring on a rolling basis. Once a completed application has been submitted, processing takes two to three weeks.

How to submit your application

Create Application Account

Create your application portal account, enter in your letter of recommendation details, and pay the nonrefundable $55 application fee via our Application Portal.

Enter two references via the online Application Portal. This will send an email notification to your references to follow a link and submit their letters of recommendation. References may be academic or professional.

Make sure to record your login and pin!

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts: Have official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended sent to Graduate Studies (PLU graduates do not need to send their PLU transcripts.) We accept and prefer electronic delivery of official transcripts. Have them sent to If the college or university does not offer electronic delivery, please have them mail your transcripts to:

Graduate Admission
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue S
Tacoma, WA 98447


Resume: Upload your resume via the online application portal that includes your employment history; significant academic, professional, and community achievements; honors and awards. You can also submit this later via the Application Portal by logging in and clicking on the “checklist” button.

Statement of Professional Goals

Statement of Professional Goals: Upload your statement via the online application portal. If you would like to submit it later please email in PDF format to The statement should be 300-400 words addressing your educational and professional goals.

Check for received and missing items

The Application Portal will indicate when your application is complete. Your admission decision will be sent via email, not via the portal.


School of Business Professional Post-Baccalaureate certificates are offered in the summer at a summer tuition rate of $700 for each credit. Each certificate consists of eight credits for a total of $5600.