A master’s degree is the new bachelor’s degree. In the past, most companies preferred that employees had a bachelor’s degree to apply for certain jobs, but now they want their employees to have a master’s. As more and more people buy into this idea and work to attend more higher education courses, it’s important to stay ahead of the game. You need to continue to better yourself and learn more skills about technological advances that could help you in the work field.

A graduate business certificate is a designation that proves an individual is just as qualified as someone who graduated from a master’s program. These certificates were created to help working professionals to receive the same benefits as people enrolled in full-time graduate programs. They allow you to take graduate-level courses outside of the master’s program to refresh your information and skillset or strive for a specific discipline in greater depth. If you’re thinking about seeking a graduate business certificate for yourself, consider these three benefits that you could receive by doing so.

Continuing Education

The courses attached to the graduate business certificate are designed for working professionals, so the subject matter involves things that you can use in the workplace. You can choose the certificate that will give you the information and skillset that you want to develop to become more successful in your business and help your company reach the goals and growing demands of the business—finance, marketing, leadership, real estate, innovation, and more. You can gain the information that you need to increase your work performance, and it can boost your resume when you choose to find a new position.

Save Money

When you’re thinking about paying for a graduate program, you should talk to your human resources department to find out if they would cover any costs of the program and what the stipulations to do so would be. If you have to pay a portion or all of the costs, the certificate could be a beneficial way to go since it’s only a fraction of the cost compared to the full MBA program. Most graduate certificates offer four classes that are four credit hours each at the price of $1,199 per credit hour. Compared to most MBA programs, you can save the cost of two semesters doing it this way. In the end, you can also apply your credit towards your MBA or specialized master’s degree when you’re ready.

Work around a Busy Schedule

Since these courses are aimed at busy professionals, we know that you don’t have a lot of extra time to put in for these courses. In fact, this is one of the main reasons that people choose a graduate business certificate versus a graduate degree. The classes for the certificate are offered just two nights a week and only take one year to complete. You can get the information that you want in a time frame that works better with your busy schedule.

If you think that you would be a good candidate for a graduate business certificate, explore our programs or contact our office to receive more information about the program. You can also get more information about the various certificates that we offer at the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business and the types of courses that you can take to complete the requirements for each one. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you on your quest to enlarge your skillset and better yourself.