The University of Memphis offers 30 graduate certificate programs:
African American Literature
As we enter the opening decades of the twenty-first century, interest in African American
literary studies continues to flourish. By preparing students to teach African American
Literature and giving official recognition of preparation, the certificate program
helps graduates qualify for jobs both within the United States and abroad.
Applied Lean Leadership
This graduate certificate provides students with competitive knowledge and skills
for jobs in which Lean is practiced, and a cost-effective way to upgrade technical
skills in Lean techniques. The certificate is intended for the student who has a
bachelor's degree and who is currently working full-time in a production or service
industry, and is specifically interested in learning about Lean principles and practices.
Based on the Society of Manufacturing Engineers' "Lean Certification Body of Knowledge,"
a student who completes the certificate program will be expected to be able to pass
the SME/AME/Shingo prize, Lean Certification Exam at the Bronze level.
Artist Diploma in Music
The Artist Diploma is a certificate program providing concentrated post-baccalaureate
training for prospective professional musicians. Currently it is offered in voice
and violin; it involves lessons and recitals at the School of Music and an internship
at Opera Memphis (for singers) or the Memphis Symphony (for violinists).
The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies is to provide practical
educational training to individuals who are presently working within healthcare, adult
disability and/or educational settings. Individuals completing this post baccalaureate
certificate program will be able to provide evidence-based decisions specific to the
treatment and education of people with ASD, design and implement highly specialized
evidence based instructional programs for people with ASD, and design and implement
common behavior management strategies shown to be effective for people with ASD.
Business Information Assurance
The primary purpose of this certificate program is to prepare participants to be able
to make effective decisions regarding information assurance strategies. Students will
become familiar with various methodologies for maintaining business continuity in
case of an attack or disaster and will become knowledgeable about policy development,
implementation techniques, employee awareness and training, assessment of effectiveness
of security programs, as well as various other factors that result in long-term managerial
Business Project Management
This certificate satisfies a demand for business project management professionals
in our region without requiring addition resources. It also creates untapped research
opportunities and collaborations for our faculty with the project management community.
The primary objective of this certificate is to supply graduate students interested
in Cognitive Science with interdisciplinary training in the major fields of Cognitive
Science, Cognitive Psychology, Artificial Intelligence and Linguistics. The main focus
is to develop core competencies to support research in cognitive science as well as
applications in human-computer interaction, information systems, advertising and marketing,
There are many who are qualified to teach in colleges today. But only few can say
they are quality teachers. A certificate in College Teaching equips Graduate Teaching
Assistants (GTAs) with the knowledge and skill in effective college teaching methods.
Community College Teaching & Leadership
Studies show that over 60 percent of the nation's community college professionals
will reach retirement eligibility during the next 15 years. The Certificate in Community
College Teaching and Leadership is designed to prepare the next generation of community
college administrators and faculty. Gainful Employment Disclosure
This certificate program provides training for professionals who have, or plan to
have, the opportunity to work with person who have disabilities. It will also provide
students with a comprehensive background on the physical, psychosocial, vocation and
legal issues that face persons with disabilities.
The Entrepreneurial Journalism Certificate program prepares students to start their
own media-related businesses or bring innovation to legacy media organizations as
“intrapreneurs.” The program emphasizes knowledge of business fundamentals, marketing,
advertising and public relations strategies for new businesses, and creating digital,
multimedia content for media products or promotions.
Family Nurse Practitioner
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program provides a formal program
of study for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree and
are interested in taking the national certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse
Practitioner without requiring them to complete a second masters degree. Gainful Employment Disclosure
Geographic Information Systems
The GIS Certificate Program is for those with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field,
and with an interest in using GIS as a problem-solving tool. The GIS Certificate gives
students an interdisciplinary perspective that allows them to integrate GIS skills
into their knowledge acquired in other disciplines; competitive skills and training
for jobs in which GIS skills are essential.
Healthcare Informatics Leadership:
The purpose of this interdisciplinary post-baccalaureate certificate is twofold: to
provide education training to individuals who are presently working in the area of
healthcare information technology; and/or prepare a workforce of individuals to meet
the industry’s movement towards electronic healthcare documentation.
Imaging and Signal Processing
The graduate certificate program in Imaging and Signal Processing is intended to provide
students and practicing professionals the graduate background material to further
their careers in this important area. The subject area is important to many application
areas, but biomedical, sensing and signaling for commercial and defense, and information
technology applications are of particular interest. The program combines traditional
signal processing topics with optics and imaging, as well as computer vision, pattern
recognition, and multimedia processing. Computer programming simulation and analysis
are emphasized. In addition, the courses in the program are core courses for the Masters
degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and thus, the certificate is also a
portal to that degree.
This certificate program highlights important aspects of information security and
assurance technologies. The University of Memphis is designated by DHS and NSA as
a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance, and its IA courses
are accredited by the Committee for National Security Systems for Computer Security
standards 4011, 4012, and 4013. These security standards specify the minimum knowledge,
skills, and abilities required to fulfill the duties, respectively, of an Information
Systems Security Professional, Senior System Manager, and System Administrator. Gainful Employment Disclosure
Instructional Computer Applications
Computers are essential in today's classrooms. Teachers who know how to operate them
are in the highest demand. Graduates completing this certificate learn to make the
most effective use of technology in classrooms, K-12, as well as serve as consultants
to faculty members and school administrators.
The graduate certificate in Liberal Studies is intended to present graduate background
material for those ssking personal enrichment provided by liberal learning and the
development of those intellectual skills necessary to lifelong learning--critical
reading, scholarly writing, and the art of interpersonal communication. The certificate
requires 15 hours of graduate coursework.
Literacy Leadership and Coaching:
The goals of this certificate program are: 1) to offer literacy teachers education
beyond the state certified reading endorsement to prepare them to address the leadership
needs across the region and beyond, 2) to provide an accelerated cohort-driven program
of study that will enable students to receive a Certificate in Literacy Leadership
and Coaching in a timely and meaningful fashion, and 3) to give official recognition
of an expertise in literacy leadership to help students qualify for jobs both within
and outside the United States.
Local Government Management
The objectives of the certificate program are: (1) Help working professionals upgrade
their knowledge and skills of local government and theory. (2) Empower graduates of
the program to succeed as effective and ethical leaders in local government administration.
(3) Enhance the analytical and management capabilities of individuals who are responsible
for the provision of varied services directly to citizens.
Museums are a vibrant sector of our communities, with new and innovative ones opening
every year. The Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Studies is
designed to give scholars enrolled in graduate study in art, anthropology, history,
public administration, business, and education, or who hold graduate degrees in such
disciplines, the skills to enter museum professions.
The Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Administration provides a formal program
of study for students who hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree in another specialty.
The program provides them with content that provides a strong foundation in complex
systems, organizational theory, financial management, and leadership practice.
The Nursing Education Certificate program provides a formal program of study for masters
prepared nurses interested in obtaining a credential allowing them to teach in Schools
of Nursing. The program provides them with the content necessary to teach nursing
students in a specific area of nursing. Once students complete the certificate, they
are eligible to sit for the national certification exam in this area. This certificate
is the optimal way for those already holding a masters degree and desiring this specialization
to gain marketability without having to complete an entire second master’s degree.
Nursing informatics integrates information science, computer science and more. A
Master’s prepared nurse who engages in nursing informatics is an informatics nurse
specialist. Nurses with a specialty in informatics identify, collect, process and
manage data and information to support nursing practice, administration, education,
research, and the expansion of nursing knowledge. The Nursing Informatics Post-Master’s
Certificate program provides a formal program of study for masters prepared nurses
interested in obtaining a certificate in Nursing Informatics.
The proposed graduate certificate in Packaging Engineering is intended for students
who possess a bachelor’s degree and are currently working full time or applying to
graduate schools, and for graduate students who are specifically interested in learning
more about packaging engineering. The Packaging Engineering Certificate Program will
provide students with competitive knowledge and skills for jobs in which packaging
is practiced, a small class size ensuring personal attention, and interaction with
local packaging industry community.
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership
Every employee and volunteer in a nonprofit organization plays a role in meeting the
philanthropic goals and charitable purposes of the organization. The Certificate in
Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is designed to meet the needs of these employees
and volunteers looking for advanced study in the theory and practice of nonprofit
administration. Ideal for nonprofit professionals, community volunteer leaders and
active philanthropists, the Certificate is offered by the Division of Public and Nonprofit
Administration. The Certificate requires 15 hours of graduate coursework, all available
in both on-campus and online formats.
Qualitative Studies in Education
The Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Studies in Educational Research is intended
to prepare students enrolled in any Doctoral program in the School of Education, Health
and Human Sciences and throughout the University to design, conduct, publish, and
teach rigorous qualitative research. The current academic climate has seen a paradigm
shift from a strict focus on objectivist quantitative research to a broader focus
on constructionist/subjectivist qualitative research methodologies. Recognizing this
shift, our program offers students the appropriate coursework and mentorship to advance
their knowledge and application of qualitative research traditions/methodologies such
as ethnography, case study, narrative inquiry, post-structural approaches, and creative
Software testing is a critical discipline as organizations increasingly rely on information
systems that are becoming increasingly more complex. This certificate prepares students
to both manage and participate in testing at all stages of the software development
process. The topics and techniques are applicable to testing all types of software.
Teaching English as a Second Language
We live in a global community, where different languages and cultures interact on
a daily basis. The TESL Certificate trains students how to teach English to speakers
of different languages. And such training also helps students qualify for jobs within
and outside the United States. Gainful Employment Disclosure
The 12 credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Urban Education offers an advanced program
of study in the expansive and distinct historical and contemporary knowledge, scholarship,
and practical issues related to instruction and curriculum leadership in an urban
educational context that has a diverse population, is geographically bounded, and
is unique in its political, economic and cultural history, relationships, and interactions.
The program of study includes a 3 credit-hour workshop that allows the student to
explore an issue individually through independent study, online engagement, and engaged
Women's and Gender Studies
Women's roles have changed remarkably over the past 50 years. The Certificate of Women's
Studies gives students competitive skills and training for jobs in which the analysis
of gender and race is essential, as well as education needed for entrance in selected