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Certificate Programs Online & On Campus Accredited, Affordable Courses

Ready to learn more skills? No matter what your educational journey has looked like until this point, earning a certificate online or on campus is a smart choice. It's both the perfect introduction to college for someone who has yet to try it – as well as an excellent complement to the degree(s) you've already earned.

For those who are interested in getting started at college, think of a campus or online certificate program as a try-before-you-buy opportunity. Because some of the affordable certificate programs at Southern New Hampshire University are as few as 4 courses, you can accomplish something to be proud of – while not breaking the bank.

What's more, should this achievement inspire you to take your college career further, your courses can often easily roll into a higher-level program that can help position you for a role you want in the future.

Certificates are also just as desirable for those who've already completed a degree. Enrolling in a campus or online certificate program is a great way to build on the skill set that you've already developed.

And those added skills you add to your resume have the potential to position you for the promotion you've been eyeing.

The benefits of earning your certificate from SNHU include:

  • Flexibility. Complete your certificate on campus or online.
  • Affordability. Committed to making education accessible and affordable, SNHU keeps tuition low. And with so few courses, an affordable online certificate program is an excellent way to keep costs even lower.
  • Expert instruction. Learn from accomplished faculty who bring real-world experience to the classroom.
  • Dedicated advising. From day one, you can count on support from dedicated academic and career advisors.
  • Student support. Take advantage of tutoring and tech support.

Explore Our Campus and Online Certificate Programs

Gain an Edge with a Certificate

Getting a certificate from an accredited, respected college like Southern New Hampshire University is an achievement to be proud of.

Not only will it allow you opportunities you may not have had before, but it can help set you on a path of learning for years to come.

Most of SNHU's online certificate programs fall into one of 2 categories:

  • An undergraduate certificate, which can be the fastest option to earn documentation of progress on the road to a higher-level degree, or it can be an opportunity to learn a new skill that can support career advancement or change.
  • A graduate certificate, which can be an opportunity to learn new skills that support your career or keep your existing skills up to date. This could also position you for advancement – either with your current employer or a future one.

Either way, earning a certificate allows you to update your resume with a credential that may give you a leg up on the competition.

Potential for a Salary Bump

For students who are just entering college for the first time, completing an online certificate program could make a difference in your paycheck.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers with some college (no degree) may earn about 12% more in median usual weekly earnings than those with only a high school diploma.1

And with each degree you earn – should you decide to pursue more education – that potential increase in pay can rise. Say, for example, you'd want to move the credits you earned into a degree program, like an associate degree.

Those with an associate degree made over 20% more in median usual weekly earnings than those with a high school diploma in 2020.1 Even when compared to those who finished some college (with no degree), associate degree holders still earned about 7% more.1

As for those who've earned their degree and want more training, there's so much opportunity for a pay increase here, too. Adding more education to your resume can give you a leg up on the competition – potentially giving you the edge you need to stand out to employers.

Plus, employers love to see that you've taken the initiative to improve yourself and that you can use your skills to help the organization.

No matter where you are in your career, a certificate has the potential to help you move forward.

Certificates Prove to be Popular

Short-term learning options – like certificates – have become increasingly popular over the past few years. SNHU offers 30+ certificates between campus and online formats, and they're available in a number of subjects like accounting, human resource management and various studies of criminal justice, among others.

Prep for Certifications

Those skills you learn in an SNHU certificate program may be able to offer you more than the skills you've been desiring.

They can also set you up for success if you're trying to earn an industry-recognized credential. For example:

Graduate Project Management Certificate: If you plan to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam, this program includes a course that satisfies the educational requirement for the credential.

Graduate Certificate in Six Sigma: This program positions you for the Six Sigma Black Belt certification exam, which could help you move into higher-level manufacturing, engineering, operations and executive positions.

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