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What is the difference between a graduate certificate and master’s degree?

Answer

Graduate certificates, alternatively referred to as post master’s certificates, typically take less time to complete than a full-time master’s degree program. Certificate programs focus on skills and competencies related to a particular career specialization rather than a broader master’s degree curriculum.

These advanced certificate programs are designed for students who already hold a master’s degree in another field. Depending on your current job and desired career pathway, earning a certificate can make more sense in terms of time and cost than working towards another master’s degree.

Working towards a graduate certificate can potentially be the best option for full-time working professionals looking to go back to school yet continue working.

Learn more about Herzing's business post master's certificate programs

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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