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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) post-MSN certificate, offered by the School of Nursing, is for professional nurses who are interested in advanced nursing care for adult and geriatric patients. Graduates of this program will meet all requirements to sit for national certification, which requires at least 500 clock hours of direct patient care in the advanced role. You will gain knowledge and skills basic to the health maintenance, diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, and revision of care of adult-gerontology acutely ill patients. With our degree, earning your qualifications is now easier than ever and all students pay in-state tuition rates. You can complete the program in three semesters and each student’s plan of study is individualized based on educational and experiential background.

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Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics Graduate Certificate

The Business Cybersecurity Data Analytics Graduate Certificate, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, will prepare both data and technology analysts for the demands and requirements of both securing and analyzing data. Cybersecurity and data analytics have a symbiotic relationship where data of all types relies on robust cybersecurity management for security and accuracy. Students will demonstrate managerial expertise in understanding and investigating complex cybersecurity ideas, evaluating data security of businesses from a data and systems security perspective, using appropriate tools to mitigate cybersecurity threats and communicating the analysis and findings of a comprehensive security audit initiative to enhance the protection and security of an organization.

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Business Cybersecurity Foundations Graduate Certificate

The Business Cybersecurity Foundations Certificate, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, focuses on the development of a new or overhaul of existing cybersecurity structures in firms of all sizes. The emphasis is on developing a case for and the tools to launch a successful cybersecurity management strategy. There is a demand for individuals with specific skillsets because cybersecurity has broad-reaching impacts on just about every component of contemporary business. Cybersecurity threats to businesses are real and these incidents are becoming more severe, costly and escalating over time.

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Business Cybersecurity Management Graduate Certificate

The Business Cybersecurity Management Certificate, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, prepares students to manage and improve existing cybersecurity programs with an emphasis on the evaluation of risks and where cybersecurity management meets the law. Cybersecurity threats to businesses are real and these incidents are becoming more severe, costly, and are escalating over time. There is demand for individuals with specific skillsets because cybersecurity has broad-reaching impacts on just about every component of contemporary business.

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Business Data Analysis Graduate Certificate

The Business Data Analysis graduate certificate, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, is intended to prepare you to extract insights and knowledge from data. As the intensity of demand grows for professionals with business data analytics skills, so does the need for a variety of programs capturing the breadth and depth of the discipline. The courses in this certificate are focused on advanced analytical methods and visualizations to help students make the most of their data and communicate their findings elegantly. Equipped with this certificate, you need never worry about a presentation to the Board.

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Business Data Science Graduate Certificate

The Business Data Science Graduate Certificate, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, focuses on advanced analytical methods and visualizations to help you make the most of your data and communicate your findings. Data science uses scientific methods to extract information from data, unifying statistics with machine learning and information technology to unlock insights otherwise impossible to discover. Analysts fluent in advanced statistical analysis, data mining, and data collection techniques can find the right data to support missions with the right insights, information, and knowledge. If you’re equally interested in applications and the infrastructure and theory underpinning the world of data, this might just be for you.

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Creative Strategy Graduate Certificate

The Creative Strategy Graduate Certificate, offered by the Reed College of Media, will give you the versatility you need to succeed in the marketing world, particularly in the area of creative services. You will explore how content is evolving, how to design marketing and communications strategy, as well as how to select print, digital and social media vehicles for content delivery. The courses provide you with a background in creative concepts, digital storytelling, visual information design, and professional creative and art direction techniques. If you enjoy working creatively to express complex visual ideas and concepts, this certificate can lead to many different careers in this fast-moving industry.

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Data Marketing Communications Graduate Certificate

The Data Marketing Communications Graduate Certificate, offered by the Reed College of Media, will prepare you for a career in this emerging discipline that involves interpreting data and communicating key insights gleaned from data, in order to make better marketing decisions. You will learn the basic principles of marketing and digital analytics and the use of metrics and analytics in business. The curriculum covers campaign planning and media buying, as well as campaign metrics assessment, and audience segmentation. This is a great career field for you if you enjoy working with data to improve the effectiveness of campaigns in a highly competitive marketplace.

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Digital and Social Media Graduate Certificate

The Digital and Social Media Graduate Certificate, offered by the Reed College of Media, is ideal for you if you desire to enter the world of digital and social media marketing. Currently, there is a high demand for qualified professionals in this field. Areas of emphasis include digital storytelling, social media and marketing, web metrics, and digital video production. You will learn to develop integrated marketing strategies and to implement digital and social media marketing tactics, as well as social media metrics and tracking, web analytics, and SEO in campaign assessment. The versatility of this certificate program opens doors to many career opportunities.

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Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) post-MSN certificate, offered by the School of Nursing, is for professional nurses who are interested in advanced practice level for the delivery of primary health care for patients of all ages. Graduates of this program will meet all requirements to sit for national certification. You will complete a minimum of 600 supervised clinical hours and will gain knowledge and skills basic to the health maintenance, diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, and revision of care of individuals as members of family units in the primary care setting. With our degree, earning your qualifications is now easier than ever. You can complete the program in three semesters and each student’s plan of study is individualized based on educational and experiential background.

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Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (FAFE) Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination (FAFE), offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, will prepare you for careers in financial fraud investigation. WVU leads the way in developing the national curriculum for fraud and forensic accounting programs on behalf of the National Institute of Justice and there is currently a high demand for professionals with these skills. You will experience rigorous, hands-on training by professionals in the field and will take part in moot court exercises. Very few schools offer a multi-course certificate program of this kind and our program is one of the best in the country.

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Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Graduate Certificate

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis Graduate Certificate, offered jointly by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is the first of its kind in West Virginia. With this academic training, you will learn to analyze and apply GIS and spatial analysis data across multiple disciplines. There is a growing demand for professionals in this area and the program is ideal for working professionals, as well as graduate students who desire advanced training in areas such as predictive modeling, data exploration, programming, spatial hydrology, remote sensing, and geospatial modeling.

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Graduate Certificate in Leadership

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership, offered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is the first certificate of its kind in West Virginia. With an innovative, research-driven curriculum, and plenty of practical hands-on experiences and applications, it is the ideal program for working professionals who want to advance in their career. Effective leadership may be the most critical component of a successful organization. Leadership is different than management and requires a more strategically applied set of skills and a different perspective. You will understand leadership in a global context and learn to enhance your leadership abilities in both your work and in your daily life by learning to manage conflict and change.

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Healthcare Communication Graduate Certificate

The Healthcare Communication Graduate Certificate, offered by the Reed College of Media prepares you to work in the healthcare sector, providing the public with information about medical treatments, disease prevention, and healthy lifestyles. You will develop healthcare communications campaigns using integrated marketing communications (IMC) strategy, as well as understand how to brand, build credibility, identify target audiences and evaluate return on investment (ROI) for healthcare marketing communications. Professionals in this area are in demand and potential employers include a variety of medical organizations, from small practices to large government agencies.

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Higher Education Marketing Graduate Certificate

The Higher Education Marketing Graduate Certificate, offered by the WVU Reed College of Media, will give you the skills you need to dive deeply into the nuances of student recruitment and institutional branding within the foundation of integrated marketing communications (IMC) strategy. Marketing that targets prospective students in higher education changes rapidly, and this has become an intensely competitive industry during the past few years. Our certificate program focuses on various aspects of marketing for higher education, including content marketing, social media marketing, multicultural marketing, and diversity and inclusion in IMC.

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Integrated Marketing Communications Graduate Certificate

The Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) graduate certificate, offered by the WVU Reed College of Media, features a cutting-edge curriculum that will help professionals in this rapidly changing field learn new skills and polish old ones. The program provides a broad overview of IMC, focusing on the study of emerging media and the market, including audience insight, and brand equity management. The versatility of this certificate opens doors to many career opportunities and the demand for professionals is ever-increasing from a wide variety of employers in a range of industries.

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Nurse Executive Leadership Graduate Certificate

The Nurse Executive Leadership (NEL) post-MSN certificate, offered by the School of Nursing, is for professional nurses who have an MSN degree and are interested in leadership positions within health care. The program prepares nurses for careers in administration and management and includes educational concepts such as finance and budgeting, quality measures, improving the client experience, interprofessional collaboration, advanced information technology, and systems-based thinking. It will provide you with skills to pursue administrative or managerial positions and leadership roles in a range of health care settings. You will gain valuable hands-on experience in a clinical practicum with experienced nurse leader preceptors. Graduates of this program will meet all requirements to sit for national certification.

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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) post-MSN certificate, offered by the School of Nursing, is for professional nurses who are interested in advanced practice level for the delivery of primary health care to pediatric populations. Graduates of this program will meet all requirements to sit for national certification. You will gain knowledge and skills basic to the health maintenance, diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, and revision of care of children in the primary care setting. All students complete a minimum of 600 supervised clinical hours. With our degree, earning your qualifications is now easier than ever. You can complete the program in three semesters and each student’s plan of study is individualized based on educational and experiential background.

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Program Evaluation Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Program Evaluation, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, will help you become a professional program evaluator. You will gain real-world experience in performing evaluation studies under the direction of seasoned professionals, including how to improve the quality of programs of all types and sizes. The field of Evaluation has grown dramatically in the United States and around the globe. Career opportunities include state and federal agencies, non-profits, educational institutions, health care, or independent consulting. Those who complete this certificate have priority admission into WVU’s Evaluation and Research Master’s Degree Program.

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) post-MSN certificate, offered by the School of Nursing, is for professional nurses who are interested in providing advanced psychiatric mental health nursing care in their community. Graduates of this program will meet all requirements to sit for national certification. You will perform advanced clinical differential diagnoses and management of patients to this selection population. The program includes 540 total clinical hours. With our degree, earning your qualifications is now easier than ever and all students pay in-state tuition rates. You can complete your degree in three semesters and each student’s plan of study is individualized based on educational and experiential background.

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Public Relations Leadership Graduate Certificate

The Public Relations Leadership Graduate Certificate, offered by the Reed College of Media, gives you the unique skills you need to enter the world of executive communication and leadership. Learn how to analyze an organization, develop favorable messages for internal and external audiences, and provide messaging via digital, social and traditional media. You will develop comprehensive public relations plans for organizations, utilizing market research and data analysis. The curriculum also covers effective crisis communication and how to incorporate crisis planning into an IMC campaign strategy. This program will prepare you for a career at the highest level of an organization, working with other members of executive teams.

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Quantitative & Qualitative Social Science Research Methods Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Quantitative & Qualitative Social Science Research Methods, offered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, trains students to conduct rigorous, sound quantitative and qualitative research in real-world settings and to critically evaluate these methods used by others. This certificate responds to increased demand for researchers trained in quantitative and qualitative methods locally, nationally, and globally. Quantitative and qualitative research skills are valuable across industries including healthcare, education, business, the non-profit sector, and others. Since the certificate is administered entirely online and asynchronously, it is ideal for working professionals or graduate students who need a flexible schedule.

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Software Engineering Graduate Certificate

The Software Engineering Graduate Certificate, offered by the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, is for individuals who are currently working in information technology or the computer industry and who want to enhance their career opportunities. Software engineering skills are critical to implement new technology, and this is one of the fastest-growing professions throughout industry and government. Professionals in this field are in high demand and fill crucial roles in healthcare, manufacturing, energy, aeronautics, technology, and finance. The certificate may be completed as part of a graduate degree program, or as a separate credential.

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Sustainable Trails Development Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Trails Development, offered by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, welcomes students from various fields who are interested in trails development, programming and management, as well as design. The demand for sustainable trails has increased in recent decades, and outdoor recreation can be a major economic driver for communities. While there are professional organizations offering short trainings, this curriculum is both more in-depth and more accessible. The program covers advocacy, design/build, and post-build opportunities. It features asynchronous online courses, with the capstone project offered either online or in-person (during the summer). Students may complete the graduate certificate on its own, or with a traditional graduate degree.

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