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Choose Hodges University for Your Certificate Program

See for yourself just how easily Certifications can give you the Skills and Training you need to achieve more from your career (or jump into a new career). Whether in the classroom, online, in your living room, or halfway around the world, we have the certification to fit your unique circumstances.

What is the difference between a Certificate, a Graduate Certificate, a Certification, and an Industry Certification?

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates are for those who already hold at least a Bachelor’s degree but want graduate-level coursework in the same or another specialization. Often, those who hold graduate degrees will take advantage of these programs to add graduate semester hours (typically 18) to obtain the academic achievement needed to teach college-level courses.

These programs also attract those currently pursuing a graduate degree who wish to specialize in a concentration (typically 9 graduate semester hours) or require additional hours to reach the 18 credit hours needed to complete a Master’s Degree. For example, an MBA graduate whose curriculum was in general business but whose interests and/or employment include Public Administration or Database Management, could take the certificate as an “add-on” to the degree and meet the typical minimum qualification to teach in that selected discipline.

Lastly, Grad certificates can be taken as stand-alone credentials for advancement in one’s career or to provide a vehicle for skills and knowledge updating.

Examples of Graduate Certificates

  • Cybersecurity
  • Database Management
  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination

Undergraduate Certificates

Undergraduate certificates are intended for those enrolled in an Associate or Bachelor’s degree program who wish to concentrate elective choices in a given area. These programs allow undergrad students to earn additional credentials, giving them a competitive edge in their field of study. 

Hodges University’s curriculum covers a wide range of topics and disciplines in fields such as business, computer science, and marketing. They can also be taken stand-alone, helpful for those with some earned credits to complete their degree.

If you’re looking to expand your skills, but don’t necessarily want to take an entire professional certificate program, Hodges also offers various non-credit industry-specific certifications that may be a fit.

Examples of Undergraduate Certificates

  • eBusiness Software
  • eBusiness Ventures
  • eDiscovery and eLitigation

Non-Credit Programs and Industry Certifications Explained

Non-Credit programs are intended to provide students with training in specific workforce-preparedness or advancement areas. 

Industry Certifications are examinations offered by third parties and verify that an individual has the specific knowledge, skills, or abilities. They may be articulated for college credit for the specific courses. Typically these credentials are awarded by an industry giant such as CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe, or by a government entity.

Examples of Undergraduate Certificates

  • AuotCAD Drafting
  • Graphic Design Production
  • Help Desk Support
  • Information Technology Support
  • Networking Specialist
  • UX and Web Design
  • Animation Design
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