Widener Offers New Graduate Programs and Certificates to Prepare Students for Career Growth
Lindsay Friedman wanted a graduate program that was flexible with her schedule and applicable to her work as a nutrition program director.
She got both at Widener.
In only one year, and with a hybrid format, Friedman earned a master’s in organizational development and leadership – a degree that gave her the skills to succeed now and in the future.
“I feel like I have this new confidence about my job duties and my leadership and organizational development skills,” she said. “I am working in my first position as a director overseeing employees and programmatic changes. Widener offered a good opportunity for me to gain the background to succeed in this position.”
More and more professionals, like Friedman, are turning to Widener for an array of new and existing graduate programs and flexible certificates under the newly named Center for Graduate and Continuing Studies and the College of Health and Human Services.
“This is a really exciting time to enroll at Widener University,” said Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Strategy Kim O’Halloran. “We have several new programs that offer flexible course schedules, including part-time or full-time, evening or weekend, in-person or online. These programs prepare students for rapid career growth in evolving and growing fields.”
New programs and certificates include:
This new master’s program prepares students to care for individuals across all ages to prevent, diagnose, and treat speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Led by expert faculty, the program immerses students in a dynamic, hands-on learning environment, positioning students to emerge as clinically competent, ethical, and community-focused leaders in the profession with the skills and knowledge to transform patients’ lives. Students can complete the full-time program in as few as six semesters.
Allied Health Certificate
This 9-credit graduate certificate, offered part-time and online, allows students to acquire advanced skills in the field of allied health. Students learn how to communicate effectively in the health industry, and successfully lead their organizations in navigating internal and external change. Credits earned through the certificate program can roll into the allied health master’s degree program.
Organizational Equity and Inclusion Certificate
This 9-credit graduate certificate, offered part-time and online, equips current and future leaders in organizations across multiple industries to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive workforce. As more companies invest and prioritize diversity and inclusion, the job market will continue to grow in this field. Credits earned through the certificate program can roll into the master’s degree in organizational development and leadership with a specialization in organizational equity and inclusion.
Human Resources Leadership Certificate
This 9-credit graduate certificate, offered part-time and online, is designed for current and future human resources professionals who want to prepare for advanced work in a variety of industries. The certificate equips professionals to foster a productive work environment and establish and maintain positive relations with employees. Credits earned through the certificate program can roll into the master’s degree in organizational development and leadership with a specialization in human resources leadership.
Widener is offering a Data Bootcamp, completely online, designed for people from any academic background who want to advance their career by adding analytical skills to their chosen field. Students will learn from professors in the industry on how to use Excel, Tableau, and other tools to analyze and visualize data. All lectures will be online and will meet online with the classmates and instructor twice per week for questions and real-world projects.