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Graduate Certificates

Why a Graduate Certificate?


The purpose of graduate certificate programs is to serve the needs of working professionals and students with a desire or a need to develop specific skills and knowledge for personal and/or professional development. Typically, the graduate certificate program is chosen by students who do not wish to pursue a masterís degree. However, courses completed during a certificate program may be applied toward degree requirements.

A graduate certificate program is a related set of credit bearing graduate courses that provides in-depth knowledge in a specific subject area. The program provides a certification of specialization to individuals who already possess a bachelor's degree. Graduate certificate programs are taught by regular or associate members of the graduate faculty, and aligned with existing graduate education curricula.

Graduate certificate programs are an effective way to enhance oneís academic and professional credentials. Through career changes and professional advancement, one may require enhanced knowledge and skills in a specific area. A graduate certificate can provide that knowledge.


Graduate Certificate Offerings can be found here.


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