Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Graduate Certificate Programs
Graduate certificate programs have been an area of considerable growth among public and private institutions of higher education in US for over a decade. However, these programs are still a relatively recent innovation compared to bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, and thus they continue to be the subject of pressing queries regarding their structure, format, admissions policies, eligibility requirements, accreditation, and other important factors.
In this section, we provide answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about graduate certificate programs, including questions pertaining to online, campus-based, and blended programs; the types of graduate certificates that are offered in various fields; the benefits of earning a graduate certificate; how graduate certificate programs differ from graduate degree programs; and how to research, evaluate, and apply to graduate certificate programs in fields such as business, education, healthcare, nursing, and psychology.
The answers to the questions below draw on rigorous research and the most up-to-date information about graduate certificate programs. They are designed to assist potential applicants in making informed decisions when weighing the options for continuing their education through graduate certificate programs.