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Education is changing, and the professional landscape is evolving to keep up. More and more, students are opting to earn online certificates in addition to — or instead of — pursuing full college degrees.
Certificate programs exist at all levels. At Maryville University, we currently offer certificate programs with 100% online coursework at the bachelor’s, post-bachelor’s, and post-master’s levels, with more to come. If you’re looking for the most direct route toward upskilling, reskilling, or retooling your professional focus, an online certificate might be your best move.
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An online certificate program isn’t a replacement for a degree, but it can sometimes offer similar benefits for career-minded students. Earning your online certificate gives you the chance to focus on college-level core coursework that helps you learn the skills most relevant to your career. That means you can earn your credential, build college-level skills, and hit the ground running in your career in less time than it would take you to complete a traditional college degree program.
To give you an idea of what you can expect from our online certificate programs, take a look at a couple of our more popular programs and what they offer.
If you want to get your start in computer science without pursuing a full bachelor’s degree, you can begin with your online certificate. At Maryville, we offer five fully online, for-credit certificate programs in our computer science suite. Learn the fundamentals and get started on your computer science career with your certificate in artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, data science, software development, or user experience/user interface (UX/UI).
These programs are streamlined to help you build your foundation in as few as six courses (18 credit hours). Then, you can apply all your coursework toward a bachelor’s degree in computer science, or round out your computer science skills with a second certificate. Coursework from the certificates in data science or cybersecurity can also be applied toward a bachelor’s degree in those subjects.
Big data and machine learning are big business, and organizations across almost every industry are investing billions of dollars in tech solutions to optimize their operations. With that opportunity comes huge potential for growth.
With your online certificate in big data or machine learning, you can prepare for a lucrative, high-impact career in these booming fields. Our program is designed to give you a real-world, project-based education tailored to your personal strengths and goals and help you begin to build a graduate-level foundation in just five courses (15 credit hours) — a fraction of the time it would take to earn a master’s degree.
Want to pursue both the big data and machine learning certificates? Once you finish one certificate program, you can earn your second certificate in only three additional courses (9 credit hours).
If you already have your master’s degree in nursing and are looking for your next step, a post-master’s certificate might be for you. These programs can help you specialize and advance your nursing knowledge after you’ve already completed your MSN, so you can stay up to date and keep progressing.
At Maryville, we offer online nursing certificates in adult-gerontology primary care, pediatric primary care, adult-gerontology acute care, or family nurse practitioner. Depending on the specialization you choose, your program will range from 12 to 21 credits. Best of all, you can benefit from 100% online coursework and complete your clinicals in a local, convenient location.
As many as 10% of Americans may live with a communication, speech, and/or hearing disorder. In addition to the human cost, these disorders could result in a staggering economic impact of $186 billion per year.* It’s easy to see why demand for qualified professionals in speech, hearing, and language development is on the rise. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects high growth for careers in these areas between 2019 and 2029, including for speech-language pathologists (25%) and audiologists (13%).
With your 100% online certificate in communication sciences and disorders, you can build the foundational knowledge to make a difference. This 47-credit certificate program is designed for people who have already earned their bachelor’s degree in a different subject but who want to prepare for a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or audiology. Learn from industry-experienced professors in a practical, project-based curriculum, and prepare for graduate-level studies in this rewarding — and growing — field.
*Robert J. Ruben, “Redefining the Survival of the Fittest: Communication Disorders in the 21st Century”
Earning your online certificate is a brave step. It’s also a big one. You want to choose the right university — one with a reputation for delivering a quality, respected curriculum in the online environment.
At Maryville, we’ve been innovating in education for nearly 150 years. We know high-quality online education, because we’ve been providing it for a long time. When you choose Maryville, you choose a university with a reputation for academic excellence and a proven dedication to helping you complete your goals in any way we can. We believe everything outside the classroom, from application through graduation, should be simple and streamlined, so you can focus on what’s important: your education.
We know life can be busy. If you’re like most people, your schedule doesn’t really allow for full-time, on-campus education. That’s why we’re committed to offering programs that work around you and your life. We designed our online certificates to allow you the flexibility to study and learn when and where you want, so you can achieve your goals on your terms. Our online programs use intuitive education platforms that are simple to navigate and fully supported, which makes getting your certificate even more convenient.
Bring us your ambition and we’ll guide you along a personalized path to a quality education that’s designed to change your life.