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Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study
Northwestern University’s Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study offer students a unique opportunity for targeted study in a field. Each certificate is designed around a specialized area of focus, allowing students to explore new trends in their field or to refresh their skills in preparation for a career change. Some certificates, such as those in literature and liberal studies, may be used as preparation for further education at the doctoral level. Individuals who already possess a graduate degree and who wish to further their education at the graduate level are welcome to apply. Please see the “additional information” section of each certificate for more information about additional application requirements.
Please note that courses completed in the certificate program cannot be transferred to the corresponding graduate degree.
Field of Study
Advanced Data Science
- Advanced Data Science
Explore advanced topics in data science, such as marketing, risk, web, and text analytics and learn cutting-edge aspects of the predictive analytics field.
- Analytics & Business Intelligence for IT Pros
Provides the technical and leadership training required for professional roles in today’s data-intensive and data-driven world.
- Database and Internet Technologies
Prepares students for roles as designers, analysts, project managers or administrators - in the current database development environment as well as in future dynamic computing environments.
- Information Systems Management
Introduces students to key information system technologies, IT strategy development, project management and information technology management techniques that apply to the entire system life cycle.
- Information Systems Security
Prepares students to design a secured system and make recommendations for the protection of sensitive corporate data in accordance with commerce and privacy regulations.
- American Studies
Pursue an intensive examination of the culture, society, political system, and other aspects of the United States.
- Chicago Studies
Engage in an interdisciplinary study of Chicago’s history, literature, culture, and social characteristics.
Deepen your understanding of current scholarship on the past, as well as of the fundamental problems of historical evidence and explanation.
- Interdisciplinary Studies for Liberal Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies for Liberal Studies
- Religious and Ethical Studies
Expand your knowledge of religious and ethical systems and of the lived experience of religion.
- American Literature
Deepen your understanding of the role of narrative and literary form in shaping the experiences and articulating the philosophical, political and social questions central to American history and culture.
- British Literature
Deepen your understanding of the role of narrative and literary form in shaping the experiences and articulating the philosophical, political and social questions central to British history and culture.
- Comparative and World Literature
Deepen your knowledge of the history of literary and narrative forms across a broad range of national literatures, cultures and historical periods, as well as exploring the complex relationship of literary works to politics, philosophy and the visual arts.
- Film, Literature, and Visual Culture
Engage in interdisciplinary study focusing on the comparative analysis of film in its relationship to literature, as well as other visual media, across a broad range of national cultures and aesthetic traditions.
- Interdisciplinary Studies for Literature
Interdisciplinary Studies for Literature
- Fundamentals of Health Informatics
Gain the knowledge in both health care and information technology to contribute to the burgeoning field of health informatics, improve patient safety, maximize operational efficiency, and reduce costs.
- Health Informatics for Clinicians
Leverage your background in healthcare and contribute to innovative solutions in health informatics.
- Health Informatics for IT Professionals
Leverage your background in information technology and contribute to innovative solutions in health care and informatics.
Information Design and Strategy
- Content Strategy
Professional writers today must adapt content to multiple platforms and channels, but how do they do this while retaining the essential messages? The Content Strategy specialization will enable students to improve the impact of their writing and make full use of the expressive possibilities of digital media.
- Data Science and Analytics
The Data Science and Analytics specialization will give designers the tools they need to communicate complex data accurately and effectively. The courses in this specialization will enable students to work with data analysts within their organizations to translate data into images and stories that executives and customers can understand.
- Learning Design
Effective educators design new information in ways that people can engage with, understand, and use. The Learning Design certificate will help prepare educators, corporate training professionals, online learning designers, librarians, and museum professionals create meaningful and pedagogically sound digital learning experiences.
Public Policy and Administration
- Global Policy
Explore key issues addressed by global policy, such as development goals, the environment, financial regulation, nuclear proliferation, democratization and state-building.
- Public Administration
Prepare yourself to serve a manager at the local, state or federal level, or in the nongovernmental organization and nonprofit sectors.
- Policy Analysis
Learn how to analyze public policy and drive improved decision-making within the policy context.
- Public Policy
Learn about public decision-making and policy formulation by honing your analytical skills and increasing your theoretical and practical knowledge in the field. Students are able to evaluate competing demands and lead toward innovative and transformative public policy solutions.
- Clinical Research
Learn to manage the clinical research endeavor, including developing and implementing clinical research protocols and overseeing GCP, compliance, and financial matters.
- Healthcare Compliance
Gain strong grounding in healthcare laws and regulations and learn the basics of healthcare billing and payment and corporate compliance.
- Quality Systems
Explore concepts in quality assurance and regulatory affairs that span life science industries and learn how to improve performance and promote best practices.
- Sports Analytics
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Sports Analytics focuses on the skills necessary to work in today’s data-intensive and data-driven world. This online certificate provides the technical and leadership training required for key positions in sports team management and analytics.