Specialty Graduate Programs
|Graduate Certificates||Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree|
|Non-degree Graduate Enrollment||Inter-campus Enrollment|
Looking to advance your career? Explore the various graduate certificate programs to develop news skills or explore a new discipline for a competitive advantage.
Graduate certificates programs typically consist of 12-21 credits, or 4 to 7 courses. Students may finish a graduate certificate in just a few semesters, or add one to a master's program.
The application process and admission requirements are less rigorous than those of a master's or doctoral program. No entrance exams!
View graduate certificate options below and click to learn more through the Graduate Catalog:
- Advanced Writing
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Artificial Intelligence
- Biomedical Science
- Business for Bioscientists
- Business in Health Administration
- Communication Networks
- Computer Science Education
- Data Analytics
- Geographic Information Science
- Global Information Operations
- Human Resources & Training
- Information Assurance
- Instruction in Urban Schools
- Intelligence and National Security
- Managing Juvenile & Adult Populations
- Nonprofit Management
- Project Management
- Public Management
- Software Engineering
- Supply Chain Management
- Systems Analysis & Design
- Systems and Architecture
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Technical Communication
The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is a post-master's program in which candidates attain a broad and systematic understanding of professional education, knowledge of a particular field of specialization, and an ability to apply theoretical concepts of education in an actual educational context.
This program is designed for the experienced practitioner who holds a master's degree and administrative certificate, and wishes to complete the requirements for a superintendent's certificate from area states.
Those looking to take a few courses for a semester or two may do so as a non-degree graduate student. Consider applying as a non-degree graduate student if you hold a baccalaureate degree and align with one of the following situations:
- I am looking to take a course for leisure or professional development purposes
- I missed an application deadline, but want to get a start on courses if I get admitted for a future term
- I am not sure if a program or discipline is right for me, so I want to take a course or two to get a better feel
- I need just a semester or two of graduate courses to maintain a professional license or certification
- My undergraduate grade point average (GPA) does not meet the requirements for admission, so I hope to establish a better GPA as a graduate student to show promise on a future application to a graduate program.
Students looking to apply as a non-degree graduate student may browse available courses through the Registrar's Class Search tool. Select the appropriate term, subject of interest, and career (graduate) to find courses.*
*Note: some courses may not be open to non-degree students, or require special permission from an advisor or faculty member. This will be noted near the description and prerequisite section of each course listing.
Some graduate programs allow students to enroll for courses at other institutions and count toward program requirements. Students wishing to complete courses through an inter-campus agreement are required to obtain approval from a program advisor and complete the necessary paperwork with the Office of Graduate Studies.
To learn about available options for your program and applicable courses offered at another NU campus, contact your advisor.