CGS Certificate Programs

An undergraduate certificate will help you to expand your skill set and enhance your marketability in today’s competitive workforce.

The College of General Studies offers 13 certificates in various disciplines and professional fields. Our interdisciplinary programs represent collaborative offerings between different schools and departments at Pitt. Most certificates are available as standalone programs or may be pursued in conjunction with another undergraduate degree. You may even be able to apply the credits you earn toward a future degree. 

Quick Facts About CGS Certificates
 BooksFlexible, interdisciplinary curriculum
(18-24 credits)
Computer and BookEvening and online classes available
School BellStart any term (Spring, Fall, or Summer)
Part-time or full-time
CertificateOpen to non-degree and/or degree seekers
ComputerApply online directly with CGS
CalculatorUp to 9 transfer credits accepted upon evaluation

Browse our certificate offerings below and visit each link for more information.


The 24-credit communication certificate helps students enhance their professional written and oral communication skills.

Community Health Assessment

CGS’s 18-credit community health assessment certificate provides an understanding of how social, economic, and environmental factors impact a community’s well-being. 

Corporate/Community Relations

This 18-credit corporate and community relations certificate at Pitt CGS will help you communicate strategically and effectively with internal and external audiences.

Digital Media

Our 18-credit digital media certificate helps students gain practical experience with multimedia content production, including video, audio, and graphic design.

Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies

The 18-credit gender, sexuality, and women’s studies certificate program at Pitt CGS provides an understanding of the role gender plays in society.

Information System Design

This 18-credit certificate in information system design provides students a foundation in database management, user-centered design, security, and other IT topics. 


Grow as a leader and advance your career with an 18-credit leadership certificate from University of Pittsburgh College of General Studies.

* This certificate can only be pursued in conjunction with a degree and has a pre-requisite requirement.

Managing Health Services Programs & Projects

This 18-credit certificate in managing health services and programs provides students with marketable management skills to advance their healthcare careers. 

National Preparedness & Homeland Security

This 18-credit certificate in national preparedness and homeland security from Pitt CGS prepares students to respond to emergency situations, from weather-related to terrorism. 

Nonprofit Management

Advance your career and build on your nonprofit and fundraising skills with an 18-credit nonprofit management certificate program at Pitt CGS.


The 21-credit writing certificate helps students improve their writing ability, whether for business communications or creative careers. 

Writing for the Professions

The 18-credit writing for the professions certificate helps students improve their writing proficiency—a valuable skill in today’s marketplace.

Accounting (Post-Baccalaureate)

CGS partners with the College of Business Administration to offer a part-time 24-credit post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting. The program is designed for working adults, with courses offered part-time, in the evenings.

Gerontology (Graduate)

CGS also supports a graduate certificate program in gerontology, offered by the Center for Social & Urban Research. Interested students should contact Jennifer Bissell by phone at 412-624-1019 or email at

Good to Know

Applying for a CGS Certificate

Current University of Pittsburgh students not already enrolled in CGS and non-degree seeking students looking to enroll only in a CGS certificate program will need to submit the CGS certificate online application form. All students must meet CGS certificate requirements for admission.

Current College of General Studies students should contact CGS Advising to discuss adding a certificate to their program plan.

Graduating with a CGS Certificate

To receive the certificate, you must fill out a graduation application form with CGS prior to completing your last term in the program. Check with CGS Advising for the application deadline, and be sure all requirements for the certificate have been met.

A physical certificate will be issued to students post graduation. There is a delay in printing and mailing the certificates due to Covid-19.