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Graduate Certificate Programs

The College of Arts and Sciences offers graduate certificates in a wide range of fields, including creative writing, financial mathematics, nonprofit management, and more. Whether you're a working professional or part-time student, we offer specialized programs to enhance your resume and advance your career.

Certificate In Applied Statistics

Fairfield University’s applied statistics certificate program is designed for working professionals and graduate students interested in gaining a solid background in the fundamentals of statistics. The program blends practical and theoretical data analysis to train students in the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of numerical data.

Building competency in the field of applied statistics is beneficial to a wide range of careers in business, education, engineering, government, healthcare, science, and technology because it hones the data analytic skills needed to become a more valuable and efficient problem solver in the workplace.

Fairfield's applied statistics certificate program combines individual attention, a faculty deeply committed to teaching, and a focus on the whole person to meet you where you are and give you the skills you need to meet the analytic challenges you face. These skills include facts, methods, and tools, but also understanding, creative problem solving, and thinking with clarity, precision, and flexibility. Our program is designed with busy professionals in mind and is sufficiently flexible to fit into your schedule. The certificate can be earned as part of the requirements for the MS program or on its own.

Required Coursework

Students are required to complete four, three-credit courses for a total of 12 credit hours of approved graduate coursework, which may be applied towards an MS degree in mathematics at Fairfield University. The courses include:

  • MA 417 Applied Statistics I (3 credits)
  • MA 418 Applied Statistics II (3 credits)
  • MA 451 Probability Theory (3 credits)
  • MA 452 Statistics Theory (3 credits)

Note: Students who have completed the material in one or more of the required courses may substitute additional courses in applied and theoretical statistics and applied mathematics with the permission of the program director.

Certificate In Creative Writing

The Prologue is a yearlong, 12-credit certificate program that provides creative writers of all levels with two semesters of rigorous, graduate-level, one-on-one mentorship to help them jumpstart or finish a book-length project. Students receive individualized guidance from our experienced faculty of published authors who provide in-depth feedback to help develop and edit works in progress.

The Prologue certificate program is perfect for writers interested in pursuing an MFA in creative writing but who want to gain a better understanding of the experience prior to enrolling. It is also ideal for MFA graduates who have already earned their master’s degree but are working on a new project for which they are seeking feedback. Students interested in pursuing their MFA will be able to transfer their 12 credits toward a Master of Fine Arts degree at Fairfield upon completing their certificate.

The cost for the 12-credit Certificate in Creative Writing program is based on the $575 per-credit cost of the MFA program tuition.

Certificate In Financial Mathematics

Fairfield University’s certificate program in financial mathematics is designed for financial professionals looking for a command of the mathematics and theory underlying finance, and for those with mathematical and quantitative aptitude who want to learn to incorporate an understanding of finance. Participants acquire quantitative and qualitative skills and knowledge important to advancing careers in investment banking, hedge funds, and financial markets, and develop an understanding of the deep mathematics that underlie modern financial thinking and sophisticated financial instruments.

Fairfield's financial mathematics certificate program combines individual attention, a faculty deeply committed to teaching, and a focus on the whole person to meet you where you are and give you the skills you need to meet the analytic challenges you face. These skills include facts, methods, and tools, but also understanding, creative problem solving, and thinking with clarity, precision, and flexibility. Our program is designed with busy professionals in mind and is sufficiently flexible to fit into your schedule. The certificate can be earned as part fo the requirements for the MS program or on its own.

Required Coursework

Students are required to complete four, three-credit courses for a total of 12 credit hours of approved graduate coursework, which may be applied towards an MS degree in mathematics at Fairfield University. Required courses include:

  • MA 550 Classical Financial Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MA 578 Mathematics of Financial Derivaties (3 credits)

And any two of the following:

  • MA 401 Introduction to Applied Mathematics (3 credits)
  • MA 531 Dynamical Systems (3 credits)
  • MA 532 Differential Equations (3 credits)

Note: Students who have completed the material in one or more of the required courses may substitute additional courses in applied and theoretical statistics and applied mathematics with the permission of the program director. 

Certificate in Interior Design

Established in 1976, Fairfield University’s Interior Design program provides students with the necessary credentials, industry knowledge, and hands-on experience to earn their professional certification in interior design. Students receive individualized support and training from an experienced faculty of professional designers and industry experts, who teach them the technical skills to translate abstract concepts into three-dimensional reality. Over the course of their studies, students are given the opportunity to develop a robust portfolio and qualify to become Allied members of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), depending on which certificate track they complete. Fairfield University maintains a strong relationship with ASID and has its own chapter within the organization.

Interior Design certificates are available in residential and professional concentrations and offer flexible day and evening courses to accommodate students’ demanding schedules.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Hastings at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2688 or ehastings@fairfield.edu.

Professional Certificate (42-43 Credits)

The professional graduate certificate in Interior Design provides a hands-on design experience, plus training that enables students to translate abstract concepts into three-dimensional reality. Students develop the type of portfolio and presentation style that is the mark of a professional. This program is geared towards the student who is interested in Allied ASID membership but not in NCIDQ certification. Students may join the Fairfield University ASID student chapter and become Allied ASID members upon completion of the professional certificate.

Students may at any time choose to transfer their credits and pursue the MA in Interior Design, which meets the educational requirements for NCIDQ certification.

Required Coursework

Upon successful completion (B average or better) of the required courses and one elective, plus a favorable evaluation of the portfolio, students will receive a certificate of completion.

Required Courses:

  • Drawing & Presentation
  • History of Furniture I
  • History of Furniture II
  • Business of Interior Design
  • Textiles
  • Interior Design I
  • Color Design
  • Perspective Techniques
  • Lighting for Interiors
  • Interior Design II
  • Rendering
  • Basic CAD
  • Interior Design III
  • Interior Design IV

Elective Courses:

  • History of Architecture & Interiors
  • Sustainable Design
  • Kitchen & Bath Design
  • Commercial Design
  • CAD 3-D Architectural

Interior Design Residential Certificate (30-31 Credits)

This residential certificate in Interior Design provides the same foundation for hands-on design experience and training as the professional certificate, but is geared to the student who wishes to specialize in residential design only and is not interested in Allied ASID membership. Students develop the type of portfolio and presentation style that is the mark of a professional.

Students may at any time choose to pursue the professional certificate or transfer their credits toward an MA in interior design.

Required Coursework

Upon satisfactory completion (B average or better) of 10 required courses and one elective, plus a favorable evaluation of the portfolio, students will receive a certificate of completion.

Required Courses:

  • Drawing & Presentation
  • History of Furniture I
  • History of Furniture II
  • Business of Interior Design
  • Interior Design I
  • Color Design
  • Perspective Techniques
  • Lighting for Interiors
  • Interior Design II
  • Interior Design III

Elective Courses:

  • History of Architecture & Interiors
  • Textiles
  • Sustainable Design
  • Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Rendering
  • Basic CAD
  • Interior Design IV
  • Commercial Design
  • CAD 3-D Architectural

Certificate In Nonprofit Management

Fairfield University’s certificate in nonprofit management provides an opportunity for professionals interested in or already working in the nonprofit sector to develop and refine the competencies needed to effectively manage and lead a financially stable, innovative, and impactful organization in today’s challenging economy.

Whether you are assuming a nonprofit leadership role, aspiring to one, or hoping to gain a greater understanding of a nonprofit that you already work in tandem with, our graduate certificate program is designed to sharpen your analytical and management skills so you can effectively evaluate and strengthen an organization’s performance to help ensure long-term stability. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the foundation of public administration within a nonprofit organization, students will also learn important skills to enhance their role as a public administrator, including grant writing, project management, and financial management.

Required Coursework

Students are required to complete four, three-credit courses for a total of 12 credit hours of approved graduate coursework, which may be applied towards a Master’s in Public Administration at Fairfield University.

Required Courses:

  • MPA 410 Introduction to Public Administration

  • MPA 430 Economics of the Nonprofit Sector

Additional Courses (Select Two):

  • MPA 400 Financial Management

  • MPA 425 Grant Writing

  • IS 520 Project Management

Admission Requirements

Admission for all College of Arts and Sciences graduate certificates is based on the following criteria:

  • A completed online application
  • A non-refundable $60 application fee
  • Official undergraduate college transcript
  • A personal statement
  • A writing sample (Certificate in Creative Writing only)

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