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Georgia Tech Graduate Certificates

Deepen your expertise and advance your career with a specialized certificate tailored to meet today’s workforce demands
  • Graduate Certificate Overview
  • Graduate Certificate Benefits
  • Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree?
Graduate Certificate Overview

Today’s workforce is quickly changing due to digital advancements, shifting demographics, and economic growth. To keep up with these transformations, working professionals will be required to continually expand upon their technical capabilities while building relevant skills quickly. 

Designed as an “in-between” option for professionals wanting to deepen their expertise in specific areas, graduate certificates are custom, credit-bearing programs that address rapidly evolving industry needs. 

These graduate certificates combine accessibility with challenging coursework and world-class faculty to prepare you to adapt to the changing demands of the workforce and increase your promotability. Unlike a traditional master’s degree that requires a long-term commitment, a graduate certificate can be completed in less than two semesters and requires only 12 credit hours.

Graduate Certificate Benefits

Top 7 Benefits of a Georgia Tech Graduate Certificate

  1. Earn a prestigious Georgia Tech credential.
    Get a graduate-level education and a prestigious Georgia Tech credential without the long-term commitment of a master’s degree. 
  2. Gain in-demand, immediately applicable industry expertise.
    Our graduate certificates are designed to address today’s most pressing industry needs in specific fields. They are taught by our esteemed Georgia Tech faculty, bringing industry expertise, rigorous learning, and a vast worldwide network.
  3. Shape your career and build a professional network.
    Our graduate certificates offer you opportunities for professional growth and career pivots while connecting you to a robust online community where you can build a global network spanning industries and functions.
  4. Earn credits for a Georgia Tech master’s degree.
    If you’re considering pursuing a master’s degree, completing a graduate certificate is the ideal way to test if you’re ready for a longer-term commitment. Select credits you earn in a graduate certificate can count toward a Georgia Tech master’s degree.
  5. Complete your certificate in two semesters. 
    You can complete a graduate certificate in two semesters or you can take longer if you need to take a break. 
  6. Enjoy the flexibility of a 100% online program.
    All four courses in each graduate certificate are 100% online. Lectures are accessible to you 24/7. You have the opportunity to interact live with the instructional team during weekly office hours. Online chats enable you to stay connected with faculty, teaching assistants and other students.
  7. Make an affordable investment in your future.
    A top-notch education from a prestigious institution doesn’t need to break the bank. To complete a graduate certificate, you need only 12 credit hours. Each course is three credit hours. You pay as you go, so you don’t need to make any large upfront payments.
Graduate Certificate or Master's Degree?

Is a Graduate Certificate right for you?

A Georgia Tech graduate certificate is a unique credential that enables you to gain a graduate-level education without the long-term commitment of a master’s degree. Is it right for you? It depends on what you’re looking for. See how it compares with our master’s degrees and other professional development certificates we offer.

Master's Degrees
Graduate Certificates
Professional Certificates
What are these programs?
Master's degrees from a top 10-ranked university delivered online to learners worldwide. They include rigorous course content and expert instruction from Georgia Tech faculty as well as essential support needed for degree completion.
Graduate-level certificates from a top 10-ranked university delivered online to learners worldwide. They include rigorous course content and expert instruction from Georgia Tech faculty as well as essential support needed for certificate completion.
Professional certificates from a top 10-ranked university delivered online, in-person, or a hybrid of both. They include a series of courses with a particular focus and expert instruction from Georgia Tech faculty and industry leaders.
Who is it for?
Working professionals and other adult learners who have a broad knowledge base in their field, want to develop deep expertise in a particular discipline and can make a long-term commitment to a rigorous academic program.
Working professionals and other adult learners who have a broad knowledge base in their field, want to develop deep expertise in a particular discipline and prefer a graduate-level program that can be completed in two semesters with flexibility to extend as needed.
Adult learners of all professional levels seeking to develop or strengthen specific skills in a high demand field.
How long does it take?
2-3 years
2 semesters or less
Less than 1 year, varies by program
Does it lead to a Georgia Tech degree?
Yes
Not directly but the credit earned can be applied toward a degree if permitted by the school in question.
No
How many credit hours are required for completion?
30 to 36 credit hours depending on the program
12 credit hours are required for completion
Our professional certificates are not credit-bearing credentials
How many courses are required for completion?
10 to 11 depending on the program.
4 courses are required for completion. Each course is 3 credit hours.
Varies by program.
What is the delivery method?
Our online master's degrees for working professionals are 100% online*
100% online 
GTPE offers programs leading to a professional certificate. Some programs are offered fully online, some are offered on-site, and others are hybrid.
What credential do I get when I finish the program?
Georgia Institute of Technology Master's Degree
Georgia Institute of Technology Graduate Certificate
Georgia Tech Professional Education Certificate of Completion
Who awards the credential?
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech Professional Education
Does "online" appear on the diploma or certificate?
No
No
If the program was delivered online, the word “online” does not appear on the certificate document.
What are the admission requirements?
Applicants must meet Georgia Tech admission criteria for graduate programs plus specific program requirements.
Applicants must meet Georgia Tech admission criteria for graduate programs plus specific program requirements.
No admission requirements.
How much flexibility does the program offer?
Our online master’s degrees are designed to meet the needs of working professionals. They offer a flexible schedule and the ability for students to learn at their own pace.
Our graduate certificate programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals. They offer a flexible schedule and the ability for students to learn at their own pace.
Our professional certificate programs are designed for working professionals. Some are offered online and offer maximal flexibility; others follow a set schedule and may include face-to-face instruction. These programs are significantly shorter than our credit-bearing programs.
Where can I learn more about these program options?

*Professional Master’s degrees are mostly online but include an on-campus component. MBA programs are not offered online. 

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