What is a Certificate of Completion?

By Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Posted on February 23, 2016  in  [ Psychology & Counseling ]

After earning a bachelor’s degree, you may find that you need more education in order to pursue your dream job. A solution to this dilemma might be a certificate of completion.

A certificate of completion is typically a short program that consists of graduate-level courses that can take about a year to complete. Some students choose to earn a certificate of completion after earning a bachelor’s degree to gain further knowledge in an area of interest; others choose to earn a certificate of completion before pursuing graduate school. If you are considering a graduate program, this certificate can help you see how graduate courses might go if you decide you want to pursue your next degree.

But, what do these credits count toward? Your master’s degree, of course! If you take on the certificate and decide to later pursue a master’s degree, the credits you earn for your certificate may count toward certain credits within your master’s degree program.

If you decide a master’s degree is not for you, or you want to hold off for a while before going pursuing the next degree, there is still benefit to having the extra knowledge that you did not have before. For example, you can list your certificate on your resume to show future employers that you have knowledge in a certain subject area.

Grand Canyon University might be the place to look when considering a certificate of completion in your area of interest. GCU offers several online graduate certificates of completion, several of which are contained in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Some of these include a gradate certificate in health psychology, life coaching and forensic psychology, among others.

If you are considering an online graduate certificate program at GCU, make sure you choose the right one for you. To learn more about certificates of completion and how to apply, contact us to request more information.

More about the author:

Jessalyn Johnson is a freshman at Grand Canyon University. She is an English literature major with a minor in theatre. Coming all the way from Central Florida to Phoenix, Jessalyn has enjoyed the change of environment and loves being a student at GCU. She has adjusted well and is excited to continue her journey at the college. Jessalyn has recently become a member of the StartleBloom: The GCU Literary Review Editorial Board, with the review making its debut in 2016. In her free time she enjoys creative writing, photography, acting and film.

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