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Accounting & Finance
- Advanced Accounting
This program of online courses is designed for those who intend to sit for the CPA exam but who have already completed significant coursework in accounting.
- CPA Preparation
Coursework in the CPA Preparation certificate meets accounting credit requirements for the CPA Exam in Illinois and other states.
Students can build a foundational understanding of finance, which is required for many business careers and for admission into business administration graduate programs.
- Fundamentals of Accounting
Individuals working in accounting and budgeting can build a foundation in the principles and practices of accounting.
- Advertising for Creatives
This program provides a unique, industry-specific education for future advertising writers, account executives and art directors. Students learn about the creative advertising industry and its best practices while developing a professional portfolio.
- Analytic Foundations
Students and professionals seeking to build math and analysis proficiency can strengthen their quantitative background and data analysis skills for advanced study or career enhancement.
- Business Essentials
Professionals new to the business environment can develop an understanding of essential principles and practices in this program.
- Business Writing and Communication
Designed for professionals who are responsible for developing business communication, the program teaches current theories of organizational communication and persuasion and the practices of business writing.
- Digital Content Management
Professionals who work with the digital space can learn approaches to user experience and concepts and tools for digital content creation and management.
- Global Business
Working internationally requires business professionals to have an understanding of diverse cultures and practices to meet the strategic needs and mission of their own organizations. The Global Business certificate provides a flexible curriculum, allowing students to individualize their study.
- Quantitative Foundations for Business
Designed for students who have had limited college-level math course work, this certificate provides a foundation for future study while developing skills that have immediate relevance in many workplaces.
- Strategic Marketing
Designed for professionals who are new to marketing, who are responsible for marketing functions or who seek to enter marketing, this certificate blends theory and practice, making a learning experience that is immediately applicable.
- Writing for Print and Digital Media
This writing-focused certificate provides professionals in content creation, design, media and more a solid foundation in journalistic writing, editing, and narrative technique for work in print and across digital media platforms.
Premedicine & Professional Health Careers
Complete the laboratory science courses in biology, chemistry and physics required for application to medical and related professional schools. Designed for career changers without an extensive background in science.
Complete the courses in biology, chemistry and psychology required for application to nursing programs. Designed for career changers without an extensive background in science.
- Preclinical Psychology
Complete the undergraduate psychology courses required for application to graduate programs in clinical psychology.
- Prephysical Therapy
Complete the laboratory science courses in biology, chemistry, physics and statistics required to apply to most physical therapy graduate programs.
- Prephysician Assistant
Complete the laboratory science courses required for application to most physician assistant graduate programs in the Chicago area.
- Premedicine Completion Program
Students who have completed at least two of the core premedicine science sequences can finish their remaining premedicine coursework in 9-12 months.
- Prespeech Pathology
An online program of courses that aids students in meeting the entrance requirements for the Master of Science in Speech, Language, and Learning at Northwestern University, as well as for other speech pathology master’s programs with similar requirements.
- Advanced Biology for the Health Professions
Complete upper-level undergraduate biology courses to prepare for professional programs that lead to careers in medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, or other health-related fields.
- Advanced Studies in Psychology
Create a course of study to prepare for graduate-level study in in psychology, counseling, social work, and other fields that involve the science and research of human behavior.
- Health, Science and Society
Complete humanities and social science courses in various health-related topics to meet social science/humanities requirements for graduate programs in the health professions, or to prepare for graduate study in public health, health sciences or healthcare administration.
Pregraduate Study & Specialized Studies
- Creative Writing
Writers can hone their craft, formalize their training and build a portfolio of work for application to MFA and MA/PhD programs in creative writing. Students explore a variety of writing areas, or they may specialize their study by genre.
- Pregraduate Business Administration
Prepare for the core curriculum of many graduate business school programs while developing the tools and credentials to build a competitive application for graduate business study.
- Pregraduate Concentrations/Specialized Studies
Create a custom course of study to prepare for graduate school, professional school and PhD programs. In this program, students have the opportunity to strengthen their academic transcript, show recent academic success and secure letters of recommendation from NU faculty.
- Specialized Studies for Career Advancement
Career changers and professionals seeking to advance within their organization can create a customized program of study to meet their goals. Students in this program collaborate with an adviser to develop a specialized academic plan of four to eight courses that capitalizes on their background and that suits their professional and personal objectives.
- Change Management
Through coursework in organizational change, business innovation, and change management, professionals can develop structured approaches to change across all levels of an organization.
- Fundamentals of Human Resources
Designed for human resource professionals or those who want to transition to the field, the certificate provides foundational preparation in current practices for this fast-changing profession.
Professionals working in a multitude of sectors can expand their potential through the study of theories and best practices of leadership and organizational communication.
- Strategic Management
Designed for human resources and management professionals, the certificate provides an understanding of the changing state of organizations and how management and leadership function in an evolving business world.