Professional Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The Professional Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is a highly flexible 15-unit certificate that can be completed in one academic year. It is designed for students who want to enhance their knowledge and better compete for career opportunities in their chosen field. 

Nonprofit leaders and workers

In this certificate program, you'll take graduate-level courses to enhance your knowledge in areas that are valued by employers or required for a master’s or doctoral degree. Completion of the certificate will make you “job ready” and competitive for employment or graduate school. 

Degree Requirements

Students complete 15 units of required course and electives chosen in coordination with their adviser or graduate program director. Coursework includes LBPS 601, a required writing course, and three electives chosen to expand skills in a competency area.

Course Code Title units
PRWR 6XX Professional Writing Elective 3
Electives Coursework chosen from competency area 9


Examples of competency areas include: 

  • Nonprofit Leadership
  • Research-related Skills
    • Applied Statistics
    • Research Methods
  • Advanced Writing
  • Policy
  • Health
  • Mental Health
  • Human Resource Skills
  • Website Development
  • Any field of study that requires prerequisite coursework such as mental health, AIT or business

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission are accepted and admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. See more information on admission requirements and how to apply.

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Completing a Master’s Degree

Students who wish to continue on and complete a master's degree can do so through the Professional Studies (M.A.). In addition, courses completed through the PBC may be applied to another graduate program upon acceptance into that program and approval of the graduate program director.