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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 Federal Financial Aid
Artist Diploma Graduate Disclosure Information
Arts and Culture
  Arts Development & Program Management
Graduate Disclosure Information
Communication Management
  Alternative Dispute Resolution
  Learning and Development
  Marketing Communication
  Organizational Communication
  Public Relations
Graduate Disclosure Information
Curriculum, Instruction & Teaching
  Teacher Education Program-Elementary
  Teacher Education Program-K-12
  Teacher Education Program-Secondary
Graduate Disclosure Information
Education Leadership & Policy Studies Graduate Disclosure Information
Early Childhood Special Education
Graduate Disclosure Information
Environmental Policy & Management
  Environmental Health & Safety
  Environmental Management
  Environmental Assessment of Nuclear Power
  Environmental Policy
  Energy & Sustainability
  Natural Resource Management
Graduate Disclosure Information
Geographic Information Systems Graduate Disclosure Information
Global Affairs
  Global Issues
  Translation Studies
  World History and Culture
Graduate Disclosure Information
Healthcare Leadership
  Healthcare Policy & Regulatory Leadership 
  Medical & Healthcare Information Technology
  Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
Graduate Disclosure Information

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

Graduate Disclosure Information
Leadership and Organizations
  Human Capital in Organizations
  Philanthropic Leadership
  Strategic Innovation & Change
Graduate Disclosure Information
Legal Administration Graduate Disclosure Information
Library and Information Science
  Research Data Management
Graduate Disclosure Information
Professional Creative Writing Graduate Disclosure Information
Security Management
  Emergency Planning & Response
  Information Security
  Organizational Security
Graduate Disclosure Information
Sport Coaching
  Strength and Conditioning and Fitness Coaching
Graduate Disclosure Information
Strategic Human Resource Management
  HR Employment Relations
  HR Management & Development
  HR Operations
Graduate Disclosure Information

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