MBA Degree Combined With a Graduate Certificate

Current students in the MBA program may combine their MBA degree with a graduate certificate. Courses completed for the certificate may be applied towards the MBA elective requirements if they meet the following conditions:

  • Graduate-level and credit-bearing
  • Not applied to the completion of requirements for another degree
  • Letter graded

MBA Programs work with the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration, and various programs within the School of Business.

School of Business

Graduate Certificates

All students enrolled in a graduate degree program within the School of Business, and in good academic standing, are eligible to be admitted to one of 20+ graduate certificate programs.

These students are required to apply, but are not required to submit supporting credentials (such as transcripts, test scores or recommendations) unless they are applying to the Business Analytics, Analytics for Managers, or Quantitative Business Foundations graduate certificates; those programs require a full online application.

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School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Administration | Available Online

The Online Graduate Certificate and MSHS Programs in Clinical Research Administration prepares health sciences professionals to participate in the science and business of developing new therapeutics for improving patient care. The rigorous curriculum focuses on regulatory requirements, ethical issues, processes for product development, the business of clinical research, and scientific method processes for product development. All courses are conducted online and offered in a flexible, asynchronous format to meet the needs of busy professionals. This layout provides a convenient option for self-disciplined and self-directed students to pursue the program and prepare for professional advancement while continuing their professional and personal commitments.

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Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Practice | Available Online

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research Practice requires the successful completion of 18 credit hours of coursework from the translational and health care research curriculum. The certificate capitalizes on the foundational courses of clinical research, health informatics, epidemiology, and biostatistics to prepare the graduate with the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct clinical research in collaboration with sponsored research programs.

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Graduate Certificate in Clinical & Translational Research | Available Online

The Graduate Certificate in Clinical and Translational Research is designed to meet the professional development needs of those seeking to broaden his or her translational research capabilities and to substantiate them with an academic graduate certificate.

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Graduate Certificate in Health Care Quality | Available Online

As more information about the structure, process, and outcomes of health care emerges, and the science of quality expands, quality improvement is becoming a distinct area of expertise. The Health Care Quality certificate at GW was developed to meet an emerging demand for quality and patient safety specialists who have the capacity and competence to grow and sustain a culture of continuous improvement at all levels and within every sector of the health care delivery system.

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Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences | Available Online

Students who opt to complete a graduate certificate in health sciences analyze key contemporary issues in U.S. health and social policy that affect the design and structure of the health care system; assess the health policy development process and its influence on health care delivery and quality; and discuss domestic and international regulatory processes and practices from early non-clinical investigations, through human clinical trials, manufacturing and testing up to launch, post-developing products, navigating the regulatory review and approval process, and contributing to keeping products on the market.  As part of the certificate students will use an Integrative case-based approach, analyze complex problems in the management and leadership of healthcare systems.

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Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs | Available Online

With the increasing need to both innovate and protect public health—by bringing new medical products to patients while ensuring their quality, safety and efficacy—Regulatory Affairs professionals are in high-demand. The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers a Graduate Certificate that is available online. To ensure students are presented with the most current and industry-applicable curriculum, the Regulatory Affairs programs at GW have been developed through collaborations with regulatory affairs professionals from the health care industry and governmental agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management


The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management provides an overview of central concepts in managing nonprofit organizations and is intended to meet the needs of students seeking a focused experience in order to prepare for or advance their careers in the nonprofit sector. It may be appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge but who do not wish to commit to a master’s degree program.

Certificate students enroll in regular courses of the Trachtenberg School and earn graduate credit. Regular graduate tuition and fees apply.

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program is available at the George Washington University’s main campus in downtown Washington, D.C. It is not available as a distance learning program.

Courses & Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management requires that students complete twelve (12) credit hours and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate.

Required Courses

PPPA 6031 – Governing and Managing Nonprofit Organizations

PPPA 6032 – Managing Fund Raising and Philanthropy

Elective Courses

Any two of the following:

PPPA 6016 – Public and Nonprofit Program Evaluation

PPPA 6033 – Nonprofit Enterprise

PPPA 6034 – Managing Nonprofit Boards

PPPA 6053 – Financial Management for Public, Nonprofit, and Health Organizations

PPPA 6058 – International Development NGO Management

Other Trachtenberg School nonprofit courses that may be offered from time to time. With prior approval of the field advisor, certain non-Trachtenberg School courses at GW may be counted toward the elective group.

Admission to the Program

Students applying to the Certificate Program do not need to submit a GRE score. Otherwise, applicants are required to meet the admission standards for admission to the Master's of Public Administration or Master's of Public Policy degree program.

Relation to the Master's Program

If certificate students decide to apply to the MPA or MPP degree program, they must meet the admissions requirements of the program, including GRE requirements. Up to 9 credits of their certificate coursework taken prior to admission to a degree program will be accepted in the master’s program within two years of completing the course and if a grade of B or better has been earned in the course. Certificate students who think they may wish to apply their entire certificate courses toward a degree (that is, all 12 credits) thus need to apply and gain admission to the degree program before registering for their fourth course.


For further information concerning academic requirements and content of the Graduate Certificate Program, contact Dr. Michael Worth, program director and Professor of Nonprofit Management.

For further information concerning application or registration procedures and other administration or financial matters, contact our admissions team at [email protected].

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