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.
"The research flexibility has allowed me to work on my interdisciplinary Ph.D. while continuing to work full time at advancing my current career."
"I found that getting to know my professors really helped me succeed in class, and because of that, they have become my life-long mentors, helping me succeed in my full-time career."
"The MSEE program at UNC Charlotte offers a great variety of coursework/research areas, dedicated faculty, and has armed me with valuable skills and experience that enabled me to land an outstanding job as a software engineer for a digital radio broadcasting company upon graduation."
"Bioinformatics is a new and fast-growing field. It needs dedicated and insightful leaders and teachers to flourish and I assure you, we have them here at CCI."
"At UNC Charlotte I was able to complete both my MS in Information Technology and a graduate certificate in information security and privacy that were instrumental in qualifying me for my current position."