What is a Graduate Certificate?

Your time is valuable and we want to help you decide which credential you need to advance in your career and get a return on your investment. Review your options and choose the right credential for your needs.

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Why a Certificate is Valuable


A more immediate return on your investment


Potential for higher pay and added job security


Build a more robust network of professionals

Specialized Graduate Certificate

Quickly gain a new credential and dig into a subject area that can help you advance in your career.

Cost $11,408
Courses 4
Length 6 Months
Good fit for:
  • Want to switch careers and enter a new field
  • Need to brush up your skills in a specific area
  • Want to eventually pursue a master's degree, but want a certificate first
  • Need a graduate credential for promotion, a salary raise, or advancement
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Graduate Certificate Student

"The program was straightforward, focused, and challenging. It has prepared me for continuing on to my master's degree."

Graduate Certificate

A certificate is more than a line on your resume, it's a whole new set of advanced skills in a chosen field.

Cost $17,112
Courses 6
Length 12 Months
Good fit for:
  • Have completed the four-course certificate and want to continue on
  • Plan to pursue a master's degree, but want a certificate first
  • Want deeper skills and knowledge in a subject area
  • Need specific skills and knowledge for career advancement
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Graduate Certificate Student

"This program marked the start of a career change for me and I am glad that the certificate is helping me achieve the educational goals that will be necessary for me to get to that step."

How Does a Graduate Certificate Compare to a Master's?

If you're looking to continue your education and quickly develop new skills, earning a graduate certificate may be ideal for your career goals. If you want to dig deeper into a subject area and cultivate your leadership skills, a master's degree could be right for you.

Master's Degree

Knowledge is power, and with a career-focused master's degree you can increase your earning power and potential.

Cost $34,224
Courses 12
Length 18 Months
Good fit for:
  • Want to advance your career with a specialty skillset and leadership abilities
  • Have completed a graduate certificate and want to continue your education
  • Need a graduate degree for promotion, a salary raise, or advancement
  • Want to switch careers and get up-to-speed on a new area
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Martha Brown
Digital Strategist at UCHealth

"My DU education, even while still being in school, put me ahead of other candidates and landed me a full-time job. Two years later, I am making 45% more than I did at my last job."

Can I Apply Graduate Certificate Credits toward a Master's?

Yes! Credits successfully earned can be applied to a master's degree in the same subject area.