Upon receiving a master's degree, some students express a desire to continue their education but are not quite ready to commit to a doctorate program. These students can instead opt for post-master courses, which are usually taken as part of certificate programs. Programs exist in just about every academic field, so students have plenty of options.
Here are a few concepts that post-master courses often contain:
- Ethics & professionalism
- Educational settings
- Higher education policies
- Resource management
- Gender studies
- Criminal justice
Examples of Post-Master's Courses
Supply Chain Management Course
Found in various types of marketing programs, this course covers the role of distribution in industries. It focuses on how to develop a plan to distribute goods in a modern global market place that has strong pricing, shrinking margins, stiff competition and large capital investments. Students also discuss how to retain quality customer service and increase corporate profits.
Leadership in Nursing Education Course
Many schools offer post-master's courses and certificate programs to registered nurses with master's degrees. This course, for individuals who plan to teach nursing at the college level, focuses on classroom and clinical teaching and addresses the role of the nurse educator. Students also complete a faculty-supervised practicum in an approved setting that provides education to nursing students, patients and/or staff.
Cataloging and Classification Course
Students of a library science post-master's certificate program will learn about bibliographic organization used in libraries. Participants learn about descriptive cataloging standards, machine-based representation, subject analysis and classification. The Dewey Decimal System is covered, as are several other organizational systems.
Intro to Health Care Informatics Course
Post-master's certificate programs in health care informatics deal with the management of electronic health records and other information that is stored electronically. This introductory course covers the skills and tools of the informatics field. Improvement of quality, consumer-centered care, safety and efficiency are also addressed.
Networks and Telecommunications Course
This is one of the courses found in a post-master's certificate in information technology. The curriculum covers the various hardware and software related to network and telecommunication services. Students also learn about the acquisition and identification of network and telecommunications services in modern business and how to manage these services.