Certificate programs

A new slew of certificate programs replaces the need for a master’s degree for some.

Integrated Marketing at the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, 1427 E 60th St (773-702-1722)
Where to take courses

The Gleacher Center, 450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr (312-464-8787)
What you’ll learn

Taught by marketing professionals, the program introduces students to marketing, public relations and advertising. No word on whether professor Don Draper is teaching.
Time commitment

Most students complete the program in a year.
Tuition

Around $5,500 (courses range from $825–$925)
Additional expenses

$40 application fee. Books cost $65–$265 per course.
Financial aid?

No
Can I keep working?

Yes
Application required?

Yes. You must have a bachelor’s degree to apply.
Typical student

“Participants in the program are mostly early-career marketing and media professionals in their twenties and early thirties, but anyone who has at least a bachelor’s degree may register for a single course or apply for admission to complete the entire six-course program.”
Where to find more information

A brochure is available online at grahamschool.uchicago.edu/content/integrated-marketing.

MBA Primer: Entrepreneurship Certificate Program at DePaul University Continuing and Professional Education, 14 E Jackson Blvd, suite 1010 (312-362-6300)
Where to take courses
Loop campus
What you’ll learn
Dreamed about becoming an overnight entrepreneur? This new program teaches students how to use the skills of business to make their
venture a success.
Time commitment
Fifteen weeks, meeting once a week for three hours
Tuition
$2,995
Additional expenses
Books are not included.
Financial aid?
No
Can I keep working?
Yes
Application required?
Yes. You must have a bachelor’s degree to apply.
Typical student
“They are young, enthusiastic professionals with a drive to become entrepreneurs.”
Where to find more information
Contact Eilish McDonagh-Hermer at emcdonag@depaul.edu or go to learning.depaul.edu for more information.

Graphic Design at Loyola University Chicago School of Continuing and Professional Studies, 820 N Michigan Ave, Lewis Towers 401 (312-915-6501)
Where to take courses
Downtown campus
What you’ll learn
Who said art couldn’t be profitable? Give your company a design edge and become a pro with the Adobe Creative Suite.
Time commitment
Typically one year to one and half years
Tuition
$10,800
Additional expenses
Textbooks and art supplies are not included.
Financial aid?
No
Can I keep working?
Most courses are offered during the day. However, professors will work with students to facilitate part-time work.
Application required?
Yes (no college degree required)
Typical student
“The students generally are mid-twenties to early thirties, and have already worked professionally, sometimes in design or related fields. They are also ambitious, intelligent and creative. They really apply themselves to the classes and are among the best of our students.”
Where to find more information
There is a general information session on September 5.

Philanthropy and Non-Profit Organizations at Northwestern School of Continuing Studies, 339 E Chicago Ave (312-503-6950)
Where to take courses
Loop and Streeterville campuses
What you’ll learn
Turn your desire to do good into a career in grant writing, fund-raising and management.
Time commitment
Students taking one course per quarter will finish the program in 15 months. Students taking two classes per quarter will finish the program in nine months.
Tuition
$4,625
Additional expenses
There are some books, but most material is provided free to students via the Northwestern University library and course management system.
Financial aid?
No
Can I keep working?
Yes
Application required?
None required, but the school recommends students have experience working for a nonprofit or business.
Typical student
“Students can be career changers, such as those who come from the corporate world and want to be able to give back, as well as nonprofit fund-raisers who have expertise in the field but want more practical training.”
Where to find more information
You can contact pdp@northwestern.edu for more information.

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