Find Your Perfect Match
Enhance your marketability with one of our certificates. The College of General Studies offers 14 different undergraduate certificates available as standalone programs or as an opportunity to be pursued in conjunction with another undergraduate degree. You also have the option of applying the credits you earn toward a future degree. So you can start in your chosen discipline while carefully considering whether it represents your missing puzzle piece...or perhaps a stepping stone to the next phase of your education.
Our certificates cover various disciplines and professional fields, so you are sure to find the right fit. You educational experience will also be enhanced by our interdisciplinary programs which represent collaborative offerings between different schools and departments with University of Pittsburgh.
Quick facts about our certificate program:
Flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum
Evening and online classes available
Start any term (Spring, Fall, or Summer)
Part-time or full-time
Open to non-degree and/or degree seekers
Apply online directly with CGS
Up to 9 transfer credits accepted upon evaluation
Explore Fields and Disciplines
- 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.
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 and 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.
- NEW: Disability Studies
This 18-credit disability studies certificate gives students a flexible framework of courses, bringing a Disability Studies lens to their home fields of study and engaging with Disability Studies as a rich interdisciplinary field in its own right.
- 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
This 18-credit certificate in information system design provides students a foundation in database management, user-centered design, security, and other IT topics.
- Leadership - for degree seeking students only
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 and Programs
This 18-credit certificate in managing health services and programs provides students with marketable management skills to advance their healthcare careers.
- National Preparedness and 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.
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 an online graduation application through the Pitt Portal prior to completing your last term in the program. Visit Graduation / Diplomas on the Registrar’s website for the instructions and check the Graduating with a CGS degree/ certificate website for the submission deadline. Contact a CGS advisor to confirm that all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term.