Professional Development Certificates

With classes taught by seasoned industry professionals in downtown Chicago as well as online, the University of Chicago Graham School offers a broad variety of certificates for professionals seeking to launch, change, or accelerate their careers.

Why a UChicago Professional Certificate?

Drawing on resources and talent from one of the world’s great universities, our professional development certificates provide exceptional opportunities for professionals seeking to advance in their careers while building their professional network. As industries evolve, so do our certificates. Our instructors and academic advisory councils continually build upon our curriculum so our students stay current with today’s ever-changing demands.

Current students and alumni of our Professional Development Certificates have access to career advising, our alumni network, an opportunity to join our Student Advisory Board, and graduates of most of our certificate programs may take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship Program.

Learn More About the Professional Student Experience


Student Advisory Board

The Professional Development Programs Student Advisory Board (PDPSAB) is composed of current students and alumni from across all certificate programs who meet throughout the academic year and advises Professional Development staff on issues of concern, plans events for their peers, and create a collaborative certificate community.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the PDPSAB to learn more about the student experience. If you are a current student interested in learning more about the PDPSAB or joining the board, please email Members serve for at least one academic year and meet monthly. All active students and alumni are eligible to join the board, including distance-learning students who attend the monthly meetings remotely.

Connect with Our Alumni

Our team is working to create a network to keep track of where our students work after they finish the program. We are also looking to build connections and create networking opportunities within the certificate community.

Join Our Alumni Network *

* For Alumni of our certificate programs only.

Alumni Scholarship Program

Our alumni scholarship program allows graduates of the Graham School certificate programs (except for Essentials of Project Management) to receive a 20% scholarship on:

  • Any single certificate course that does not require a prerequisite
  • Any additional full certificate program: every course of the program (Program application is required; application fee will be waived)

Please contact us at to verify your eligibility and ask any questions you may have.

Career Resources

Professional Development students can take advantage of career advising and networking events.

Learn More About Career Resources *

* For current students and alumni of our certificate programs only.

Students' Work Experience

quick facts: OUR Students' Work Experience

Our students choose to earn a certificate at any point in their career. Whether they are seasoned professionals or recent graduates, our alumni surveys consistently report that obtaining a certificate from the University of Chicago positively impacted their career.

Student Years of Work Experience

  • 1-5 Years: 33%
  • 6-10 Years: 20%
  • 11-15 Years: 16%
  • 16+ Years: 31%

Primary Motivation


Our alumni indicate that their primary motivation for enrolling in our certificates is to develop the knowledge and skills to move up within their organization or to change careers. Our career services and UChicago resources for current students and alumni have been essential contributors to their professional journey.

  • 23% Change professions
  • 12% Move up within an organization
  • 5% Change organizations
  • 57% Increase knowledge/skills
  • 3% Prepare for graduate school