COVID-19 Information

The College of General Studies welcomes new and returning students for the upcoming 2021 semester. In accordance with university guidelines, we remain committed to the health and well-being of the communities we serve and will continue to provide remote delivery of services and programs throughout the year.

For COVID-19 updates, visit The Power of Pitt.

CGS Certificate Programs

An undergraduate certificate will help you to expand your skill set and enhance your marketability in today’s competitive workforce. Undergraduate certificate programs typically require 6 to10 three-credit courses and are available from the College of General Studies, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, and the University Center for International Studies. Prerequisites, curriculum, and admissions requirements vary, so be sure to check individual certificate program pages for more information.

General Information about CGS Certificates

Our 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. 

  • Many certificate courses are offered in the evenings and some are available in an online format, but not all courses are offered every term.
  • All courses are three credits unless otherwise noted. Please check course descriptions for prerequisites.
  • Credits earned at other accredited educational institutions may be eligible for transfer. However, a minimum of 9 credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh. 
  • Students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in all University certificate courses.

CGS Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Community Health Assessment

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


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

Corporate/Community Relations

The corporate and community relations certificate at Pitt CGS will help you communicate strategically and effectively with internal and external audiences.

Digital Media

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

Gender, Sexuality, and 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 

A 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 and Projects

A certificate in managing health services and programs provides students with marketable management skills to advance their healthcare careers. 

National Preparedness and Homeland Security

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

Nonprofit Management

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


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.

CGS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program


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.

Graduate Certificate Program


CGS also supports a graduate certificate program in gerontology. Interested students should contact Jennifer Bissell by phone at 412-624-1019 or email at

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 your CGS academic advisor prior to completing your last term in the program. Check with your academic advisor for the application filing form and 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.