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Graduate Certificates of Completion: Exploring the Opportunities – Part 1


By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you have earned an undergraduate degree in a field like sociology or psychology, you may be wondering what your next step should be. Many individuals choose to begin a master’s program, while others decide to earn a graduate certificate of completion, a shorter program that can later be applied to a graduate degree. Continue reading to learn about Grand Canyon University’s graduate certificate of completion programs offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Forensic Psychology

Are you passionate about studying criminal behavior? GCU’s Graduate Certificate of Completion in Forensic Psychology may be a great choice. Students in this program participate in an in-depth study of policies and legal concerns in relation to criminality, with an emphasis on promoting crime awareness and providing restitution to victims. This program also explores current theories in the realm of criminology and psychology, and delves into research methods of the science behind crime. Many who earn this certificate pursue careers in law enforcement or criminal forensics.

Human Factors Psychology

GCU’s human factors certificate places emphasis on the study of the human senses in creating and using different machines. Sensation and cognition of the human mind in relation to their relevance of technology in our modern world, are explored along with a human-centered approach to designing software. If you desire to pursue a career in a technology-driven company, this may be the perfect program for you!

Life Coaching

A Graduate Certificate of Completion in Life Coaching entails a blend of psychology, sociology and counseling practices, which can be used to help others achieve their full potential. Students in this program learn techniques and skills for organizations, as well as the comparisons between coaching, psychology and cognition. If you choose this program, you may find an interest in the healthcare industry. Or, you may even find yourself pursuing a career in entrepreneurship or individual work for families or individuals.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences helps students advance their ability to think critically, apply analytical constructs and communicate complex ideas clearly. To learn more about GCU’s degree programs, visit our website or request more information using the button at the top of this page.

About Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.

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