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:

Schedule an Appointment

Speak to the Program Director for options about taking summer business classes.

How to Apply

Application Timeline

Applications are processed through GradCAS, a nationwide centralized application service for graduate programs.  All official transcripts must be submitted to GradCAS, not PLU.

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

Application Process

  • Create your application portal account (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox)
  • Select the following items to start
    • Term – The term when you plan to begin the program
    • Institution – Pacific Lutheran University
    • ProgramSelect the certificate program you desire to enroll
  • Complete all required application questions.


  • Identify two people to provide us with recommendations on your application.  Send those two people the link to this Recommendation Form which may be submitted in place of a letter of recommendation.
  • Provide the names and contact information of your two recommenders in the online application portal.  This will send a recommendation request to them and they may choose to upload the form from bullet one, a letter of recommendation, or both.


Upload your resume via the application portal that includes your:

  • Employment history
  • Significant academic, professional, and community achievements
  • Honors and awards

Personal Statement of Professional Goals

  • Upload personal statement via the application portal.
  • The statement should be 300-400 words addressing your educational and professional goals.

Application Fee

  • Pay the nonrefundable $48 application processing fee.

(Note: If you need to submit additional documents after submitting the online application, you can email them to

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts must be sent to GradCAS from all US and English-Speaking Canadian institutions you listed in the College Attended section of your application.
  • Official international and French Canadian transcripts must be sent to PLU Graduate Admission Office.
  • PLU graduates do not need to submit PLU transcripts.
  • See GradCAS instructions for sending official transcripts.

Sending Transcripts Electronically

  • GradCAS only accepts electronic transcripts from Credentials SolutionsParchment, and National Student Clearinghouse. If your school does not offer either of these services, your transcript must be sent by mail. GradCAS cannot accept transcripts sent via email.
  • When selecting the recipient, choose Educational organization, and then select GradCAS.
  • Include your full GradCAS ID number when entering the GradCAS mailing address.
  • See GradCAS instructions for sending electronic transcripts

Sending Transcripts by Mail

Download and print the Transcript Request Form under each school you listed in the College Attended section of your application. Send the Transcript Request Form to your school.

Your registrar should mail your paper transcript to the following address:

GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9217
Watertown, MA 02471

If you or your recommenders have any questions or technical problems with the online application portal recommendation process, status, navigation, missing credentials, etc., please visit the GradCAS Applicant Help Center.


School of Business Professional Post-Baccalaureate certificates are offered in the summer at a summer tuition rate of $$1,030 for each credit. Each certificate consists of eight credits for a total of $8,240.