Biz Ready Certificate Program

Why Biz Ready

Entry-level placement and career advancement opportunities are increasingly competitive. Biz Ready provides the non-business student the tools to gain a leg up on the competition for jobs in all areas of expertise.

All organizations can be viewed, at least in part, as business organizations, in general exhibiting revenue, budgets, branding and marketing, information systems, management, and operations, and existing in and interacting with the broader economy.  This is true whether the organization is not-for-profit, a private-sector for-profit business, or a government services organization.

Thus, in any field or any type of organization, a confident, successful job candidate will benefit from having attained some knowledge of major aspects of the business of organizations, as well as of some critical personal skills that employers look for such as strategic thinking, ability to work collaboratively, and communication.

What It Is

The School of Business Administration's Biz Ready for non-business majors is an intensive eight-nine day professional gateway program to help in the transition from college to employment. Biz Ready provides students outside the SBA with awareness of basic business concepts and practices. The program will enable future professionals – non-business majors who nevertheless will engage in business activities and environments – with greater confidence and credibility when entering the job market. Biz Ready participants will receive a certificate attesting to successful completion of the program to verify resume and other representations to employers.


There are three options in 2018: two conveniently scheduled on campus just prior to the Spring and Fall terms (early-arrival campus housing is provided for UD-lodged students) plus, a third option with meetings scheduled on selected Saturdays during the Spring term. Activities will include sessions with expert academic and practitioner speakers on various aspects of business relevant to organizations and their employee professionals, site visits to illustrate concepts considered in the program, and other activities aimed at developing confidence in personal professional attributes and networking. While some changes are yet possible, please see the proposed schedules for the upcoming January and Spring terms. Details for the August 2018 program will be announced at a later date.

Student Information Sessions

Student information sessions will be held as follows:

  • Sunday, October 15, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Miriam Hall 109
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Miriam Hall 109
To Apply

Eligible applicants must be a non-business major in good standing with at least 30 semester hours completed.  The deadline to sumbit an application to Biz Ready is Friday, December 1 (note: applications are open now for the 2018 Intersession and the Spring term session; the first ten accepted applicants who complete the program will receive a $500 program fee rebate).  See the application for more details.

Program Cost

Biz Ready is not an academic course; there is no tuition charge.  Biz Ready is a Certificate Program with a non-refundable application fee of $25 and a program fee of $3,000.    


University of Dayton students attending Biz Ready during the January 2018 Intersession can request early move-in to their Spring term University lodging at no additional cost.  Program applicants must apply separately to Campus Housing if requesting early move-in. Group Code BizReady and Passcode certificate should be used to ensure payment by the Biz Ready Program. See early arrival information and submit request.


During the program some meals will be provided; other meals are the student’s responsibility.

Program Materials

All program printed materials will be provided.  Students should bring their laptop to all sessions (except site visits). 


Business casual wear is required for all program activities; no shorts, t-shirts, or flip-flops are permitted.

Related Links

Contact Us

Biz Ready Certificate Program

Miriam Hall 230 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2226