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Design a custom program of advanced study in your chosen field to accelerate your knowledge, your confidence, and your career.

Build an advanced graduate program to your specific interests and goals with the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS). This unique, self-designed, multidisciplinary experience allows you to get exactly the education you need. If you are a working professional with a master’s degree and you would like to strengthen your competencies in a new area, CAGS allows you to add breadth to your existing degree and work experience.

You will create your custom certificate program by choosing courses from any of the areas offered through the School of Professional Studies (SPS), including conflict management, intercultural communication, administration, marketing communications, human resources, cyber security, new media technologies, and public relations.

Why a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study at Clark University

  • Master skills in leadership, critical thinking, decision-making, creative problem-solving, and change management.
  • Gain hands-on experience in your chosen specialty.
  • Add value to your existing degree with expanded knowledge and skills.
  • Pursue an individualized curriculum on your terms with online and evening classes and affordable tuition.
Joe Obrien

Committed to Making a Difference

As a public policy consultant and one-time mayor of Worcester, Joe O’Brien knows what it takes to make a difference — and his commitment is matched by students who want to do likewise.

The CAGS program provides opportunities for graduate students to work with community-based organizations or government agencies in developing solutions to real-world public policy challenges at the local, state, or federal level.

The Essentials

Program Overview

Students in the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAGS) program develop a study plan that outlines their interests and maps out compatible courses. We offer courses in such areas as conflict management, intercultural communication, administration, marketing communications, human resources, cyber security, new media technologies, and much more.

Any course offered for graduate credit at the School of Professional Studies (SPS) may be selected for this degree. Students may also create their own electives based on readings or research that is approved by an instructor. In addition to regular coursework, students must complete a capstone project to demonstrate their professional competencies.

Requirements

  • 7 courses
  • 1 Capstone project

Course Catalog

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