Business Foundation

Take a powerful first step on the path towards a degree or level up any career with this world-class foundation in Business.

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  • 4 courses

    4 cohort-based courses. Includes a student community and office hours with subject matter experts.

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    Join Standard 14-week courses or 7-week Intensives. Minimum time commitment of 10 hours/week.

  • Flexible schedule

    Designed to fit your lifestyle with on-demand lectures and materials available 24/7.

Make. It. Happen.

This 4-course Certificate will earn you 12 transferable college credits, and is designed to be the perfect precursor to a Business degree, or a strong skills- and resume-booster to level up your career. Outlier’s award-winning courses use cutting-edge interactive learning tools to make each lesson come to life, and everything is included for 50% less than the average college course.

Specifically designed for:

  • Students considering a Business major
  • Students returning to school to finish a Business degree
  • Professionals interested in leveling up their business acumen (or their resumes)
  • Entrepreneurs looking to make ideas reality
Intro to Microeconomics Instructor | Simon D. Halliday, Ph.D. | University of Bristol

By the numbers

  • 172%

    Business salary increase over national median salary

    Source: NCES

  • 750,800

    Number of new jobs in the field by 2030

    Source: NCES

  • 44%

    Avg. earnings increase during a business career

    Source: Georgetown CEW

Included courses

Award-winning courses taught by engaging & approachable instructors from the world’s best schools.

Transferable credits from a top 60 School

Earn 12 credits from acclaimed University of Pittsburgh for maximum transferability

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Payment options

  • Certificate Cost

    Purposefully Affordable

    Outlier courses are purposefully priced at 50% less than the average college cost.

  • 0% Interest

    Monthly Payment Option

    Use Klarna to pay over 18 months with no interest or fees. Outlier is proud to cover student interest fees.

  • Employer

    Tuition Reimbursement

    Check with your company. Many employers fully cover Outlier courses and certificates.


Business Foundation details

  • 4 award-winning courses, available in 14-week Standard cohorts or 7-week Intensives

  • Flexible timing: Take courses simultaneously, sequentially, or whatever fits your schedule

  • Minimum weekly commitment: 10-15 hours for Standard cohorts, 20-30 for Intensives

  • Full course refund if you do all the work and don’t pass

What you'll get

  • 12 transferable college credits from a Top 50 US college (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Shareable Outlier Certificate of Completion
  • All course materials included: no expensive textbooks to buy
  • World-class instructors from schools like Brown, Barnard, and Columbia
  • $2,900+ in savings compared with traditional college
  • Credit transfer assistance
  • Dedicated Student Support team
  • Risk-free Refund Guarantee

Meet your instructors

Instructors teaching Business Foundation courses are hand-picked for their deep expertise as well as their ability to communicate ideas clearly and charismatically—you may even find yourself binge-watching their lectures.

  • Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D + CPA

    DePaul University

  • Homa Zarghamee, Ph.D.

    Barnard College

  • Simon D. Halliday, Ph.D.

    University of Bristol

  • Suresh Naidu, Ph.D.

    Columbia University

  • Rajiv Sethi Ph.D.


  • Cristina Tello Trillo Ph.D.


  • John Kaag, Ph.D.

    UMASS Lowell

  • Tori Sampson, MFA

    Playwriter + Screenwriter

  • Peter Catapano


  • Melvin Rogers, Ph.D.


  • Jad Abumrad


  • Elieen Pollack, MFA

    University of Michigan

  • Chloé Cooper Jones


  • James A. Mourey, Ph.D.

    DePaul University

Hear from our alumni

  • Kristina B.

    Kristina B.

    “Thank god I found Outlier, which ended up being a third of the price my university would have been. This allowed me to finish my college degree on time.”

  • Elliot P.

    Elliot P.

    “I could not stop watching the videos and doing all the exercises & tests. I'm a total learning nerd, but the design & structure of this course is like nothing I've experienced. And my retention seems to be really high so far :)”

  • Katie A.

    Katie A.

    “I had a wonderful experience with the community, the subject, and my peers. Outlier has an incredible support staff willing to help us with everything from answering queries to clearing subject doubts.”

Frequently asked questions

  • You earn your Outlier Certificate of Completion when you complete all of the courses in your certificate sequence with a passing grade (of 69.5% or higher). All courses must be taken for credit, and not audited, to count towards Certificates.

  • Certificate sequences are designed to fit even the busiest lifestyles, so you can complete them at your own pace, and take up to two years from date of purchase to do so. You can take as many courses as you’d like concurrently, in most cases.

  • Great news: If you’ve passed some (or all) of the courses with Outlier, you’re ahead of the game! We’ll count these towards your Certificate, and you’ll receive the discounted certificate price for any remaining courses you’ll need to take to complete your Certificate sequence. Simply reach out to our Student Success team at and let them know that you plan to enroll in the Certificate and include your previously passed courses, and we’ll send along the discount code and instructions for next steps. Note: For any previously completed courses to count towards a Certificate, they must have been taken for credit, and not audited.

  • The Outlier courses that comprise a Certificate sequence will earn you transferable college credits (3 per course) from the University of Pittsburgh, an accredited top 60 US school. However, our Certificates of Completion are granted solely by Outlier, and aren’t currently accredited. That said, they are shareable on your LinkedIn Profile and resume, and offer proof that you’ve completed—and passed—a sequence of academically rigorous courses with us.

  • As with all Outlier courses, if you've put in the time and effort to do all the work for a course within the Certificate sequence, but do not receive a passing grade, that's on us, and you will receive a full refund for that course! You may also exit courses in your sequence before the drop deadline to receive a full refund (14 days from start for 14-week courses, and 7 days from start for 7-week Intensive courses).

    Additionally, we offer a full refund of the total Certificate price within 6 months of your purchase, so long as vouchers have not been redeemed for course sign-up(s), or you have exited all Certificate courses prior to the drop deadlines.

    For more information on refunds please refer to our Refund Policy.