Microcredentials and CertificatesOnline

In-demand skills. Career-building education.

Employers everywhere need professionals with the knowledge to help their businesses thrive. By earning an Oregon State University microcredential or certificate online, you’ll develop the highly specialized skills you need to boost your career and stand out in the job market. These high-quality offerings give you the ability to study a variety of focused subject areas in less time than a full degree program. What is a microcredential?

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Undergraduate microcredentials (34)

Business of Viral Content Creation

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn to strategically analyze and produce content with the intention of building your own platform and brand, and sharpen your content gathering, evaluation and writing skills.

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Chinese (Introductory)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn the essentials of colloquial Mandarin with an emphasis on conversation, reading and writing, and build a foundation that enables you to communicate with a global network.

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Consumer Analytics Fundamentals

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Equip yourself with the marketing and analytics skills to make decisions that advance organizations, and learn to apply human behavior principles to various business contexts.

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Content Development and Production

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Enhance your creativity and gain the applied skills to visualize a text narrative into an audio/visual media production, and develop the ability to manipulate sound media.

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Digital Marketing Fundamentals

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Understand digital channels, tools and trends — including search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) — so you can grow your business and advance its goals.

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Disparities and Discrimination Through an Economic Lens

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Take part in the economic analysis of disparities with a focus on theories and evidence of discrimination, sources of employment and wage disparities, and policies to remedy economic inequality.

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Economic Foundations

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Study how institutions allocate resources, the consequences of resource distribution, and learn to analyze decisions in markets and everyday settings.

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Engineering Mechanics

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Develop the skills to adeptly work with engineering technology, complete first-line engineering tasks and more as you build the foundational knowledge every engineer needs.

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German (Introductory)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Develop foundational speaking, writing, reading and comprehension skills in German, and learn about German culture while gaining the skills to converse with others in the language.

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German (Intermediate I)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Develop intermediate speaking, writing, reading and comprehension skills in German, and learn about German culture while gaining the skills to converse with others in the language.

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German (Intermediate II)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Develop intermediate speaking, writing, reading and comprehension skills in German, and learn about German culture while gaining the skills to converse with others in the language.

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German (Advanced)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Develop advanced speaking, writing, reading and comprehension skills in German, and learn about German culture while gaining the skills to converse with others in the language.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Opportunity Identification

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn design-thinking principles that will help you identify and scale emerging business opportunities, and learn entrepreneurship basics and a framework for process innovation.

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Innovative Healthcare Leadership

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Use exercises, simulations and real-world business scenarios to learn the key principles of healthcare management, and discover the forces that shape organizational performance.

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Innovative Healthcare Management

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to health care delivery systems and create innovative management solutions that better support health care workers and patients.

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Italian (Introductory)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing comprehension of Italian. Gain a unique cultural perspective as you develop the skills to converse with other Italian speakers.

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Italian (Intermediate)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Expand your speaking, listening, reading and writing comprehension of Italian. Gain a unique cultural perspective as you develop the skills to converse more confidently with other Italian speakers.

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Korean (Introductory)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn the logical components of Korean with a focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking, colloquial expressions and culture to gain a comprehensive understanding.

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Korean (Intermediate)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn the logical components of Korean with a focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking, colloquial expressions and culture to gain a comprehensive understanding.

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Medical Spanish

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Deepen your Spanish speaking and comprehension skills related to health care and medical language while exploring health and healing systems from cross-cultural perspectives.

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Occupational Safety in Supply Chain Management

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Maximize the health and safety of workers by learning how to manage exposures to hazards that come about from the products, processes and services organizations provide.

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Organizational Leadership

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Explore effective leadership styles that best fit your personality and preferences, and develop vital skills in the capacity of mentoring and cross-cultural communication.

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Professional Readiness

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Acquire the knowledge that employers need most when it comes to hiring and promoting individuals, and become a skilled problem-solver who makes sound decisions.

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Professional Sales

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Study the concepts and principles of effective sales strategies, and become skilled in persuasive communication, personal selling techniques and how to identify opportunities.

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Programming Fundamentals

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Build a strong foundation in computer science by learning the basics of programming and the necessary skills for front-line programming roles.

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Public Policy Foundations

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn how to conduct research, analyze and interpret qualitative data, and present this data to inform new policies, so you can help create workable solutions for issues in the public and private sectors.

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Retail Management Fundamentals

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn about all levels of management responsibility related to merchandising and store operations, and gain the ability to effectively market brands, products and services.

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Spanish (Introductory)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn about the complexity of the Spanish language and the diversity of Spanish-speaking communities while gaining the skills to converse with other Spanish-speakers.

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Spanish (Intermediate)

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Gain a more advanced understanding of the complexity of Spanish and the diversity of Spanish-speaking communities while gaining the skills to converse with others in Spanish.

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Sports Business

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Empower yourself to develop marketing strategies, evaluate strategic implications of sponsorship and apply analytical skills to improve sports business decision-making.

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Supply Chain Analytics

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Develop critical analytical skills and learn how to make data-driven business decisions. Learn how to analyze and improve supply chain challenges using proven, data-informed research methods.

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Supply Chain Logistics Management and Procurement

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Discover how to blend practical analysis skills with knowledge of supply chain management, and fine-tune your interpersonal and innovation skills through experiential learning.

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Supply Chain Management Fundamentals

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Build decision-making skills related to project and inventory management as well as the ability to apply process management concepts needed to solve workplace problems.

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Theoretical Computer Science

Microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Discover the science-based concepts driving innovation in AI, machine learning and data science, and stand out in the job market as a software engineer with skill-focused training in theoretical computer science.

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Undergraduate certificates (13)

Cybersecurity

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Learn to design and manage secure systems to safeguard data from malicious actors through knowledge of firewalls, intrusion detection systems and data loss prevention.

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Food in Culture and Social Justice

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Help build equal access to safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate food in cultures around the world by promoting food justice on local, state and national levels.

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Geographic Information Science (GIScience)

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Discover how to use geographic information technologies, and develop a skill set that is highly valued in science, natural resources, government, industry and business.

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Gerontology

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Learn to apply current theories and research in practice with aging individuals and communities. Research why we age, how to slow the rate of aging, and the challenges and strengths of aging populations.

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Global Learning

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Acquire a greater understanding of global cultures, economies, political systems and international relations, and learn how to skillfully communicate across cultures.

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Humanitarian Engineering

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Build technical engineering skills and learn to analyze the social, environmental and economic context as you work with underserved populations to help gain safe access to vital resources.

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Mechatronics for Manufacturing Engineering

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Integrate advanced applications of automation and mechatronics in technology, and step into a high-demand career in industrial robotics, mechanical design, electronics or systems engineering.

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Medical Humanities

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Enroll in a program that supports the scientific features of any healing profession and will prepare you to navigate important decision-making processes in health care.

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Organic Farming Systems

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Gain the technical skills and knowledge to make agricultural and food systems environmentally, economically and socially sustainable as you build a career in organic farming.

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Organizational Leadership

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Gain strategic communication and leadership skills, and learn how to effectively find, motivate and lead talented employees while running dynamic projects.

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Science and Technology of Alcoholic Beverages

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Gain expertise in fermentation microbiology, sensory analysis, production technologies and more. Build your career with training in brewing, distilling and winemaking from a global leader in the field.

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Urban Agriculture

Undergraduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Learn how to capitalize on new agricultural markets that are not addressed by traditional rural farming through innovative farming techniques that produce dynamic food systems.

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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Undergraduate Certificate or Minor
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Engage in a broad study of gender and women's issues in a program that emphasizes a diversity of experiences through a focus on disciplinary-based knowledge about women's lives.

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Graduate microcredentials (3)

Engineering Management

Graduate microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Start on the road to developing an advanced understanding of engineering management principles, and prepare yourself to thrive in managerial roles as a respected team leader.

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Engineering Project Management

Graduate microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn how to break complex tasks into pieces and correctly sequence those parts to ensure that a project meets time, budget and performance requirements.

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Public Policy Leadership

Graduate microcredential
Overview    |    Classes    |    Skills

Learn social science research methods and gain the analytical skills you need to become a leader in policy design and implementation.

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Graduate certificates (24)

Business Analytics

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Learn how to integrate information technologies with data science as you manage, mine, explore and analyze large data sets while developing skills that are in high demand.

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Business Fundamentals

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Become an in-demand professional with knowledge of key business concepts such as operations, finance, law, accounting and marketing that you can immediately put into practice.

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College and University Teaching

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Learn how to facilitate high-quality learning experiences at colleges and universities, nonprofits, government agencies and private industry through evidence-based instructional design and teaching practices.

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College Student Services Administration

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Shift your career by upgrading your skills in postsecondary student support and services. Curriculum is rooted in equity and access, community and justice and institutional transformation.

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Data Analytics

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Earn a graduate credential as you learn how to analyze complex datasets using statistics, computer science and mathematics, making an impact in areas that range from biohealth to business to environmental science.

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Dual Language Specialization / ESOL

Graduate Certificates
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Draw from linguistics, second language acquisition, education policy and program administration as you learn how to teach Spanish-speakers alongside English-proficient peers.

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Energy Policy

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Broaden your knowledge of U.S. energy policy, how it impacts the development of energy markets, and the technologies and resources currently in use and under development.

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Engineering Management

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Jump start your transition into a management role by acquiring key technical and soft skills along with engineering-focused business and operational expertise.

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Environmental Management

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Help organizations build more sustainable practices with skills in environmental management systems, ESG reporting and investing, humanitarian engineering, green infrastructure and more.

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Fisheries Management

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Gain the practical skills in biology, assessment science and social science that you need to manage sustainable recreational and commercial fisheries in collaboration with scientists and policymakers.

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Forests and Climate Change

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Learn how climate change impacts forest ecosystems and approaches to improve forest management for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Geographic Information Science

GIScience Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Develop skills in remote sensing, geospatial data collection and analysis, geovisualization and the use of machine learning to measure and model systems of human and environmental interaction.

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Instructional Design

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Develop an understanding of how people learn and process information, and acquire applied skills to design, implement and assess educational programs in a variety of settings.

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Leading and Creating Change

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Using practical methods, develop professional leadership skills that are valued by organizations that prioritize social, organizational and environmental health and justice.

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Organic Agriculture

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Grow your understanding of the science behind organic agroecosystems as well as your ability to manage them as you equip yourself for work in organic food production, policymaking or education.

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Public Health

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Prepare for the next stage in your public health career with graduate-level professional development in areas like healthcare administration, health equity and cross-cultural health promotion and education.

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Rural Policy

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Address the unique needs of rural communities through targeted initiatives that ensure equitable and sustainable access to healthcare, education, transportation and economic development in rural areas.

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Supply Chain and Logistics Management

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Start your career in a rapidly growing industry by acquiring the skills to manage the flow of products, from sourcing raw materials to transportation to manufacturing.

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Sustainable Natural Resources

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Gain a holistic view of sustainability as you tackle environmental, economic and social challenges that call for multidisciplinary problem-solving skills and a global perspective of resource management.

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Toxicology

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Explore how toxins impact our environment, human health and food safety and learn how to determine and limit toxicity risks.

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Urban Forestry

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Apply principles of forestry, green infrastructure, horticulture, urban planning and landscape architecture to the stewardship of planted landscapes and native forest remnants in and around cities.

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Water Conflict Management and Transformation

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Help communities manage a crucial natural resource as you facilitate water governance and conflict resolution, drawing on multidisciplinary expertise to balance ecological, social and economic interests.

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Wildlife Management

Graduate Certificate
Overview    |    Careers    |    Skills

Apply a range of applied sciences to manage wildlife populations, with a focus on practical skills that will help you balance habitat conservation and wildlife population dynamics with human dimensions.

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Start small. Then stack.

No matter your education level, Oregon State offers certificates and microcredentials online that will not only meet your needs but also can be stacked together — making it possible for you to start small and build.

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What is a microcredential?

Oregon State’s microcredentials are high-quality educational opportunities that can help advance your career with less time and financial commitment than a formalized degree or certificate program.

All Oregon State microcredentials consist of at least three courses and 8 credits. At least one of the courses that make up the microcredential must be taken online through OSU Ecampus. Microcredential offerings follow Oregon State’s quarterly term calendar. Learn more.

Who can enroll online in a microcredential or certificate?

Microcredentials are available to nondegree-seeking students, undergraduates, graduates, nontraditional students and working professionals. With the exception of graduate-level microcredentials which require a bachelor’s degree, it’s not necessary to have a college degree in order to apply, but some microcredential courses have prerequisites.

Anyone enrolled in an Oregon State bachelor's degree program can enroll in any Ecampus online undergraduate certificate. You may also pursue some of OSU's undergraduate certificates as a first-year, transfer or postbaccalaureate student.

Generally, students who want to enroll in a graduate certificate should already hold a four-year baccalaureate degree and have earned a cumulative 3.00 GPA or better in the process. Full admission details and minimum academic requirements for graduate programs are determined by the OSU Graduate School.

How do you apply for a microcredential or certificate?

Microcredentials — You can apply to Oregon State as a nondegree student if you are not currently enrolled at OSU. A nonrefundable fee ($30 for undergraduate applicants; $35 for graduate applicants) is due when you submit your application. Find more details about the online learning experience for Oregon State’s nondegree students.

Undergraduate certificates — If you are currently enrolled in an Oregon State bachelor’s degree program, talk to your academic advisor about enrolling in a certificate program. They will submit a request through the Office of the Registrar. If you are a first-year, transfer or postbaccalaureate student, you can find information on how to apply on the Ecampus website.

Graduate certificates — You can find application and admissions details on the website of the specific graduate certificate program(s) you’re interested in.

What support do microcredential and certificate students receive?

All Oregon State Ecampus students have access to the same support resources. The OSU Ecampus student services team is here to support you, and you can tap into resources such as free online tutoring, OSU’s Disability Access Services, OSU Libraries and Canvas support.

Students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate certificate programs also can work directly with an academic advisor or a faculty advisor.

How do you display a digital badge after completing a microcredential?

After completing the microcredential requirements, you’ll receive a digital badge that demonstrates evidence of your discipline-specific knowledge to employers. OSU’s Office of the Registrar will upload your information to Credly, the world's largest digital credential network, within three weeks of completing your final class.

The badge can be placed on your résumé, social media platforms, and job-hosting sites.

How can current students pursue microcredentials and certificates?

If you’re interested in pursuing a microcredential online, please submit this form. Note: You must complete at least one of the microcredential courses after having been accepted into the microcredential and at least one course that makes up the microcredential must be taken online through OSU Ecampus.

If you want to pursue an undergraduate certificate program, talk to your academic advisor. They will submit a request on your behalf through the Office of the Registrar.

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