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Take advantage of your summer and earn a Summer Quarter Certificate designed especially for UW students. Earn a credential that will provide you with job-centered skills to complement your degree studies, and that looks great on a resume.

Each certificate program consists of a set of courses that allows you to explore a particular career-related subject area in a unified way. Summer certificates provide a smart alternative to an internship – they are generally taught by industry professionals and focus on hands-on learning in the classroom. You can investigate a particular career field to see if it's a good fit while you earn academic credit toward your general education requirements.

To enroll in a Summer Quarter Certificate, you must be a matriculated UW student.

To earn a Summer Quarter Certificate, you will:

  • Pay regular summer tuition
  • Take multiple courses worth a total of nine or more credits over nine weeks
  • Step outside your major and study a field that interests you for future work

Further details about Summer Quarter Certificates:

  • Summer quarter certificates are open for matriculated UW students only, including UW Bothell and UW Tacoma students
  • It is not possible to substitute a summer quarter certificate course with a course offered during the other quarters of the academic year and to still receive the certificate
  • A certificate is only awarded if all certificate courses are completed with a grade of 2.0 or higher or an "S" (the satisfactory completion is only given if a student has earned at least a 2.0)
  • It is possible to receive a certificate if courses are taken as S/NS courses if the equivalent numeric grade for each of the certificate courses was 2.0 or higher (please discuss with your advisor if taking a summer quarter certificate as "S/NS" is a viable option for you)

Click on the links below to view brief instructor videos and learn more about this year's Summer Certificates.

Business Essentials
Get a thorough grounding in the fundamental aspects of any business organization: marketing, management, accounting and finance. In three complementary courses you'll learn about customer markets, business models, people management, core business processes, financial basics, ethics and other topics. The program includes a capstone project in which you will author a business plan for a startup venture, product line or existing organization.

Database Management
Learn to help organizations capture, store, retrieve and analyze information in meaningful ways. The two courses that make up the certificate cover the fundamentals of database management technology, design, development and administration. Study the principles of database design and database administration, and learn how to perform data modeling and how to query a database using SQL.

Localization: Language and Technology for the Global Market
Build upon your existing foreign language skills by gaining a solid understanding of the important role that localization plays in today’s business world, especially as the technology industry continues to globalize at a rapid pace. Learn about all the factors that must be considered when making a software package or website available in another language, from understanding cultural norms and geopolitical issues to translating software strings, help files and user interfaces in a consistent manner to thinking about local time and date formats. Connect with instructors from the industry and guest speakers to learn firsthand the skills required of successful localization managers in business today.

Quantitative Fundamentals of Computational Finance
This certificate provides a comprehensive set of tools to support the study of quantitative finance, or to prepare for employment in the financial or investment industries. Students will master the mathematical, statistical and economic fundamentals necessary for advancement in various financial professions today, and they will develop a fundamental understanding of R programming via course instruction and utilization.

How Summer Quarter Certificates Work

Summer Quarter Certificates are open exclusively to UW matriculated undergraduates enrolled in Summer Quarter. UW graduate students can register on a space-available basis during period III. Go to MyUW and register for all courses that make up the certificate of your choice.

Once you have successfully completed all the certificate courses, they will appear on your transcript just like your other UW courses and count as regular credits. You will also receive a certificate in the mail from UW Professional and Continuing Education recognizing your successful completion of the program. You may list this certificate on your resume. (The certificate itself will not appear on your transcript.)

Note: These courses may not be eligible for financial aid. Please talk with your advisor about how the courses may or may not fulfill credit requirements or contact the UW Office of Student Financial Aid to review your individual situation.

Important Dates

Registration begins:
April 14, 2014

Summer Quarter:
June 23 – Aug 22, 2014

a term:
June 23 – July 23, 2014

b term:
July 24 – Aug 22, 2014

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