Stackable Credentials

Gain Job-Ready Skills

Our graduate certificates deliver job-ready skills and practical experience.

One Application Fee

Apply to multiple related programs without paying additional application fees.

Enhance Your Résumé

Add valuable credentials to your résumé before you finish your degree program.

Earn a Penn State Degree with Stackable Credentials

Penn State World Campus understands the importance of your career goals. That’s why our stackable credentials help you strengthen your résumé with graduate certificates recognizing the new skills and knowledge you’ve gained while pursuing your master’s degree. Some certificates can even be earned in less than a year.

You can earn one or more graduate certificates while working toward your Penn State master's degree. Whether you apply to the master's program first or start with a certificate, you'll only need to pay one application fee for all stackable credentials.

Please note: You must apply and be accepted to each program individually.

Stackable Credential Programs

The following degree programs offer stackable credentials and may be eligible for application fee waivers:

This 33-credit artificial intelligence master's degree will help you gain the skills and knowledge needed to develop intelligent systems and explore new frontiers in artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, reinforcement learning, and computer vision. Learn more about artificial intelligence

Cultivate the knowledge and practical skills required to collect, classify, analyze, and model data at large and ultra-large scales and across domains using statistics, computer science, machine learning, and software engineering with this online data analytics master's degree program. Learn more about Data Analytics

Build your technical leadership skills in this cohort-based online master's degree program that encourages collaborative learning and peer teamwork as you explore engineering management with world-class Penn State faculty. LEARN MORe about Engineering Management

This online master’s in human resources and employment relations can help you develop strategic programs and policies that align with your organization’s business goals. Build expertise in people and culture, diversity and inclusion, talent management, ethical decision-making, and employment law. LEARN MORe about Human Resources and EMployment Relations

This online information science master’s degree program can prepare you to face evolving IT challenges, including integration, security, and data analysis. You’ll also explore developing state-of-the-art IT applications and managing IT staff and projects to ensure business continuity. Learn more about Information Science

The online psychology of leadership master's degree program is intended for working professionals seeking advanced education in leadership. You can learn how to apply psychological theories and research to solve practical leadership problems in organizations. Learn more about psychology of Leadership

Learn cutting-edge approaches to creating, maintaining, and improving software systems. This cohort-based online master's program mimics the remote-workplace environment often found in the global marketplace. LEARN MORe about software engineering

Collaborate with your peers as you learn to identify, analyze, and manage complex systems and processes. This cohort-based online master's degree program encourages systems engineering students to build ties and gain perspectives from their peers in other disciplines. LEARN MORe about systems engineering

Take advantage of all the great opportunities that the World Campus has to offer. There’s no longer a reason for you to miss out on the education you always wanted. Not only are the teachers extremely helpful and encouraging; they’re experts in their field.
— Rick Coon, Undergraduate Certificate in Weather Forecasting