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Graduate Certificates

  • Advanced Studies in Hydrology

    Overview: The Department of Geology offers a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Hydrogeology, which requires 15 hours of structured course work for graduate students.

    Visit the Department of Geology for certificate requirements.

  • Africana Studies

    Overview: The Graduate Certificate in Africana Studies is a 15-hour certificate that offers students the opportunity to do graduate-level study that focuses on African, African American, Afro-Caribbean and other African Diasporan histories and cultures. The course work is designed to ground students within the discipline of Africana Studies and to equip them with critical thinking and research skills that will prepare them for life-long learning, scholarly productivity, and a knowledge base and skills, which they can apply to other academic or professional endeavors.

    Visit the Department of Africana Studies for certificate requirements.

  • Community Development

    Overview: The Graduate Certificate in Community Development allows students to explore the urban communities that have suffered from decades of disinvestment and to examine the efforts of their residents to revitalize them. The approach is interdisciplinary, weaving together a variety of perspectives so that students come to understand what communities are and how they differ; how communities fit into broader social systems; and what strategies are necessary to develop communities. The certificate also is applied, focusing on the current issues and efforts of community development in the Tampa area.

    Visit the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning for certificate requirements.

  • Comparative Literature

    Overview: This certificate offers a comprehensive graduate program of comparative study and research. Students take core courses in research, bibliography, approaches to critical theory, and develop a comparative study, part of which is often grounded in literature or rhetoric. Through a thematic or conceptual cluster of five graduate-level courses in two disciplines, students can explore how different national literatures are interconnected, and/or how different literatures relate contextually and culturally to other disciplines, such as art, music, history, psychology, philosophy, politics, among others.

    Visit the Department of English for certificate requirements.

  • Creative Writing

    Overview: This certificate will help students develop their skills as poets and writers of fiction and non-fiction. The certificate program provides a structured learning environment and supportive atmosphere for students who do not wish to pursue a traditional graduate degree in English. The program is also open to all USF students currently seeking the M.A. and Ph.D. in English or related fields, and who wish to gain a certified concentration in creative writing.

    Visit the Department of English for certificate requirements.

  • Diasporas & Health Disparities

    Overview: The Graduate Certificate in Diasporas and Health Disparities, offered jointly by the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Global Health, is an 18-hour interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with knowledge about the relationship between health and diverse populations. Primary areas of study are diasporas and health, global public health, and cultural aspects of health and illness.

    Visit the Department of Africana Studies for certificate requirements.

  • Environmental Policy and Management

    Overview: The environment represents one of the most critical issues facing nearly all nations individually as well as the earth's community as a whole. The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management provides a broad-based, multidisciplinary educational program to professionals, practitioners, citizens and students who wish to acquire or strengthen their knowledge of the environment.

    Visit the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning for certificate requirements.

  • Genocide and Human Rights

    Overview: The Graduate Certificate in Genocide and Human Rights is a 15-hour graduate certificate that offers students the opportunity to examine, from a global and comparative perspective, organized violence intended to destroy particular groups of people, and the gross violations of the entitlements to life and dignity that all human beings claim. As an interdisciplinary program emphasizing research and practice, the certificate aims at producing thinkers, analysts and activists who seek a deeper understanding of genocide and human rights abuses as assaults on human dignity and who plan to dedicate themselves to the creation of a peaceful world.

    Visit the Department of Africana Studies for certificate requirements.

  • Geographical Information Systems

    Overview: The Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems is directed at managers and administrators in the public and private sectors, technical professionals, decision-makers, and others involved in the planning, implementation and use of Geographical Information Systems. Individuals who have recently completed formal post-secondary education in GIS-related disciplines, as well as those individuals who have substantial relevant work experience and who wish to upgrade their skills, will benefit from this certificate program. The emphasis in the program is on the advanced applications of GIS and statistical methods to spatial problem solving.

    Visit the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning for certificate requirements.

  • Mathematics

    Overview: Regional community colleges expect their faculty to have a strong background and credentials in mathematics at the graduate level. This program provides prospective and current college instructors with the experience and knowledge to understand and value prior accomplishments in the mathematical sciences, while supplying the training to develop the skills necessary for a meaningful contribution in college-level education.

    Visit the Department of Mathematics & Statistics for certificate requirements.

  • Non-profit Management

    Overview: Nonprofit administrators as well as those who aspire to work for nonprofit organizations will benefit from this graduate certificate curriculum, which covers leadership, fund raising and strategic planning issues. The 18-hour course of study can be completed in one year.

    Visit the School of Public Affairs for certificate requirements.

  • Professional and Technical Communication

    Overview: The Graduate Certificate in Professional and Technical Communication combines workplace writing theory and practice with an emphasis on contemporary multi-media communication technologies. The certificate program helps working professionals to strengthen their workplace writing skills, gain experience working with communication technologies, and prepare for careers or advancement as professional writers or professionals who write. It also provides the opportunity for students from all graduate programs to broaden their research and teaching agendas as they prepare for a competitive job market in English studies.

    Visit the Department of English for certificate requirements.

  • Public Management

    Overview: The graduate certificate in Public Management will benefit those who currently hold positions in governmental management as well as those who administer governmental contracts and programs. This course of study develops competencies required for effective public management.

    Visit the School of Public Affairs for certificate requirements.

  • Statistical Data Analysis

    Overview: There is a significant need to certify professional statistical analysts in various fields, such as the social, medical, physical and biological sciences, engineering, business, and other industries. Individuals who have their baccalaureate or graduate degrees from these fields, and who find it necessary to design experiments, collect and analyze data, and interpret and make decisions based on ordinary and complex statistical techniques and methods would benefit from this certificate.

    Visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for certificate requirements.

  • Teaching Composition

    Overview: The certificate program provides a structured learning environment and supportive atmosphere for students wish to develop expertise in the teaching of writing, and do not wish to pursue a traditional graduate degree in English.

    Visit the Department of English for degree requirements.