Leeds School of Business

University of Colorado Boulder

Certificate Programs

Leeds Certificates are a great way for students to specialize in a specific area and customize their degree.  Certificate requirements can count towards required electives (such as business electives, non-business electives and in some cases, the area of emphasis).   See your advisor to discuss how to fit a certificate into your four-year plan. Any of the certificates can be matched with any of the areas of emphasis, so consider your career goals and personal interests when choosing a certificate.


CU Business Intensive Certificate

Graduates face an increasingly competitive job market where business skills can complement one’s degree and enhance marketability. The CU Business Intensive Certificate (CUBIC) program has been refining students’ understanding of business concepts for more than 12 years!

This three-week, non-credit certification program teaches fundamental business skills, the importance of group work and career development skills to non-business majors. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Certificate in Applied Business and will have earned a competitive edge when entering the job market.

Contact Us: Jessica.Baumgarten
Jessica.Baumgarten@Colorado.EDU
or 303.492.4702

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Global Business Certificate

The globalization of the marketplace has produced a demand for managers who can successfully compete in the international business environment. Understanding the significant cultural, economic, and political differences between countries and regions is vital to international success. Managers in an international business must not only be sensitive to these differences, they must also adopt the appropriate policies and strategies for dealing with them. The global business certificate builds on students’ understanding of the functional areas of business, provides them with an appreciation of the international environment, and supplies them with a framework for developing policies and strategies appropriate for the global marketplace.

Contact Us: email your Leeds Academic Advisor
or 303.492.1382

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Entrepreneurial Studies

Surrounded by public and private institutions bent on innovation and responsible enterprise, it’s no wonder that the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship is a US News and World Report-ranked institution. Within this entrepreneur-friendly ecosystem and opportunity-rich environment, Leeds’ students learn principles in entrepreneurship while developing career-long skills that are applicable whether they’re launching startups or “intrapreneuring” and building teams in a corporate environment. Students study theory and research, and enjoy opportunities to meet and learn from experienced business leaders inside and outside of the classroom; put their ideas to the test by competing in contests and challenges; accumulate practical experiences during internships, and meet students from across campus who are also entrepreneurial thinkers, doers, and changemakers.

Contact Us: Patty Graff
Patty.Graff@Colorado.EDU
or 303.735.4970

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Operations and Information Management Certificate

Advances in business knowledge and technology have radically changed business systems and processes—for example, how organizations buy and sell goods and services, integrate their supply chain and logistic systems, and reach or retain customers. As a result, critical to today’s businesses is the ability to get the right information to the right people at the right time, so that both strategic and operational decisions are made properly and quickly. To help students develop this ability, the Leeds School of Business offers the OPIM Certificate.

Contact Us:  Noah Zikmund
Noah.Zikmund@Colorado.EDU
or 303.492.2062

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Quantitative Finance

The goal of this program is to augment the financial education provided by the Leeds School with a more extensive mathematical base.  The analytical demands of business are increasing rapidly and constantly. This program is designed to prepare students for the increased requirements of the most attractive financial analyst positions. In addition, the program provides a solid base for success in graduate studies.  Program requirements are extensive and challenging. Most students will begin study during the freshman year and continue throughout their undergraduate career.

Contact Us: Jerry Madigan, Madigan@Colorado.EDU

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Real Estate Certificate

Real Estate is a multidisciplinary field and the real estate certificate is designed to provide students with an understanding of the different disciplines and facets that make up the real estate profession. The real estate curriculum provides students with a solid foundation and helps them develop the specialized skills needed by real estate professionals. The real estate certificate prepares students for careers in mortgage lending, development, equity investment, brokerage and sales, valuation, consulting, property and asset management, and other specialties.

Contact Us: Lisa Chambers
Lisa.Chambers@Colorado.EDU
or 303.492.4194

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Business of Sports Certificate

This intensive summer program is intended for students who are seriously interested in pursuing careers in the sports and recreation industry. Students learn through a hands-on applied business of sports curriculum which includes: economics, law, facility & event management, marketing, and leadership & ethics. Participants also conduct extensive research for a real-world project experience designed by one of the partnering professional sports teams, companies, or organizations. Students will have multiple networking and career development opportunities with industry experts through behind-the-scenes tours of major Colorado sports complexes, two career days, and multiple guest speakers. In addition, students will have exclusive access to internship opportunities.

Contact Us: Jessica.Baumgarten
Jessica.Baumgarten@Colorado.EDU
or 303.492.4702

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Certificate in Socially Responsible Enterprise (SRE)
Offered by the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR)
Leeds is one of the few undergraduate business schools in the nation that emphasizes socially responsible conduct in business throughout its curriculum. CESR helps undergraduate students become outstanding business leaders of tomorrow by preparing them to meet the ethical challenges posed by an increasingly competitive, globally-connected business world.

CESR offers the Certificate in Socially Responsible Enterprise (SRE) to further develop students’ ability to meet these future challenges by crossing the boundaries of traditional functional areas of business and those that separate business from other academic disciplines. Students who complete the certificate will see and understand the social and environmental impacts of business and their ethical implications from a broader perspective. They will also graduate with practical knowledge and marketable experiences that will guide them in conducting business in an informed, responsible, and ethical manner.

 Contact Us:  
CESR@Colorado.EDU
or 303.492.3324

Learn More about the Certificate in Socially Responsible Enterprise (SRE)

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