Union Institute & University’s Graduate Certificates provide you with a distinguished addition to your Ph.D. focus. Each certificate includes 12 credits of courses integrated into your major with engaging peer discussions, adding a secondary notable qualification to your esteemed degree.
Creative Writing
Coordinator : Dr. Carol Barrett

The Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing is tailored to students producing a creative dissertation centered on creative writing, as well as other students who wish to integrate creative writing into their Ph.D. coursework. This 12-credit-hour certificate provides students with a formal recognition of their graduate-level coursework in creative writing, their active engagement in the strengthening of their creative writing skills, and their dedication to creative writing as a craft, scholarship, and intellectual pursuit.

Design Thinking
Coordinator : Dr. Anu Mitra 

The Graduate Certificate in Design Thinking is focused on providing scholar-practitioners with knowledge, skills, and dispositions to lead experiential learning. Learn to leverage design thinking for implementing positive changes in your community and addressing real challenges. Pursue rewarding research on Design Thinking and related models of cooperative partnership as a forum for problem solving.

Educational Leadership
Coordinator : Dr. Beryl Watnick

The Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership provides a more focused lens through which Education and Leadership scholar-practitioners perceive and understand the highly complex nature of leadership in schools and institutions of higher education. By narrowing the focus, special emphasis will be on praxis and allow for enhanced opportunities that engage educational practitioners in real-life problem solving.

Executive Leadership
Coordinator : Dr. Betty Overton-Adkins

The Executive Leadership Certificate provides students with formal recognition of their course work in leadership and signals interest and preparation for upper managerial leadership roles and responsibilities. The certificate acknowledges preparation that emphasizes focus on a deep understanding of leadership issues within nonprofit organizations, and especially those organizations where a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to organizational success.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies and Social Change
Coordinator : Dr. Nancy Boxill 

The Graduate Certificate in MLK Studies and Social Change is designed to engage students in careful thought about the legacy of Dr. King and its connection to the current challenges of social justice. The popular and academic interest in matters of inclusion, poverty, racism, peace studies, matters of race, culture, gender, political economy, and the study of social change and the central areas of inquiry are offered in the certificate program.

Women’s & Gender Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies provides students with a formal recognition of their graduate-level coursework in, scholarly commitment to, and familiarity with the field of Women’s and Gender Studies for those seeking employment in academic Women’s and/or Gender Studies departments and/or community, non-profit, government, corporate or other professional tracks. Women’s and Gender Studies serves as a theoretical foundation for their dissertations and further research.

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