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Post-baccalaureate Certificate Programs
Accounting and Finance
- Advanced Accounting
The Advanced Accounting program is comprised of online courses and designed for those who wish to sit for the CPA exam but who have already completed significant course work in accounting.
- CPA Preparation
Coursework in the CPA Preparation certificate meets accounting credit requirements for the CPA Exam in Illinois and other states.
The Finance certificate provides 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
The Advertising for Creatives certificate 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
The Business Essentials certificate provides professionals new to the business environment with an understanding of essential principles and practices.
- 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, the Quantitative Foundations 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, 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.
The Programming certificate develops 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Health, Science and Society
This certificate consists of courses that cover the impact of health, medicine and science on society, and is aimed at individuals pursuing careers in medicine, public health, healthcare policy, or as healthcare providers, as well as pre-medical and pre-health studies students seeking l humanities and social science coursework.
- Pregraduate Business Administration
The Pregraduate Business Administration certificate prepares students for the core curriculum of many graduate business school programs, and develops the tools and credentials to prepare 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
The Fundamentals of Human Resources certificate is designed for human resource professionals or those who want to transition to the field, and provides foundational preparation in current practices for this fast-changing profession.
Professionals working in a multitude of sectors can 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.
- 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.