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Western Michigan University offers a program for the training of substance abuse specialists through the Graduate Certificate Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SPADA). The departments of Biological Sciences, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Public Affairs and Administration, Sociology and the School of Social Work provide the multi disciplinary and interdisciplinary bases to the specialty. Courses are planned and taught by program faculty and faculty from the contributing disciplines. [More Information]

Applied Statistics, Interdisciplinary

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics is a program designed primarily for the graduate students at Western Michigan University who are not Statistics majors. Students who complete the program will be quantitatively aware, and capable of doing quantitative research for their doctoral dissertations and masters theses. They will be able to properly design their experiments or surveys, collect data, and perform analysis using statistical software packages such as SPSS or SAS. [More Information]


Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics is designed for the graduate students in statistics but also for qualifying graduate students that are not statistics majors as well as working professionals who want to enhance their background in health-related data analysis: Physicians, nurses, clinical researchers, health educators and administrators. [More Information]

Educational Technology

This graduate certificate program provides a strong framework for the development of educational technology competencies for individuals that are employed or seek professional employment in the field of education as technology specialists. The audience for the program is anticipated to be in-service teachers interested in educational technology in the classroom, in-service teachers with more advanced technology knowledge interested in competencies and responsibilities required for building level technology specialists, in-service teachers or individuals who desire or assume the position of district technology coordinator, and district administrators and staff who desire advanced skills in the area of educational technology coordination. [More Information]


WMU has brought together an engaged group of scholars working in the field of ethnohistory. Particular areas of expertise include culture contact, colonialism, material analysis, historiography, oral history, gender, historical archaeology, ethnography, tribalization, globalization, and modernization. These topics are not restricted to any particular geographic area nor any particular societal structure. [More Information]

Geographic Information Science

This certificate program is designed for post-baccalaureate students in social and physical sciences, public administration, information technology, engineering, business, and other disciplines. Many professionals in these areas need skills in handling and analyzing geographically distributed data. [More Information]

Gerontology graduate certificate coming beginning in fall of 2015

This 15 credit certificate will be offered fully online with options to meet with instructors and other students. The first two courses will be offered beginning in September 2015. [More Information]

Health Care Administration

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Administration is to enhance the capacity of its graduates to function effectively as managers in the health care system. The program includes the legal, financial and policy dimensions of contemporary health care administration, critical management issues, strategic planning and evaluation, and critical issues in the delivery of health care services. [More Information]

Higher Education and Student Affairs

The certificate program in higher education and student affairs (HESA) is designed to enhance the work of current professionals in student affairs and related administrative positions by providing the theoretical and academic knowledge associated with the field. Applicants to this certificate program must be employed full-time in higher education, or be enrolled in another graduate program and demonstrate commitment to, and experiences within, higher education. [More Information]

History of Monastic Movements

The Graduate Certificate in the History of Monastic Movements is open to students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Western Michigan University. The certificate requires 18 credit hours of approved courses, including a Seminar on Monastic and Communitarian Movements offered by faculty of one or more of the participating departments or institutes. [More Information]

Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness

The Graduate Certificate Program in Integrative Holistic Health and Wellness is designed to provide education and experience in holistic approaches to health. Multidisciplinary in nature, it includes eighteen semester hours of study in holistic health care and related topics. [More Information]

Music Performance

The Certificate Program in Music Performance is a highly selective, non-degree graduate program for the specialized training of the gifted and accomplished performer in preparation for competitions, auditions and the development of a performance career. The program of study includes private instruction, solo performance, experience in both large ensembles and chamber music, musicianship, and entrepreneurial workshops. It may include non-performance music courses. [More Information]

Nonprofit Leadership and Administration

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate Program in Nonprofit Leadership and Administration is to enhance the capacity of its graduates to function effectively as leaders in nonprofit organizations. It is designed to meet the development needs of professionals currently filling administrative roles in nonprofit organizations, as well as those who plan to fill such roles in the near future. The Nonprofit Leadership and Certificate program may be taken by itself or in conjunction with a graduate degree program. [More Information]

Spirituality, Culture and Health

The Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University has created a new online graduate certificate in spirituality, culture and health. Health and human services professionals throughout the United States will benefit from this unique new certificate created to address the needs of people who serve an increasingly diverse population. [More Information]