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

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.

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