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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study


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Design your own program of advanced study to enhance your skills and jumpstart your career.

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) is a self-designed, multidisciplinary degree option. It allows you to get exactly the education you’re looking for. You’ll build your custom program by choosing from any of the concentrations offered through the School of Professional Studies (SPS) master’s degree programs.

CAGS is ideally suited for working professionals who wish to gain advanced expertise in a new area. It gives you the skills necessary to continue to excel in your specialty while improving your opportunities for promotion and advancement.

Why Study at Clark?

  • Master skills in leadership, critical thinking, decision-making, creative problem-solving, and managing change.
  • Benefit from a highly individualized curriculum with evening, hybrid, and online classes to accommodate your schedule.
  • Take advantage of affordable tuition rates.
  • Gain hands-on experience in your chosen specialty.
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.


  • 7 courses
  • 1 Capstone project

Course Catalog

Explore what the School of Professional Studies has to offer.