What is a Graduate Certificate?

A graduate certificate can be awarded in as little as two semesters since it is a shorter term of study in a specialized topic area. Students who earn a certificate complete four courses or 12 to 14 credit hours in a communication specialization of their choice. UF CJC Online graduate certificates feature introductory and core courses that give students the opportunity to learn new skills. The certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the four courses.

Certificate courses can sometimes be used to satisfy degree requirements for a master’s degree dependent upon the institution’s requirements. Any of the UF CJC Online certificates listed below can be used to satisfy UF CJC Online master’s requirements. To be considered to continue as a master’s student upon completion of a certificate, a student must submit a master’s application.

Graduate Certificate Offerings

Click on the following links to learn more about the graduate certificates offered by the CJC Online program.

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What are the primary differences between a certificate and master’s degree?

  • Graduate certificate students do not qualify for federally guaranteed financial aid (student loans).
  • Graduate certificates have a shorter application process than master’s programs.

How do I choose between a graduate certificate and a master’s degree?

  • A master’s degree is a significantly bigger accomplishment because it results in a graduate degree. A master’s degree takes longer to complete and gives students a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of a specialization. A CJC Online master’s degree consists of 33 to 38 credit hours of coursework.
  • A graduate certificate provides useful skills and knowledge about a subject area at a more basic level and does not result in a degree. The certificate consists of 12 to 14 credit hours of coursework.