IP Short-Term Certificate

Students who wish to study in the U.S. for a short period of time without completing a degree or transferring to a university should consider enrolling in an IP Short-Term Certificate (IP-STC).

IP-STCs allow students to take college classes for 3 to 12 months, earn a certificate, and possibly apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). Students enrolled in an IP-STC often take advantage of other learning opportunities offered at Seattle Central, such as internships and volunteering.

The following IP Short-Term Certificates are currently available:

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 an interdisciplinary, 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 offers maximum flexibility and an opportunity to take the widest variety of subjects, as it allows you to design your own program. Use your imagination and create a schedule that suits you: take classes in art, business, and psychology one quarter, and humanities, Physical Education, and science the next! Or concentrate your classes in one or two areas, such as the arts and humanities.

Students who need to complete specific pre-requisite classes to prepare for a degree program at another institution can enroll in the General Studies certificate. They can work with their advisor to plan a schedule that will help them meet their academic goals.

Students who complete the 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.


Some classes in 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 for all our IP Short-Term Certificate classes are available in our course catalog.

Not all classes are available every quarter. To see classes offered in an upcoming or recent quarter, visit our quarterly class schedule.