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Icon_Certificate_Gold.svg CERTIFICATE FIRST

Wish you could get a better job before finishing a degree? Now you can!

Earn marketable certificates — while earning a bachelor's degree. Instead of only earning a bachelor's degree, you will earn three certificates and an associate degree along the way.

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Make more money

Many students see a boost in their employability after they complete a certificate, and again after they earn a bachelor's degree.

Earnings Impact

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Finish a certificate in less than a year
Certificates are typically made up of just five courses and can be completed in one year or less, and every course builds directly into a degree.

Customize your degree

Certificates allow you to customize your degree. First, pick a bachelor's degree. Then select three certificates to build that degree. You'll earn all of this for the same cost and time as one bachelor's degree!

Degree Steps

Select a category to view available certificates and degrees:
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Questions
What I really want is a bachelor’s degree. Will a certificate help with that?
The best way to increase your chances of completing a degree is to earn a certificate first. It’s a great way to develop immediate job skills and increase your earning potential while laying the foundation for your future degree.
How do I know which courses to register for?
The courses required for each certificate are listed on each certificate page. Visit the Program List for more information.
Will employers recognize a certificate?
Employers want to hire individuals who can demonstrate skills. All of our certificates are designed to develop a variety of marketable skills, which employers will recognize and find valuable.
Icon_Bachelors_Teal.svg DEGREES & CERTIFICATES

BYU-Pathway Worldwide provides access to online degrees and certificates from partners BYU-Idaho and Ensign College. (Our partners grant the degree, while BYU-Pathway provides the resources to help students succeed.)

Select a category below to view our certificates and degrees:
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Business
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  • Certificate
  • Associate
  • Bachelor's
Certificate

Certificate (14-15 credit hours)

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Every degree program starts with a certificate. A certificate can be completed in one year or less, and every course builds into a degree.

This certificate-first approach...

  • allows you to build a customized degree program
  • provides you with marketable skills early-on in your degree-seeking process
  • helps you improve employment faster
  • increases your chances of completing a bachelor's degree

View Available Online Certificates

Associate

Associate Degree (60 credit hours)

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Associate degrees are made up of two certificates, plus general and religious education courses. And just like certificates, associate degrees build into a bachelor's degree.

View Available Online Associate Degrees

Bachelor's

Bachelor's Degree (120 credit hours)

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Bachelor's degrees are made up of three certificates, plus general and elective courses. These degrees may help you progress within your career and earn additional income.

In addition, courses taken as part of certificates and an associate degree count toward bachelor's degrees.

View Available Online Bachelor's Degrees

Make a plan

Through research, BYU-Pathway has found that certain combinations of certificates lead to better job opportunities. Find the recommended plan for your degree!

Questions
What if I have transfer credit? Do I still have to start with a certificate?
Your previous credits will likely transfer as elective credits, which still count toward your eventual bachelor’s degree. If you have previous credits that have a direct equivalent to a required certificate course, you likely won’t need to take that certificate course. If this is your situation, please contact Pathway Support once you’ve applied and been admitted.
How long does it take to complete a certificate program?
Certificates are 12-15 credits and can be completed in one year or less. Every course in a certificate builds directly into an associate and bachelor’s degree.
Will it take longer or cost more for me to get certificates?
No. Certificates are a more efficient, streamlined approach to obtaining a bachelor’s degree. All certificate courses count toward a bachelor’s degree.