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Top 10 Certification Programs in the U.S.

Colleges and universities do not typically host certification programs; however, many certificate programs in various fields may prepare students to sit for certification exams. See which highly ranked schools offer certificate programs. Get details about the programs for these schools, and decide if one of these institutions is right for you. View article »

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  • 0:04 School Information
  • 0:41 University of Pittsburgh
  • 0:57 Purdue University
  • 1:18 Bowling Green State University
  • 1:37 Additional Schools

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School Information

If you're looking to get certified in a particular field, there are a host of certificate programs available at schools all across the country. Certificate programs may be offered at the undergraduate or graduate level. The University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, Purdue University in Indiana, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio, are three 4-year schools that offer certificate programs in subjects like entrepreneurship, management, and education. These schools were chosen because of their high pass rates and enrollment numbers.

University of Pittsburgh

At the University of Pittsburgh, 98% of students pass their licensing and certification tests. Certification options are available in various forms of education as well as applied behavioral analysis at this school.

Purdue University

Purdue University's main certificate program is in entrepreneurship and innovation and roughly 1,500 students enroll in this program each year. Purdue also offers many graduate certificates in programs like hybrid vehicle systems, instructional design, and gerontology.

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University offers 8-week online certificate programs as well as 16-week blended certificate programs. Undergraduate certificates in management and supervision, bookkeeping, and small business management are available and there are over 20 graduate certificates to choose from.

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  • Computer Sciences
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  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Additional Schools

There are a few other schools that offer top-rated certificate programs around the U.S. For example:

College/University Name Distinction Location
Northeastern University 113 graduate certificate programs available; most certificate programs offered online or in a blended format Boston, MA
Northern Arizona University Over 70 certificate programs offered; most options available in administration, business, and management Flagstaff, AZ
Saint Louis University Undergraduate and post-bachelor's certificates offered through the School of Professional Studies that can be taken either face-to-face or online; programs may be completed in under a year Saint Louis, MO
University of Akron Undergraduate certificate programs for teachers, including teaching English as a second language and conflict management for educators Akron, OH
University of California - Berkeley In addition to a variety of certificate programs, has teacher credentialing programs are available in adult education and career technical education Berkeley, CA
University of Maryland - Baltimore County Post-baccalaureate certificates are available in several subjects, including education, emergency health services, and engineering Baltimore, MD
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Four post-baccalaureate certificates, licensure, or endorsement programs available in autism spectrum disorders, environmental education, community college teaching, and educational computing and technology Minneapolis, MN

Certificate programs in education, business management, and bookkeeping are available at universities all over the U.S. Students may consider a program with an online, blended, or traditional format.

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