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Your needs are individualized, so it makes sense that your questions are, too. Our admissions team is ready to answer your questions and can be reached at (651) 962-8800 or You can also take part in a live chat with an admissions representative. But if your questions need answers now, here are some quick answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Why is a St. Thomas graduate certificate valuable?

St. Thomas graduate certificates are developed in partnership with Twin Cities industry leaders to  represent the most dynamic and emergent areas in business today. They provide students with access to the most current knowledge in rapidly-changing fields and industries while earning specialized, graduate-level credentials. 

What does “industry-driven” really mean?

St. Thomas graduate certificates were specifically designed to address the managerial talent and skills gaps identified by our corporate partners. The curriculum for all of our graduate certificates is co-developed and delivered with these partners in order to ensure direct input from top professionals working in a field or industry.

What kinds of graduate certificates does the Opus College of Business offer?

We offer graduate certificates in business analytics, corporate communication, digital experience, global business, marketing communication, strategic growth and real estate.

Do I have to apply?

Yes.  Interested students must apply and be admitted into our graduate certificate offerings. 

Who is a good fit for a graduate certificate?

  • Individuals with undergraduate degrees who are considering a master’s degree or additional education and want to explore a professional area of interest.
  • St. Thomas Flex MBA students who desire an additional specialized credential as part of their degree program. 
  • Professionals with an MBA or other master’s degree who are ready to advance or change careers.

How long will it take me to finish a graduate certificate?

Each of our graduate certificates requires the completion of 4-6 courses and takes 12-18 months to complete. You determine the pace of the program based upon your needs and goals.

You can also use your graduate certificate credential as a stepping stone: Should you wish to continue your studies in a St. Thomas Part-time or Full-time Flex MBA program, you can apply your certificate coursework toward the graduate degree.

Will this appear on an official transcript?

Yes, these are graduate-level credentials. You will receive grades and your courses will appear on an official University of St. Thomas transcript.

Will I be able to quickly apply what I learn to my job?

Absolutely. These programs are designed for working professionals and are developed and delivered in partnership with industry experts. As such, you’ll be able to immediately apply what you are learning to your job.

How might I benefit from a graduate certificate?

Each graduate certificate focuses on an emerging field or industry. Depending upon your career goals, these specialized certificates can enhance your potential to advance in your current field or break into a new one, serve as a gateway to a master's degree program, or extend your pursuit of life-long learning.

When can I enroll?

You can apply to and enroll in our graduate certificates year-round with entry in the fall, spring or summer terms.

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