Prepare to move into operations management or enhance your operations management knowledge by earning a Business Operations Certificate at the University of Mary.

Whether you’re currently in operations management or want to prepare yourself for a career managing the administrative aspects of any organization, you can benefit from this 9-credit, 15-week, accelerated and flexible program designed for working professionals. Complete coursework online, in evening classes, or both with this program designed to fit your busy schedule.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Mean annual salary for general and operations managers

Program Length

9 credits/3 courses/15 weeks


  • Online
  • Evening courses at our locations in Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Watford City, ND; and Billings, MT
  • Blended, combining online and in-person classes

Scholarships & Aid

In keeping with our commitment to supporting working adults seeking further education, we offer each eligible candidate up to $3,000 in scholarships.

Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • General or operations managers who want to strengthen their skills and knowledge.
  • Professionals in any organization who want to move into operations management roles.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to learn how to manage the day-to-day operations of their businesses.
  • Executives who want to learn the latest best practices in operations management.
  • People interested in becoming business process consultants.

Career Paths

  • Operations Manager
  • General Manager
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Business Operations Consultant

What You’ll Learn

  • Methods to evaluate the contemporary global business environment in an integrated manner to propose business solutions.
  • Techniques for handling operational tasks focused on accounting and finance.
  • Strategies for overseeing business operations in ways that meet organizational goals.
  • Best practices for streamlining business processes and recurring administrative tasks.

Elevate Your Skillset

Once you’ve completed your certificate in business operations, you can then stack your earned credits into an online master’s degree in business administration (MBA) or apply them toward a Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) or Project Management (MPM).

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

We welcome students from various backgrounds, including transfer students from institutionally accredited colleges and universities recognized by the US Dept. of Education and those with military or career and work experience. 

How do I show my previous college, military, or work experience?

  • Official transcripts (if applicable) from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 should be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

    • Did you graduate from the University of Mary? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
      • Have your transcripts sent to:
        Office of Admissions
        University of Mary
        7500 University Drive
        Bismarck, ND 58504
      • Or request to send electronic transcripts to
  • Students with previous career or work experience can earn credits for prior learning.
    • You can choose to test for prior learning credits — we convert your test scores into college credit.
    • You can request a portfolio review for prior learning credits. You’ll assemble documentation to show your experience, which will be reviewed and evaluated by an experienced faculty member.
  • Military experience can count towards a degree.
  • All of our programs require you to fill out the general application form in addition to submitting the application fee and your transcripts.
  • Any program-specific requirements you’ll need to submit in addition to the items listed above can be found in our catalog.

At the University of Mary, we review every application on an individual basis, ensuring that the materials you submit are evaluated with care and attention. Reach out to us if you have any questions in filling out your application.

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