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Online Certificates

Online Certificates from Brand Name Schools – “Resume Boosters”

What is a resume booster? In this case, it represents an educational award that can enhance a resume or curriculum vitae.

This page, probably the first of its kind, was constructed specifically for the purpose of highlighting continuing education (read: non-credit), online certificates obtainable through highly respected public and private universities.

Non-credit certificates available online can provide a cost-effective opportunity to learn new skills or stay current within a chosen field. Upon program completion, students are usually awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Certificates listed below can be earned through highly-respected and, in some cases, legendary institutions at a relatively low cost. Almost any marketing professional will admit that brand recognition is of extreme importance when promoting a product, service, or individual.

Cost-effectiveness and convenience represent important buzzwords here. Great values, in our opinion, include UConn, Georgia, Washington State, and Colorado State University. Naturally, favorites may vary from person to person due to individual profession or interest.

Programs on this page were selected based on cost, name recognition, availability, and utility. Certificates from lesser-known institutions are regretably left out at this time. Moreover, we elected not to include certificates from other well-known universities primarily because of cost.

We plan to expand and better organize this section in the near future.

Please read the disclaimer at the bottom of this page.


** This page was last updated on November 23, 2014 **


—Auburn University, Professional Development

Emergency Management for Government and the Public Sector.

Cost: $2,000.


Colorado State University, OnlinePlus

Occupational Ergonomics Certificate

Cost: $395


—Cornell University, eCornell

Cornell online certificate website

Executive Leadership
Change Leadership
Leading Management Teams
Business Leadership Skills
Project Leadership
Financial Management
Supervisory Skills
Managing Performance
Interviewing and Selection
Managing Productivity
Human Resources Studies
Strategic Human Resources Management
HR: Benefits and Compensation
HR: Selection and Staffing
HR: Foundations of Employee Relations
HR: Performance Management
Systems and Processes in HR
Master Certificate in the Essentials of Hospitality Management
Master Certificate in Foodservice Management
Certificate in Foodservice Management
Certificate in Hotel Revenue Management
Certificate in Hospitality Marketing
Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management
Strategic Hospitality Management

Cost: $2,200-$6,000 range


—Duke University, Continuing Studies

Duke Online Global Paralegal Certificate webpage

Cost: $6,995

—Florida State University, Center for Professional Development

Certificate in Financial Planning Online – $2,700

Introduction to Web Design — Online Course

Cost: $350.



—George Mason University, Office of Continuing Professional Education

GMU Human Resource Management Certificate Program Online

Cost: $1,095

Courses have specific start dates. Check with GMU for classes


—New York University, School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Professional Certificate in Translation, online.

Cost: $4,170. 6 courses required at $695 each. Admissions test required (available online).



—Stanford University, Stanford Center for Professional Development

Advanced Computer Security Certificate online

Cost: $2,970. 6 required courses at $495 each + optional $75 CEU fee.

IT Benchmarking Certificate Online, Cost: $600. 4 courses at $125 per course + optional $75 CEU fee


—University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, School of Management

Online Mini MBA 2.0

Cost: $995


—University of California – Irvine, UC Irvine Extension

UC Irvine program website (click “Online Programs” tab)

Project Management
Human Resources
Personal Financial Planning
Investor Relations
Spa and Hospitality Management
Business Analyst
Medical Product Development
Clinical Trials

Cost: Prices vary for each certificate, $3,000-$5,000


—University of California – San Diego, UC San Diego Extension

UC San Diego program website

ADMET Process
Biotechnology Project Management
CDMA Engineering
Clinical Trials Administration
Embedded Computer Software
Emergency Department Nursing
Regulatory Affairs Essentials
Teaching Online

Cost: Prices vary for each certificate, $2,000 and up


—University of Connecticut, Center for Continuing Studies

UConn Online Healthcare Information Technology certificate

Cost: $2,800 for 7 required courses.


—University of Georgia, Georgia Center for Continuing Education

UGA Principles of Marketing Research Online Certificate Course

Cost: $1,089, discounts available


—University of Illinois, Certificate for Professional Development through O’Reilly School of Technology (Commercial Provider)

UI/O’Reilly School certificate programs webpage

Client-Side Web Programming Certificate
Linux/Unix System Administration Certificate
Web Programming Certificate
Open Source Programming Certificate
.Net Programming Certificate

Cost: $1,100-$2,300, discounts available


—University of Massachusetts Amherst, Continuing and Professional Education

Arts Management Online Certificate Program

Cost: Certificate of Arts Management – $1,700, Professional Track Certificate – $3,400 + additional fees.


—University of Miami, Continuing and International Education

The Alfus Patient Advocacy Online Certificate Program

Cost: $4,995.  Bachelor’s degree normally required, but call for exceptions.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (online)

Cost is $2,295.


—University of Oxford, Continuing Professional Development Centre.

Subjects vary. Certificate available upon successful course completion.

Cost: £250.00 – £945.00 ($410 – $1,550).


—University of Washington, UW Extension

UW Online Learning

Business and Management
Computer Programming
Construction and Engineering
Education, Library and Information Science
Health and Medical
Information Management
Internet and Web Technologies
Law and Regulation

Various certificates offered in each category

Cost: $2,000+


—Washington State University, Center for Distance and Professional Education

Washington State University Internet Safety for Educators Online Certificate Program

Cost: $250




**DISCLAIMER** We’ve made every possible effort to ensure accuracy. Information on this page was collected from university websites and considered current as of November 23, 2014. We are not responsible for errors and not affiliated with the listed institutions or programs. Unless specified otherwise, the programs above are non-credit, continuing education. Please check with the institution offering the certificate prior to registration.