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Cheap Graduate Certificate
#1
Does anyone know of any cheap graduate certificate programs that can be done quickly, preferably CEU’s so it can be done quickly.

Anything in business, marketing, leadership

Just looking for resume fluff
MSML, Western Governors University (In Progress)
MBA, Western Governors University (Check)
B.S. Charter Oak State College (Check)

Transferred in 84 Credits from a 4 year school

COSC - Cornerstone (A), Capstone (A)
Straighterline
English I 84%, English II 80%, U.S. History 92%, Cultural Anthropology 82%, Intro to Religion 80%, Intro to Comm 90%, Business Ethics 83%, Principles of Management 79%, Intro to Criminal Justice 82%, Intro to Env Science 84%, Org Behavior 73%, Intro to Business 85% Business Comm 84%, Micro Econ 86%
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Goblue34 Wrote:Just looking for resume fluff

Cheap doesn't mean good value.

Why do you want or think you need the graduate certificate? You are obviously ambivalent on the topic, so it's not about showing an actual skill.

My general philosophy with academic education is it falls into one of three categories:
  1. Requirements - These are the items required to get through a HR screen or strict job requirements (ex. a teaching position requiring a bachelor degree and credential).
  2. Standouts - Things that make someone go "wow" without asking "but why are they applying here" or raising alarm bells. This is why the difference between a state school ranked 25th tends to not make a difference compared to an unranked school when you are mid-career, but a top 10 school will continue to have an edge past mid-career.
  3. Continuing Education - This is the catchall for everything else. So everything else should provide you with a return on investment based off the actual educational value.

Which of the three are you attempting with your graduate certificate?
Educational Goal: MBA by Spring 2018
B.S. in Business Administration, COSC, Expected Winter 2015, Started May 30, 2015

Upcoming:
Fall Courses (9c): COSC BUS 201: Business Statistics | BYU ENGL 316: Technical Writing | BYU Psych 330: Organizational Psychology
Progress (89/120c):
8/16/2015 COSC (3c): IDS 101 Cornerstone: A
8/08/2015 UExcel (6c): Research Methods in Psychology: A | Social Psychology: A
7/20/2015 UExcel (6c): Human Resource Management: A | Labor Relations: A
7/06/2015 CLEP (6c): American Government: 63 | Principles of Microeconomics: 73
7/02/2015 UExcel (3c): Organization Behavior: A
6/19/2015 DSST (9c): Business Ethics and Society: 453 | Environment and Humanity: 444 | Substance Abuse: 427
6/15/2015 CLEP (12c): Information Systems: 77 | Introductory Business Law: 71 | Principles of Marketing: 71 | Principles of Management: 73
6/12/2015 Transfer Credits post Academic Forgiveness (44c): Community College: 36c | AP: 8c
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cptdilbert Wrote:Cheap doesn't mean good value.

Why do you want or think you need the graduate certificate? You are obviously ambivalent on the topic, so it's not about showing an actual skill.

My general philosophy with academic education is it falls into one of three categories:
  1. Requirements - These are the items required to get through a HR screen or strict job requirements (ex. a teaching position requiring a bachelor degree and credential).
  2. Standouts - Things that make someone go "wow" without asking "but why are they applying here" or raising alarm bells. This is why the difference between a state school ranked 25th tends to not make a difference compared to an unranked school when you are mid-career, but a top 10 school will continue to have an edge past mid-career.
  3. Continuing Education - This is the catchall for everything else. So everything else should provide you with a return on investment based off the actual educational value.

Which of the three are you attempting with your graduate certificate?

2&3

Just looking for something cheap and fast that adds to the resume. I found a site that listed the cheapest graduate certificates, but I forgot to bookmark it so I thought I would ask.
MSML, Western Governors University (In Progress)
MBA, Western Governors University (Check)
B.S. Charter Oak State College (Check)

Transferred in 84 Credits from a 4 year school

COSC - Cornerstone (A), Capstone (A)
Straighterline
English I 84%, English II 80%, U.S. History 92%, Cultural Anthropology 82%, Intro to Religion 80%, Intro to Comm 90%, Business Ethics 83%, Principles of Management 79%, Intro to Criminal Justice 82%, Intro to Env Science 84%, Org Behavior 73%, Intro to Business 85% Business Comm 84%, Micro Econ 86%
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Goblue34 Wrote:Just looking for something cheap and fast that adds to the resume. I found a site that listed the cheapest graduate certificates, but I forgot to bookmark it so I thought I would ask.

What's your field? Where are you in your career right now? What drove you to the BSBA? What's your plans after the certificate for education, if anything? What type of position are you hoping to be applying for?
Educational Goal: MBA by Spring 2018
B.S. in Business Administration, COSC, Expected Winter 2015, Started May 30, 2015

Upcoming:
Fall Courses (9c): COSC BUS 201: Business Statistics | BYU ENGL 316: Technical Writing | BYU Psych 330: Organizational Psychology
Progress (89/120c):
8/16/2015 COSC (3c): IDS 101 Cornerstone: A
8/08/2015 UExcel (6c): Research Methods in Psychology: A | Social Psychology: A
7/20/2015 UExcel (6c): Human Resource Management: A | Labor Relations: A
7/06/2015 CLEP (6c): American Government: 63 | Principles of Microeconomics: 73
7/02/2015 UExcel (3c): Organization Behavior: A
6/19/2015 DSST (9c): Business Ethics and Society: 453 | Environment and Humanity: 444 | Substance Abuse: 427
6/15/2015 CLEP (12c): Information Systems: 77 | Introductory Business Law: 71 | Principles of Marketing: 71 | Principles of Management: 73
6/12/2015 Transfer Credits post Academic Forgiveness (44c): Community College: 36c | AP: 8c
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#5
Maybe not what you are looking for, but I think the Financial Management certificate from Cornell would look great on a resume. It is $3600 and 3 months in duration.

Financial Management | eCornell

There are other certificates available in Marketing, Leadership, Strategic Management, etc. About eCornell | eCornell
I don't know what the future holds, but I know Who holds the future.
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#6
Goblue34 Wrote:Does anyone know of any cheap graduate certificate programs that can be done quickly, preferably CEU’s so it can be done quickly.

Anything in business, marketing, leadership

Just looking for resume fluff

If your BS is still in progress, you may not qualify for admission into a BS just yet.

My suggestion is to look at potential full degree options - like MBA - and make a list of a half dozen schools. Within that list, see if any offer a graduate certificate that fits perfectly into one of their degrees. That way, you're double dipping- you'll have a grad certificate on your resume for now, and you'll be in progress on an MBA for later (without extra credit, work, or cash). Good luck!
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