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Discover our leading certificate programs.

What is a Certificate?

Academic or credit certificate programs provide substantial education in a specific academic discipline or may be interdisciplinary but center on a coherent and freestanding body of knowledge. The certificate issued at the completion of the program represents the achievement of competence in a well-defined area of study. Academic certificates require a minimum of 24 quarter hours or 16 semester hours of credit.

Why a Certificate?

Certificates are a great way to further your education in an existing field or to get your feet wet in a brand new one. DU offers a wide variety of certificate programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Some certificates are even eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Financial Aid Eligibility

 Federal regulations govern the disclosure of gainful employment and other statistics in relation to certificate programs at an institution. In order to be eligible for funding under the Title IV programs, an educational certificate program must prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation." Information on what is considered a "gainful employment" program, and definitions of the information an institution must disclose maybe found in Disclosure Details. The full regulation may be found in the Federal Register.


Federal Financial Aid Eligible

Certificate Programs Level
Artist Diploma Graduate
Arts and Culture
Arts Development & Program Management
Art, Literature, & Culture
Creative Writing
Curriculum & Instruction
Teacher Education Program-Elementary
Teacher Education Program-K-12
Teacher Education Program-Secondary
Education Leadership & Policy Studies
Environmental Policy & Management
Environmental Health & Safety
Environmental Management
Environmental Assessment of Nuclear Power
Environmental Policy
Energy & Sustainability
Natural Resource Management
Geographic Information Systems Graduate
Global Affairs
Global Issues
Translation Studies
World History and Culture
Healthcare Leadership
Healthcare Policy & Regulatory Leadership 
Medical & Healthcare Information Technology
Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations

Information & Communication Technology
Database Design & Administration
Information Systems Security
Mobile Application Development
Project Management
Software Design & Programming
Telecommunications Technology
Technology Management
Web Design & Development

Leadership and Organization
Human Capital in Organizations
Philanthropic Leadership
Strategic Innovation & Change
Legal Administration Graduate
Organizational and Professional Communication
Alternative Dispute Resolution
New Media and Internet Marketing
Organizational Development,Training and Learning
Public Relations and Marketing
Organizational Communication
Security Management
Emergency Planning & Response
Information Security
Organizational Security
Strategic HR Management
Global Human Resources
HR Management & Development

Click here for a downloadable list of aid eligible certificates (pdf).

For more information on the program select the major.

DU is required to disclose information for Federal Financial Aid eligible programs.