Gain credentials from an accredited online certificate program
Colorado State University is regionally accredited, which means the University carries the highest level of accreditation available in the United States. Attending a regionally accredited institution allows you to apply for federal financial aid and may also affect your ability to obtain professional licensure and your ability to transfer academic credits to another institution. In addition, accreditation is important to employers. Those who offer tuition assistance may only offer the benefit for employees in regionally accredited programs. Learn more about CSU's accreditation.
Study online with industry experts
Credit certificates appear on your CSU transcript without noting the online delivery method, so it's clear you earned your certificate from an accredited brick-and-mortar institution and studied with renowned CSU faculty and industry experts to stay on top of trends in your field.
Build skills applicable to your career
Enhance your performance and increase advancement opportunities — or transition into a new career — with newly gained skills and knowledge. Earning a graduate certificate can often be a quicker way to build your resume than a full degree program, and can help you specialize in your field.
Apply coursework to a degree program
If you eventually choose to pursue a degree, credit courses successfully completed as part of your certificate may apply toward your degree program. Students who are already enrolled in a degree program can further specialize in an interest area by pursuing a related certificate. You'll find more information about the degree programs that accept credits from certificates on individual program pages.