What is a Post-Bachelor's Certificate Program?
Generally, post-bachelor's or post-baccalaureate certificate programs are focused on a particular topic or subject area. They may benefit students who want to prepare for professional or graduate school or who want to acquire additional skills in order to advance in their careers. Certificates are offered in a variety of disciplines, including business, history, liberal studies, math, political science, counseling, education and information systems.
Post-bachelor's certificate programs may be offered online or on-campus. They usually take from a couple of months to one year to complete, depending on the number of courses. They are less intense and involve a shorter course of study than master's degree programs, which may take two years or more to complete. An institution may allow a student to transfer credits from a post-bachelor's certificate towards a master's degree.
Students entering a post-bachelor's certificate program must submit transcripts from previous schools attended. These transcripts must show that the student has earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year institution.
A post-bachelor's certificate is a graduate program. Therefore, applicants must meet admission requirements to enter graduate school. Many colleges require that an applicant achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 3.0 scale for their undergraduate work. Some schools may require an applicant to take certain prerequisite courses if they weren't completed as part of a bachelor's program. These courses can be taken during a summer session to meet college requirements.