Have you already earned your undergraduate or graduate degree? Looking to enhance your credentials or specialize in another area without enrolling in another degree program? Want to potentially save time in school? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to pursue a graduate or post-graduate certificate program. To help you get started, let’s look at some subject-specific graduate and post graduate certificate programs that may appeal to you.
What is the difference between graduate and post graduate certificate programs?
The main difference between graduate and post graduate certificate programs is that students must earn an undergraduate degree, such as a BA, before pursuing a graduate certificate, and they must earn a master’s degree, such as an MBA, before pursuing a post graduate certificate. Both graduate and post graduate certificate programs usually address a specialized area of a particular discipline. One of the potential benefits of graduate and post graduate certificate programs is that they tend to be shorter, and therefore potentially less expensive, than graduate degree programs.
Should I pursue a graduate or post graduate certificate program?
There are many reasons to consider pursuing a graduate or post graduate certificate program in your chosen field. As we mentioned above, graduate and post graduate certificates generally require less of a time and financial commitment than the degree counterparts. They may also be a good fit for people who have an existing education or work background in their field and are looking to learn new skills or gain advanced knowledge in a specific area.
Here are some other reasons why you may want to pursue a graduate or post graduate certificate:
To help maximize your career goals by enhancing your credentials
To meet requirements for certification or licensure (if the position you are applying for requires it)
To keep up-to-date on the latest developments in your field
To earn credits that may be transferred to a master’s degree in the future (if those credits are deemed transferable)
To help make it potentially easier to make a career shift in your field