Graduate certificates are handy - it's like a mini-master's. They're particularly handy if your undergrad degree isn't related to your current or desired field, or if you just want a competitive edge.
Originally Posted by marianne202
The education section of your resume would read:
- Graduate Certificate in Something Or The Other, University of Whatever
- Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, Excelsior College
Some of my target grad programs offer both a grad certificate and a MS, with the certificate program consisting of the core courses of the MS. Finish the certificate, and you're a third of the way through the MS!
And don't forget, if you're formally enrolled in a graduate certificate program, you are usually eligible for the same graduate financial aid as those enrolled in graduate degree programs.
BSLS Excelsior College, conferred 9-09
started MS in Instructional Design program, Spring 2010
April 4 2009 through July 6 2009: 1 GRE subject exam + 1 Penn Foster credit + 11 DANTES exams = 61 credits. Average per-credit cost = $23.44.
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