A certficate serves as a credible interim credential while the student continues his/her educational program toward the completion of a graduate or undergraduate degree.

Why a Certificate?

Pursuing a graduate certificate can help you “test the waters” to see if you want to continue on to receive a Master’s degree. A certificate can further your understanding and knowledge while helping you to become more effective in your current and future jobs to become a change agent or to fill a job requirement for continuing education.  Some of the benefits of certificates are following.

  • Our certificate can be completed in a shorter period of time than a normal degree program
  • The certificate serves as an outreach tool and re-entry point to bring people back to the university who have been away from higher education for some period of time
  • The certificate is valuable to informal community leaders who want to enhance their leadership skills
  • All non-degree seeking certificate credits can be transferred to degree-seeking credits later on when a student is interested in furthering his/her education 

Currently, we offer 3 certificates:

  1. The Undergraduate Certificate in Community Leadership
  2. The Graduate Certificate in Public, Nonprofit & Community Leadership
  3. Labor Leadership Certificate at both the undergraduate or graduate level - Now available all online!