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College of Management and Human Potential: Certificates:
Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Administration Certificate (Semester)

This program is not currently accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

For students beginning their program prior to February 26, 2024.

The Post-Doctoral Bridge to Business Administration Certificate program is designed to provide students who hold a doctoral degree in business or a non-business field with core knowledge in a business discipline outside their previous doctoral studies. Students explore such topics as marketing, business strategy, and compliance. This certificate program emphasizes business aspects in a global context and explores relevant trends students can apply in settings that include postsecondary education, research, and consulting.

With the exception of DDBA 8006, DDBA 8161, and a maximum of one course in a three-course focus area that satisfies a learning outcome in a different focus area, any courses used toward the completion of a doctoral program cannot be applied toward the completion of the post-doctoral bridge certificate.

Certificate Requirements

  • Hold a recognized terminal degree in a business or non-business field
  • 15 total semester credit hours
  • Foundation course (3 semester credits)
  • Core course (3 semester credits)
  • Focus courses (9 semester credits)


Foundation Course (3 semester credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Core Course (3 semester credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Focus Courses (9 semester credits)

Choose from one of the following three-course focus sequences*:


Healthcare Management

Human Resource Management


Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
Semester 1

DDBA 8006 - Contemporary Challenges in Business

3 semester credits

DDBA 8161 - Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage

3 semester credits
Semester 2 Focus Courses* (2) 6 semester credits
Semester 3 Focus Course* (1) 3 semester credits