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Northwestern students may graduate from a variety of majors and minors in pursuit of business careers. Listed below are some of the academic programs that many business-minded students pursue.


  • Economics
    • Economics is a social science that deals directly with the allocation of scarce resources.  Economic insights are vital for understanding society, business, policy, and history.
  • Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (IEMS)
    • Industrial engineering focuses on skills needed to create, design, analyze, and improve the operation of complex systems.  Data-driven decision making is a fundamental aspect of industrial engineering.
  • Learning and Organizational Change (LOC)
    • LOC is the study of using learning as a driver to create and react to change.  These insights are particularly helpful in the fields of organizational development, human capital management, entrepreneurship, non-profit and education administration.
  • Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (MMSS)
    • The quantitative modelling skills and teamwork that are the heart of MMSS are as valued in the business world as they are in Finance and Economics Ph.D. programs.

Minors and Certificates

  • Business Institutions
    • Business Institutions is the minor for all Northwestern undergraduates who want to learn about the world of business and the institutions that make it go.
  • Kellogg Certificate Program for Undergraduates (CPU)
    • The CPU prepares student for careers in financial services, consulting, and any field that analyzes data to make decisions.  Students learn about business analytics, strategic models and tools, and business applications from Kellogg MBA faculty.
  • Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC)
    • The IMC Certificate Program prepares students for a career in traditional and/or digital marketing communications.  IMC Certificate alumni are currently working in corporations, agencies, media firms, NGOs and non-profits specializing in communications, advertising, PR, digital marketing and marketing research.
  • Center for Leadership at Northwestern University
    • The Center for Leadership offers Northwestern students an introductory Leadership Course and a Leadership Certificate.  The Certificate coursework includes the opportunity to take on a major leadership project of a student’s own design.
  • Business Enterprise Certificate
    • Through a combination of internship experience and business coursework, this certificate gives students the tools to make a strong contribution to the workplace immediately after finishing their degrees.
  • The Farley Center Undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship
    • The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation’s Undergraduate Minor in Entrepreneurship is designed for students interested in pursuing a practical education in how to start a business or how to make innovation a cornerstone of their career paths. The minor is open to all undergraduate students at the university and requires 8 courses (5 core courses, 3 electives).

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