Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs represent sequences of several courses that share a uniting principle, documenting work that extends beyond a single course.

Certificate Programs at a glance

Image of an example program certificate for the Customer Service Specialization

Available Certificate Programs

Note that a number of the courses in these programs have also been recommended for college credit. To learn more about how and where you can earn credit for our courses see our College Credit Guide.

General Education Curriculum

Saylor Academy’s General Education curriculum is designed to introduce students to a broad range of subjects including written communication, computer science, mathematics, art, philosophy, social sciences, and natural sciences. While focused on introductory level subjects within these various disciplines, successful mastery of the course and program outcomes should enable students to succeed in an advanced academic setting or within the modern workplace. Students who complete this curriculum are prepared to be reflective, confident, productive citizens of their local, national, and global communities.

Courses in the General Education Curriculum program

Note: all courses may be examined in detail in our catalog.

ENGL001: English Composition I
ENGL002: English Composition IIInformation Technology/Logical Reasoning
CS101: Introduction to Computer Science

Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (Choose 1)
MA005: Calculus I
MA121: Introduction to Statistics

Natural and Physical Sciences (Choose 2)
BIO101: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM101: General Chemistry I
PHYS101: Introduction to Mechanics
PHYS102: Introduction to Electromagnetism

Humanities (Choose 1)
ARTH101: Art Appreciation and Techniques
HIST103: World History in the Early Modern and Modern Eras (1600-Present)

[Social/Human Sciences:]

Economics (Choose 1)
ECON101: Principles of Microeconomics
ECON102: Principles of Macroeconomics

Political Science (Choose 1)
POLSC101: Introduction to Politics
POLSC221: Introduction to Comparative Politics

Behavioral Science
PSYCH101: Introduction to Psychology
SOC101: Introduction to Sociology

PHIL103: Moral and Political Philosophy

Customer Service Specialization

Saylor Academy’s Customer Service specialization focuses on the fundamental skills essential to effective customer service, including computer skills, business communications, and best customer service practices.

Students who complete this program are prepared to operate in multiple business environments to provide service to customers, clients, and colleagues.

Courses in the Customer Service Specialization program

Note: all courses may be examined in detail in our catalog.

All of these courses:
PRDV002: Professional Writing
PRDV003: Word Processing Using Microsoft Word
PRDV004: Spreadsheets
CUST104: Business Communications
CUST105: Customer Service

Business Administration Curriculum

Saylor Academy’s Business Administration curriculum is designed to prepare students for a leadership role in today’s highly competitive, global business environment. The Business Administration curriculum, which consists of a selection of courses that focus on cross-functional business competencies, provides a range of general business knowledge common to all business career paths.

Students take thirteen core courses and then specialize in a functional area of business by taking six electives. The program concludes with a capstone course, in which students implement and apply the sum of information learned throughout the program in a strategic development project.

Students who complete this program are prepared to succeed in leadership roles in modern, complex organizations.

Courses in the Business Administration Curriculum program

Note: all courses may be examined in detail in our catalog.

All of these courses:
BUS101: Introduction to Business
BUS103: Introduction to Financial Accounting
BUS105: Managerial Accounting
ECON101: Principles of Microeconomics
ECON102: Principles of Macroeconomics
BUS202: Principles of Finance
BUS203: Principles of Marketing
BUS204: Business Statistics
BUS205: Business Law
BUS206: Management Information Systems
BUS208: Principles of Management
BUS209: Organizational Behavior
BUS210: Corporate Communication

5 of these upper-level courses (2 must be 400-level):
BUS300: Operations Management
BUS301: Human Resource Management
BUS303: Strategic Information Technology
BUS305: Small Business Management
BUS401: Management Leadership
BUS402: Project Management
BUS403: Negotiations and Conflict Management

This final “capstone” course:
BUS501: Strategic Management

Computer Science Curriculum

Please note: several of the courses in the CS curriculum (noted below) will no longer offer certificates after August 17th, 2018. The courses will be moved to our legacy site where students will still be able to view them and use the learning materials. To be able to complete this full curriculum and earn a curriculum certificate, you will need to pass the final exams for affected courses before August 17th.

The remaining courses will all continue to offer individual course completion certificates.

Saylor Academy’s Computer Science curriculum is designed to provide students with a breadth of experience in software, hardware, and mathematics, crucially complementing the many “learn to code” resources available online. Within the 20 courses required within this rigorous program, 13 are foundational to the CS discipline, three are required mathematics courses, and four courses are electives for students to gain insight into some of the more common specializations within Computer Science.

Students who complete this program are prepared to work in diverse Computer Science fields.

Courses in the Computer Science Curriculum program

Note: all courses may be examined in detail in our catalog.

All of these courses
CS101: Introduction to Computer Science I
CS102: Introduction to Computer Science II
CS107: C++ Programming
CS201: Elementary Data Structures
CS202: Discrete Structures
CS301: Computer Architecture
CS302: Software Engineering
CS303: Algorithms – closing August 17, 2018
CS401: Operating Systems
CS402: Computer Communications and Networks
CS403: Introduction to Modern Database Systems
CS404: Programming Languages – closing August 17, 2018
CS405: Artificial Intelligence – closing August 17, 2018

Any 4 of these courses:
CS304: Compilers – closing August 17, 2018
CS305: Web Development – closing August 17, 2018
CS406: Information Security – closing August 17, 2018
CS408: Advanced Artificial Intelligence – closing August 17, 2018
CS409: Cryptography – closing August 17, 2018
CS410: Advanced Databases – closing August 17, 2018
CS412: Mobile Application Development – closed to new enrollment after March 1, 2018

All of these courses:
MA101: Single-Variable Calculus I – closing August 17, 2018; use MA005 as alternative
MA005: Calculus I
MA111: Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
MA121: Introduction to Statistics