IEP Short-Term Certificate

The IEP Short-Term Certificate (IEP-STC) program allows you to study college classes for 3 to 12 months and earn a certificate of completion. In addition, if you complete an IEP-STC of at least 9 months in length, you may be eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). If you have questions about OPT eligibility, please contact your primary advisor for assistance.

Students choose to enroll in an IEP-STC for a variety of reasons. Many simply wish to study in the United States for short-term, and do not plan to complete a degree or transfer to a university. Others have completed a degree, but would like to take some additional classes of personal interest before transferring or returning home.

IEP-STC students can also take advantage of volunteer and/or internship opportunities, as certificates may include up to 3 internship or volunteer credits per quarter of enrollment.

Selecting classes

To review the classes for our IEP Short-Term Certificates, click on the tabs below:

Business in a Global Society

The Business in a Global Society Short-Term Certificate allows you to choose from a wide range of courses that will help you understand business practices, trends, and issues within a global context. Learn leadership skills, how to adapt to changing technology, and how to understand and implement employee policies that take ethics and cultural differences into account. Course choices include traditional favorites such as Economics and Accounting, as well as more focused classes, such as Global Political Economy, Diversity Issues in Business, and Internet Law.

Computer Science and Technology

Students in the Computer Science and Technology Short-Term Certificate focus on how computing systems and information support research, communications, and business. Classes cover broad areas in computer science, communications, and business, as well as specialized courses in web design and digital communications. Take courses in sociology and psychology in order to better understand human behavior while you learn practical skills such as building databases and developing computer programs.

Cultures and Communication

The Cultures and Communication Short-Term Certificate focuses on culture, communication, media, and society in local, national, and global contexts. Gain the knowledge and skills you need for effective communication across countries and cultures, and learn about the forces that influence the way we live, work, and communicate in a globalized world. Classes are available in humanities, sociology, communication, psychology, political science, anthropology, and a variety of languages.

General Studies

The General Studies IEP Short-Term Certificate allows students to tailor their own program by selecting courses from any of the IEP Short-Term Certificate options.

Students who complete a General Studies certificate are not eligible to apply for OPT.

MBA Preparation

The MBA Preparation Certificate allows students in non-Business fields to take the core Business courses they need to meet graduate school requirements. Since MBA programs requirements vary, the curriculum is flexible: students only enroll in classes their intended program requires.

In addition to holding a recognized Bachelor's degree, MBA programs admission requirements can include GMAT/GRE scores, work experience, and high TOEFL scores. Completion of the MBA Preparation Certificate does not guarantee acceptance in an MBA program, but it provides the course preparation needed to meet the challenge of an MBA degree.

If you have questions regarding the classes or certificates listed above, contact your primary advisor.
Descriptions of all IEP Short-Term Certificate classes are available in our course catalog.

Note: If you were admitted to the IEP Short-Term Certificate program with a TOEFL or IELTS score, and have not taken ENGL& 101 or the COMPASS English test, you may not be able to register for classes online. You will have to meet with an advisor in person.  

Requesting your Certificate

To request issuance of your IEP Short-Term Certificate, please contact our office during your final quarter of study. An advisor will evaluate your eligibility for the certificate, and it will be issued within seven business days after final grades for the term have been posted.