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Post-baccalaureate Certificate Programs
Accounting and Finance
- Advanced Accounting
The Advanced Accounting certificate is designed for those who wish to sit for the CPA exam, but who have already completed significant course work in accounting, such as the Fundamentals of Accounting certificate.
- CPA Preparation
This certificate is designed for those who want to become a Certified Public Accountants (CPA). Coursework meets accounting credit requirements for the CPA Exam in Illinois and other states.
A solid foundation in finance is required for many business careers and for admission into certain graduate schools of business administration. The Finance certificate consists of courses that provide core knowledge.
- Fundamentals of Accounting
A solid foundation in accounting is required for many business careers. The Fundamentals of Accounting certificate consists of coursework on the principles and practices of accounting.
- Advertising for Creatives
The Advertising for Creatives certificate provides industry-specific education for future advertising writers, account executives and art directors. Students take courses to learn about the creative advertising industry and its best practices while developing a professional portfolio.
- Business Practices
The Business Practices certificate is designed for those who are new to a business environment or who lack an academic background in business.
- Business Writing and Communications
The Business Writing and Communication certificate is designed for professionals who are responsible for developing business communication.
- 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.
- International Studies
International Studies stresses a global perspective, critical thinking abilities and the cultural sensitivity to work with people from all backgrounds. The certificate provides a flexible curriculum.
- Math Fundamentals for Business
Designed for students who have had limited college-level math course work, the Math Fundamentals for Business certificate provides a foundation for future study while developing skills that have immediate relevance in many workplaces.
- Strategic Marketing
Designed for those who are new to marketing, who are responsible for marketing functions or who seek to enter marketing, this certificate blends theory and practice, so that courses have immediate real-world relevance.
- Strategic Organizational Management
The certificate is designed for human resource professionals, as well as those in management and leadership positions or who aspire to such roles.
- Internet and Web Development
The Internet and Web Development certificate gives students the skills to develop internet applications using HTML and other software tools. The curriculum utilizes the use of technology to meet strategic business and organizational objectives.
- Network Systems
The Network Systems certificate is designed for students looking to advance their careers in the telecommunications and networking fields.
The Programming certificate helps students to develop skills in programming and software design and implementation.
- Web Development
The Web Development post-baccalaureate certificate program enables students to develop the technical competencies that are required to plan, develop and implement websites that are both visually appealing and useful.
Premedicine & Professional Health Careers
A program designed for career changers and students lacking a science background, the Premedicine certificate allows students to take the laboratory science courses in biology, chemistry and physics required for application to medical and related professional schools.
A program designed for career changers and students lacking a science background, the Prenursing certificate allows students to take the laboratory science courses in biology, chemistry physics, psychology and statistics required for application to nursing and related professional schools.
- 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.
- Preclinical Psychology
A program designed for career changers and students lacking a psychology background, the Psychology certificate consists of nine psychology courses required for application to most graduate programs awarding either the doctor of psychology in clinical psychology (PsyD) or the doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology (PhD).
- Prephysician Assistant
A program designed for career changers and students lacking a science background, the Prephysician Assistant certificate allows students to take the laboratory science courses in biology, chemistry, statistics and language required for application to most physician assistant graduate programs in the Chicago area.
- Prephysical Therapy
A program designed for career changers and students lacking a science background, the Prephysical Therapy certificate allows students to take the laboratory science courses in biology, chemistry, physics and statistics required for application to physical therapy graduate programs (MPT or DPT).
Pregraduate Study & Specialized Studies
- Advanced Biology for the Health Professions
This program is designed for students who wish to extend their study of biology to prepare for programs in medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant, or other healthcare fields.
- Creative Writing
The Creative Writing certificate students hone their craft, formalize their training and build a portfolio of work for application to MFA and MA/PhD programs in writing. Students can explore a variety of writing areas, or they may specialize their study by genre.
- Health, Science and Society
This certificate program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, public health, healthcare policy, or as healthcare providers and those who are interested in the impacts of science on society. Pre-medical and pre-health students needing additional humanities and social science coursework may find this certificate beneficial, particularly as medical and professional health schools place an increasing importance on cultural competency.
- Pregraduate Business Administration
The Pregraduate Business Administration certificate prepares students for the core curriculum of many graduate business school programs. The curriculum allows students to develop the tools and credentials to prepare a competitive application for graduate business study.
- Pregraduate Concentrations/Specialized Studies
The Pregraduate Study certificate allows students to 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 current 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.
- Dispute Resolution
The Dispute Resolution certificate offers courses dealing with theories in negotiation and persuasion, as well as courses dealing with the practical application of those theories during conflict resolution or arbitration.
- Fundamentals of Human Resources
The Fundamentals of Human Resources certificate is designed for human resource professionals or those who want to transition to the field. The courses in this certificate provide foundational preparation and expose students to the current practices for this fast-changing profession.
- Innovation and Change Management
The Innovation and Change Management certificate provides a comprehensive overview of what it takes to thrive in an age of innovation and strategy. Students will take courses in marketing and organization behavior to learn to identify and analyze opportunities for change and innovation, in service, products, communication or organizational strategy.
The Leadership certificate helps professionals working in a multitude of sectors to expand their leadership potential through the study of theories and best practices, from understanding an organization’s function to learning how to develop consensus among competing factions to achieve shared goals.
- Training and Development
For students who aspire to careers in employee training and development, as well as for professionals who implement and administer training programs, this certificate covers the psychology of adult learning, management and leadership, theories of organizational change and the latest trends in training and development.