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Certificates of Achievement

WHAT IS A CERTIFICATE?

The online Certificate is a four-course (15 weeks each) comprehensive program that awards a Certificate of Achievement. The courses are available in real time as well as a recorded format. The programs are designed for people who have a bachelor’s degree or are non-traditional students or practitioners seeking continuing education opportunities. The Certificate is not an academic degree and completed courses are not transferable to a degree-granting program.

  • Classes are offered during the Fall and Spring terms.
  • The registration process must be completed every term by both new and returning students.
  • Students will be enrolled in their classes after they have paid their tuition in full or have signed up and made the first payment on a payment plan.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

In a complex global environment, business, government, nonprofit, and other organizations require strategic professional public relations practitioners who can effectively develop two-way relationships with constituents and audiences to enable strategic and effective communication formatting and processes. This program prepares students for this ever-changing and complex environment through the study and practice of essential principles and practices of public relations; this focuses on the use of strategy, the value of relationship building, an overview of the range of public relations approaches and tactics, the evolving role of digital communications and social media to public relations, and the importance of ethics and transparency in public relations practice.

Required Courses (4)

Strategic Public Relations
Public Relations Tactics
Crisis Communications
Capstone

Who Should Enroll?

Any professional who is responsible for brand management, corporate communications, brand visibility, or community outreach and desires to achieve the skills necessary to strategically uphold an organization’s brand and mission across digital and traditional channels.

Cybersecurity is the practical field of protecting computers, networks, and data from theft, damage, loss, or unauthorized access. This program is for individuals seeking expertise in assessing security vulnerabilities, designing and implementing controls, and reporting on compliance.

Required Courses (4)

Introduction to Cybersecurity
Cybercrime and Governance
Network and System Security
Cyber Forensics

Who Should Enroll?

This program is intended for students seeking to gain hands-on expertise to apply in their employment setting. Some computer science experience is needed for this certificate. It is especially useful for those who plan to seek a credential from an IT professional association (CISSP, CISA, etc.).

As a digital marketing student at USK, you will engage in advertising, digital and social media marketing, graphic design, computer programming, and much more. This unique certificate program prepares students with a versatile skillset that opens a variety of career opportunities. Students will have opportunities to apply the concepts learned in the classroom through real-world experiences working with local businesses on marketing projects. In our increasingly digital society, a digital marketing certificate from USK prepares students to be valuable to many businesses and organizations.

Required Courses (4)

Social Media Marketing
SEO/SEM
Digital Marketing Analytics
Viral and Organic Growth

Who Should Enroll?

This program is for individuals who seek to incorporate digital marketing strategies into their current jobs, as well as individuals seeking to enter this dynamic field.

This program develops students who are skilled in design and production of games. Students shall be distinguishable by their critical thinking, effective communication, professionalism, and technical competency.

Required Courses (4)

Introduction to Games
Systems Design
Unity I
C#

Who Should Enroll?

This program is suited for students seeking game development experience and preparation for entry-level work in the gaming industry. It is designed to prepare students for opportunities with studios, corporations, organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, advertising and entertainment industries that require visual and interactive content to support, enhance, entertain and/or market their product or service.

Employing and retaining the right people within your organization will increase productivity and impact the bottom line. Students learn best practices in the ever-changing field of personnel management and human resource development. By understanding and applying accepted practices, current trends, and the latest real-world applications, students will gain the skills necessary for the application of this important professional function within private and public organizations.

Required Courses (5)

Human Resources Management
Training and Development
Total Compensation Management
Human Resources Risk Management
Employment and Labor Law

Who Should Enroll?

  • Current human resource practitioners who want to improve their skills
  • Persons looking to move into human resources or make a career change
  • Managers assuming new human resource responsibilities
This program benefits individuals working in any capacity of the supply chain by giving them the skills and knowledge to obtain value through effective supply chain management, combine innovation and the supply chain to provide products to consumers, effectively manage inventories, and identify the requirements, capabilities and considerations for using information system applications in planning and operations.

Required Courses (4)

Forecasting & Logistics
Sourcing & Operations
Project Management
Project Planning

Who Should Enroll?

This program is intended for supervisors, managers, directors, and key executives responsible for managing or working in a supply chain.

Employment in computer and technology occupations is on the rise and having up-to-date skills in these areas is valuable. The Certificate in Computer Science program provides basic theory, programming, and other technical skills. The program is designed for prepared students who want to refresh their capabilities and tackle new challenges. Students build the skills needed in modern computing and related areas, many of which are fast-growing sectors with demand for technology-trained employees and independent contractors.

Required Courses (4)

Programming for Everyone I
User Experience I
User Experience II
Capstone

Who Should Enroll?

Those seeking to begin or develop careers in:

  • Computing and Security Technology
  • Technology
  • Data Science
  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Science Systems

Certificate Application Form

Please note that course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full certificate.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of four required courses with a final evaluation of Complete. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the Certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $150 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the Certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within three (3) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a Certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

A $50 application fee is required. The four required Certificate courses may be taken one at a time for a fee of $900 per course.

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760.471.1316

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Enrollment advisers are available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT, or by appointment.

admissions@usk.edu
760-471-1316

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San Marcos, CA 92069