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Untitled Document A certificate is a rigorous program of study that demonstrates a progression of learning and the mastery of a specific body of knowledge.

Certificates at USD are a minimum of 8 semester units of coursework, and have gone through extensive community reviews, curricular oversight, and university approvals before they are offered for continuing education or professional development.

Business Certificates

Event Management
Nonprofit Management
Project Management
Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development
Strategic Online Marketing


Six Sigma Black Belt
Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Education Certificates

Bullying Prevention in Our Schools
Character Education Specialist
Classroom Resolutions
Knowledge Quest
Love of Language
Mental Health First Aid
Mobile Technology Learning
Teacher Leader

English Language Academy

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Health & Human Services

Health Care Informatics

Why Complete a Certificate Program?

  • Document your academic achievement in an area of specialized expertise to assist you in advancing your career and possibly moving up the salary schedule, all PCE certificates earned are recorded on your transcript as well as awarded a Certificate Document suitable for framing
  • Complete your certificate within 4 to 18 months, less time than it typically takes to earn a graduate degree
  • Develop and update your professional skills and knowledge to make you more effective in your field with in-depth learning
  • Provide expertise in a specific area of study and provide value-added benefits that are highly visible to your organization

*This use of the term credential does not apply to a "teaching or administrative credential" that gives license to teaching within a given state.

Awarding Certificates

All credit courses within the certificate program must be completed with a "C" or higher grade. The final GPA should be 2.5 (out of 4) or higher, based only on credit courses taken from the USD Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

Unless otherwise stated, you have five years after payment of the certificate fee to complete your certificate program requirements.

Registering for a Certificate Program

To be considered eligible for earning a Certificate, each participant must pay a non-refundable certificate enrollment fee of $100. Certificate candidates are encouraged to register in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of additional benefits:

  • Lock in your curriculum to avoid additional requirements if the Certificate requirements change after you have started the program of study
  • Receive valuable advising and guidance to assist you with a broad range of topics, such as courses, certificates, educational planning
  • Receive access to the priority enrollment period assigned for Certificate candidates in each course, if applicable
  • Record your achievement on your transcript as part of your permanent academic record of accomplishment
  • Receive a Certificate document suitable for framing

Paying the Certificate Fee

Payment of the certificate fee is easily done during the checkout process. Each time you add a course to the cart that is part of a certificate program, you will find that the Certificate Fee is available. If you are also planning to complete a certificate, simply check the box next to the certificate fee to add it when enrolling in one or more of the courses, click Re-Calculate, then Continue Checkout. Only add the Certificate Fee one time.

If you prefer to mail your certificate fee, send your name, contact information, certificate program name and nonrefundable check to:

Certificate Programs - (Program Name)
Professional and Continuing Education, University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park, MCC 211
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Please contact us with any questions or for more information on certificate program.

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