IP Short-Term Certificate

The IP Short-Term Certificate (IP-STC) program allows you to study college classes for 3 to 12 months and earn a certificate of completion.

To review the classes available for our IP 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 IP Short-Term Certificate allows students to tailor their own program by selecting courses from any of the IP Short-Term Certificate options.

Students taking the General Studies STC to complete pre-requisites for another program should meet with their primary advisor in their first quarter to make a program plan.

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.

Some classes on the above lists have pre-requisites. This means that prior to enrolling in those classes, students must already have completed the courses noted in the pre-requisite section.

Descriptions of all IP Short-Term Certificate classes are available in our course catalog.

Note: If you were admitted to the IP 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.

English Proficiency and Short-Term Certificates

English proficiency requirements for IP Short-Term Certificates are lower than those for ENGL& 101 eligibilty. If you would like to take classes that require ENGL& 101 eligiblity, and your proficiency is not high enough, you must demonstrate proficiency by taking the college English placement test.

If you complete an IP Short-Term Certificate, but later decide to enroll in the University Transfer or Career Training program, you may need to sit for the college English placement test, depending on your level of proficiency when joining the IP Short-Term Certificate Program.

Practical Training and Volunteering Opportunities

IP Short-Term Certificate students may be eligible for practical training opportunities:

- Students who are eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) may be able to register for up to 3 credits of Cooperative Education per quarter of the certificate. Visit our webpage for eligibility requirements.

- Students are eligible to apply for up to one year of Optional Practical Training (OPT) on completion of an IP Short-Term Certificate of 9 or 12 months in length. Visit our webpage for eligibility requirements.

- Students who are not eligible for CPT or OPT may register for up to 3 credits of Cooperative Education for volunteering in a non-profit agency.

Note: for the “General Studies” concentration, only students doing a pre-requisite program, with a course plan approved by an IP advisor, may be eligible for practical training opportunities.

Requesting your Certificate

To request issuance of your IP 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.