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College of Arts and Sciences Offers Four New Graduate Certificates

Widener University’s College of Arts and Sciences is now accepting applications for four new graduate certificates: Non-profit Leadership, Creative Placemaking, Diversity in the Workplace and Urban Studies. The certificates were designed to give students a cost and time-effective way to earn graduate credentials and work toward a career move or a step up in their career ladder.

“Courses for these certificate programs are offered at night to best accommodate working adult learners,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Sharon Meagher. “We are also working with adult learners in mind to develop new master’s degree programs, which will allow students to customize a master’s degree by combining these certificates.”

Most courses in the new certificate programs also transfer to one or more of the university’s existing master’s degree programs. Therefore, students interested in a longer degree program can test the program first by working toward a graduate certificate.

To earn one of the new graduate certificates, students must complete four courses with a B or better within three years. Many of the courses overlap, which adds another layer of flexibility because students can easily change programs should they discover that another one better suits their needs.

Each of the four programs has a distinctive thematic focus: Non-profit Leadership develops leadership, citizenship, communication and civic engagement skills for work in the non-profit sector; Creative Placemaking focuses on theory and practice of how to use arts and humanities methodologies and content to create exciting and engaging programs that strengthen and build communities; Diversity in the Workplace educates professionals to recognize and address the issues surrounding the promotion and support of diversity in their workplace and professional lives; and Urban Studies aims to give students a deeper understanding of urban and suburban issues to position them to take the lead in addressing those challenges in creative ways.

To learn more about Widener’s new graduate certificate programs, or to apply, visit Widener’s website. To also learn more, contact Stephanie Ottino, assistant dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, at or 610-499-4691.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., are proud to be tobacco-free. Visit the university website,