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Graduate Certificates

These shorter online programs of study allow you to focus on a specific area to gain expertise quickly. Earn a certificate on its own or apply the credits to a graduate degree should you wish to continue your studies.

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Our online graduate certificates may be the right fit if you…

  • Desire to develop or improve skills needed for your career
  • Want to boost your resume
  • Value faith-infused curriculum
  • Appreciate an online format that fits your busy life
  • Crave an interactive and supportive virtual community

Why pursue a graduate certificate at Northwestern?

Our online graduate certificates are intentionally designed to be both realistically attainable and undeniably valuable. Discover faith-infused training that will propel you forward as you step into key roles across a variety of industries.

Pursuing one of UNW’s online graduate certificates provides an opportunity to develop your skill set and stay relevant in your field. Plus, develop a professional network and lasting friendships as you interact with expert professors and fellow students.

Experience it all within a supportive Christian community to encourage you as you live out your calling.

Program Features
  • Specialized skill development
  • Expert faculty who are active in their fields
  • Biblically based curriculum that interlocks faith and purpose
  • Courses optimized for quality and user experience

Fully transferable toward the completion of a master’s degree, should you decide to continue your studies.

This program transformed me into a better leader. I am better equipped to be the pastor and leader I want to be, and I see God has called me to be, so that I can equip the Church to continue to raise up life-long followers of Jesus.
Spencer Larsen
Graduate | M.A. in Ministry Leadership
The professors know a lot about their field, and they are succinct and can teach quite a bit in a short amount of time. I've seen this in every class I've had.
What will I learn?

As you pursue one of UNW’s online graduate certificates, you will learn to lead effectively, develop industry-specific skills, and adapt to change. Dive into one of these practical graduate certificates that will prepare you for success in a variety of fields.

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Jessa Nelson, MOL
Healthcare is 100% about people. That’s why it so beautifully aligns with our Christian values. Our mission is to train leaders, to influence the marketplace toward Christlike behavior. We’re teaching people to love each other well, in this context that people absolutely rely on to meet their needs.
Jessa Nelson, MOL
Faculty | Assistant Dean, School of Business
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Meet the Graduate Certificate Faculty

Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Faculty for our online graduate certificate programs include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your knowledge, skills, and faith while you earn your degree.

Throughout our graduate certificate programs, study under professors who not only have decades of past experience but are active in their respective industries. This means you will have the opportunity to learn about real-world challenges, develop niche skills needed for your area of interest, and expand your professional network.

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FAQ | Online Graduate Certificates

Still have questions about earning an online graduate certificate? Check out a few of our most frequently asked questions!