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What is a Graduate Certificate?

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education (2019), graduate certificates are the fastest-growing form of post-secondary credentials in the United States and can be a quick and inexpensive way to add skills to your resume. Earning a graduate certificate offers several significant benefits that appeal to professionals seeking to further their education.


1. An Increase in Pay: Individuals can expect to receive an estimated 13-25% increase in salary.


2. Quick Return on Investment: Earning a certificate can often be done in a year or less.


3. Added Job Security: Earning a graduate certificate keeps the individual competitive in their current role by building new skill sets.


4. Launch a New Career: A graduate certificate can also help transition the individual into new positions or careers.


5. Preparation for a Graduate Degree: Graduate certificates are a convenient steppingstone on the pathway to earning a graduate degree.