Earn a Graduate Certificate 

If you want to advance your career and increase your earning potential, our online graduate certificate program is an excellent path for you. By earning a Benerd College graduate certificate, you will have an educational path that is flexible, rich in content and can serve as an entry way to a master’s degree.

Certificate students who decide they are ready to further their education will be able to stack all 12 certificate units into a related master’s degree program in Benerd College, reducing the cost to complete a graduate degree.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree (2.65 minimum GPA)
  • Official Transcripts
     

Please send all official transcripts to:

Office of Graduate Admission
3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton CA 95211
Telephone: 209.946.3929
Email: gradadmission@pacific.edu

Advance your career

Stackable certificates are ideal for students who want to develop their skills in a specialized area but may not be ready to commit to a master’s degree. They offer a pathway that will provide you with skills and credentials that can lead to higher pay, job security and help you advance toward your long-term goals. Whether or not you apply your stackable certificate to a degree in the future, our programs prepare you to reach your career goals.

One step closer to a master’s degree

If you decide to continue your education, all 12 units in the stackable certificate transfer into the corresponding master’s degree program in Benerd College. Students in the certificate program have the option to move directly into the master’s degree program after they have completed the certificate units or can return at a later date to finish their degree.*

*Review the academic catalog for rules and regulations about stacking certificates into degrees.
Design for Innovation in Education Certificate

The Design for Innovation in Education certificate is a four-course, 12-unit for-credit certificate designed for professionals interested in learning how to be a more creative educator and trainer. The certificate can be taken as a standalone accelerated pathway for those who want to enhance their knowledge of the principles of learning and their ability to create dynamic and personalized learning.

For students who wish to continue their academic journey, all 12 units can be stacked into Benerd’s Master of Arts in Education, Learning, Innovation and Design. Classes are fully online and launch Fall 2023.

Students collaborate in the Transformative Action in Education EdD program at Benerd College on University of the Pacific's Sacramento campus.
Student presenting in Benerd College's Leading for Social Justice program on University of the Pacific's Stockton campus.
Leadership for Social Impact Certificate

The Leadership for Social Impact certificate is a four-course, 12-unit for-credit certificate designed those interested in learning how to lead organizations for social impact. This certificate focuses on advancing our understanding of the social barriers that reinforce social inequalities, while developing strategies for dismantling structures that support existing systems of privilege.

Students have the option of stacking all 12 units into Benerd’s Master of Arts in Leadership, Leading for Social Justice program. Classes are fully online on nights and weekends, with three in-person weekend residencies at the beginning, middle, and end of the program.

Leadership in Health Education Certificate

The Leadership in Health Education certificate is a four-course (12-unit) for-credit certificate designed for those interested in leadership and education positions within their chosen health profession.

The certificate can be taken as a standalone accelerated pathway for those interested in developing effective health-related educational programs or the courses can be stacked into Benerd’s Master of Arts in Education program in Health Professions Education. Classes are fully online with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Students at Benerd College on University of the Pacific's Stockton campus.
Benerd master's student gives a class presentation in University of the Pacific's Organizational Innovation and Change program on the Sacramento campus.
Leading and Facilitating Innovation Certificate

Primarily online, the four-course, 12-unit Leading and Facilitating Innovation certificate provides hands-on skills for leaders and consultants fostering innovative organizations. Students learn, use, and facilitate innovation tools in a variety of settings as part of the program.  

The certificate can be taken as a standalone experience, or it can be transferred into the Master of Arts in Leadership, concentration in Organizational Innovation in Change. Classes are offered online, with one in-person residency weekend at the beginning of the program. 

Strategic Consulting Certificate

Primarily online, the four-course, 12-unit Strategic Consulting certificate provides practical tools and skills for change professionals. Students gain real-world experience applying new perspectives within a supportive mentoring environment.   

The certificate can be taken as a standalone experience, or it can be transferred into the Master of Arts in Leadership, concentration in Organizational Innovation in Change. Classes are offered online, with one in-person weekend residency at the beginning of the program.

Student in class at Benerd College on University of the Pacific's Sacramento campus.
Student studying in the library on University of the Pacific's Stockton campus.
Teaching, Innovation, and Design Certificate

The Teaching, Innovation and Design certificate is a four-course, 12-unit for-credit certificate designed to teach professionals how to apply design thinking to create innovative approaches to teaching. Students will evaluate existing innovations, create lessons that apply appropriate learning principles and create systems for multiple modality learning.

The certificate can be taken as a standalone program or for those who wish to continue their education, all 12 units can be stacked into Benerd’s Master of Arts in Education, Health Professions Education or Master of Arts in Education, Learning, Innovation and Design. Both programs are 100% online for working professionals.

As Benerd College’s graduate programs are hybrid, distance learning opportunities, University of the Pacific cannot issue Forms I-20 or DS-2019 for prospective students seeking sponsorship via F or J visas.  Should you have any follow-up questions, please contact the Office of International Programs and Services at IPS@pacific.edu.

209.946.2424

benerd@pacific.edu

3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, CA 95211