Post-baccalaureate advanced certificates increase options for graduate students

Graduate education is more than master’s and doctoral degrees. A growing option that provides students with a specialty beyond a bachelor’s education without the commitment of a graduate degree is a post-baccalaureate advanced certificate.

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education certificates are “the fastest growing form of postsecondary credentials in the nation.” The appeal of the graduate certificate continues to increase because they are an affordable educational or professional development option that often take less than a year to complete.

Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate programs provide specialized training with minimum investment of time and money while offering a potentially significant payback. The Washington Post states adding a post-baccalaureate certificate to your experience can add an average of 13 to 25 percent increase in earnings.

Most certificate programs are designed to supplement your current education and serve as a way to boost your career advancement potential, break into a new industry, or as a stepping stone into a master’s program.

"Certificates and master’s degrees have some things in common, in that they both should balance theory and practice: the "how" and "why" of doing something. Certificates are obviously shorter, which means a more condensed time to do this,” said Integrated Media and Social Networks graduate program coordinator, Ulises Mejias. “Thus, they are usually meant for people who already have some background in a discipline, or who want to get a short introduction to a field without the expense and time commitment of a Master degree,” Mejias continued.

In a competitive job market, specialized skills are extremely valuable. That’s why SUNY Oswego’s graduate certificate curriculums reflect emerging trends in fast growing industries and innovative opportunities to build skills in a particular area. Theory combined with real world practice equips students with the necessary knowledge to take the next step in their career.

SUNY Oswego currently offers 8 certificates in fast growing fields such as health, information technology, counseling and integrated media to keep you current and competitive.

Classes are offered online or in mix of online and on campus learning. Flexible and convenient scheduling allow you to pursue professional goals without sacrificing your personal responsibilities.

For more information and a complete list of post-baccalaureate graduate certificates, visit the Division of Graduate Studies page.