Academics are the cornerstone of a UNC Charlotte graduate education with more than 5,000 graduate students gaining the intellectual and professional skills necessary to prepare them for productive lives in a global, knowledge-based world. Over 100 innovative graduate programs respond to the needs of the Charlotte region and beyond, constantly striving to meet the evolving needs of business, industry, and education. Breadth and depth exemplify graduate education at UNC Charlotte where 700 graduate faculty are engaged in mentoring students in cutting edge programs.
A graduate certificate program is a stand-alone credential that typically consists of 12-15 credit hours of graduate coursework in a focused area of study. The graduate certificate or post-master’s graduate certificate may provide individuals with specialized training in a particular academic and/or occupational area, as well as augment professional skills to help advance their careers.
Many of UNC Charlotte’s graduate certificate programs consist of a subset of courses required for a master’s degree, so they enable individuals to quickly gain admission and begin a program of study before committing to a master’s degree. Credit hours earned in a certificate program may be applied to a master’s or doctoral program pursued either in conjunction with or after the certificate has been awarded. Note that credits earned in a certificate program may not be used to satisfy the requirements of a second certificate program.
View a list of our current Graduate Certificates and fast track your way to an even higher education.