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 opportunity to gain a leg up on the competition for jobs in all areas of expertise and across the spectrum of organizations from for-profits, to government, to philanthropic.

All organizations can be viewed, at least in part, as business organizations.  Organizations in general exhibit revenue, budgets, branding and marketing, information systems, management, and operations; and, exist in and interact with the broader economy.  This is true whether the organization is a private-sector for-profit business, or, for example, a government services organization.

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

What It Is

The Biz Ready Program is designed to pragmatically inform the non-business undergraduate student on business practices and skills that we know employers identify as desired of successful job candidates and career professionals.  At the culmination of your participation in the Program you will receive a Certificate attesting to your successful completion of the Program to verify resume and other representations to employers.


The 2017 Biz Ready Program is a two-week program scheduled on campus just prior to the fall term, Thursday, August 10 – Saturday, August 19.  Activities will include sessions with expert academic and practitioner speakers on various aspects of business concern to organizations and their employee professionals, site visits to illustrate concepts considered in the Program, and other activities including opportunities to develop confidence in personal professional attributes and to network.  While some changes are yet possible, please see the proposed schedule.

To Apply

You must be a non-business major in good standing with at least 30 semester hours completed.  Submit your completed application to Biz Ready no later than Friday, July 21 (note: applications are open now; 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 have early move-in to their fall term University lodging available at no additional cost for 11 days.  Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 9, the day before Biz Ready sessions begin.


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.

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Biz Ready Certificate Program

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