Graduate Certificates: What They Are and What They Do

By Algonquin College Modified on February 02, 2022
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 Graduate Certificates: What Are They & What They Do

So you just graduated and you’re wondering what’s next? We’ve got you covered. Welcome to the world of graduate certificates! What’s that, you ask? How does it work, you wonder? Allow us to shed some light on the subject.

What is a graduate certificate?

A graduate certificate is an academic credential offered to students who have obtained a diploma, advanced diploma or a degree and wish to continue their studies to dive deeper into their field of interest. These are post-grad credentials that are viewed as specializations.

These bad boys also take way less time to complete than regular diplomas or degrees, in some cases, as little as 42 weeks. Graduate certificates empower you to cut to the chase and accomplish your goals faster!

OK. What does it do?

Let’s say you graduated from the Advertising and Marketing Communications Management program with an advanced diploma. You can then enroll in the Brand Management program to obtain a graduate certificate that tells the world, “I’m a professional advertiser and marketer who specializes in brand management!”

Essentially, since you’ve already done a ton of legwork, getting a graduate certificate is the cherry on top. This gives you an edge on the competition and shows that you really know your stuff. It also unlocks career opportunities that might not have been previously available to you, which leads to more money. Sounds like a win-win!

Neat. How can I get one?

By applying to a graduate certificate program, of course! Graduate certificate programs are open to applicants with at least some post-secondary education at the university or college level.

With more than 50 Algonquin College programs to choose from, the world is your oyster! Find your perfect fit today!

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