Not everyone needs or wants a complete degree program. Recognizing this, the DCIE - in cooperation with several other colleges and schools of the University - offers special Credit Certificate Programs.

Focusing on a single subject, these certificate programs allow students to concentrate on courses that offer the specific knowledge and skills needed for career advancement. All courses are taught by University of Miami faculty at the undergraduate level and are taken for academic credit.

Each certificate program varies in the number of required credits. While required courses are noted, students may work with an advisor in developing an individually-designed program.

Credit certificate programs are currently available in the following subject areas:

Certificate in Accounting
The Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting is awarded by the Division of Continuing and International Education and the Department of Accounting. It is designed for those who hold at least an undergraduate degree (preferably in business) from an accredited college or university, and whose present interest or occupation is accounting. The program requires students to take the same 24 semester hours of accounting courses required for the undergraduate major in Accounting.  To sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Florida, students must have completed 120 semester hours, including 24 semester hours of accounting (above the elementary level) and 24 semester hours of business courses, including a minimum of six hours of business law.  There are additional educational requirements to become licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Florida.  Students may wish to consider either the Graduate Certificate in Accounting or the Graduate Certificate in Taxation (offered by the School of Business) to meet those additional education requirements.

Certificate in Computer Information Systems
The Certificate in Computer Information Systems program is designed to provide a broad background in business computer information systems and to develop the technical skills one needs to stay competitive in this challenging field. The program will be of particular benefit to programmers and to management information systems analysts. The certificate is awarded by the DCIE and the Department of Computer Information Systems upon the successful completion of 18 credits.

For more information, contact: Collegiate Studies, DCIE, University of Miami, P. O. Box 248005, Coral Gables, FL 33124-1610, (305) 284-2727.


Dedicated to providing the highest quality, competency-based, continuing professional education, the Office of Professional Advancement offers seminars, courses and certificate programs to meet the training and professional development needs of both corporations and individuals.

For more information, specific curriculum descriptions and a listing of current seminars, courses and workshops, contact the Office of Professional Advancement, DCIE, University of Miami, 111 Allen Hall, Coral Gables, Florida 33124-1610, (305) 284-5800 or email Additional information on the web at:

Personal Financial Planning Certificate Program

Designed for students preparing for professional examinations and professional practice in personal financial planning.

Our program consists of providing the highest quality CFP education through Dalton Education, a leading provider of innovative education solutions in financial planning. The founders of Dalton Education have helped thousands of financial professionals earn the CFP® certification marks with their leading CFP review course, THE DALTON REVIEW®. Students can choose from an independent, self-paced, online education program or a live, instructor – led, internet delivered program.

For more detailed course descriptions, current schedule, and prices please visit our website at

Human Resources Management Certificate Program

This certificate provides the latest in proven techniques and strategies to effectively manage organizational challenges.  The curriculum covers the following topics: Strategic Management, Legal and Regulatory Issues; Employment, Planning, and Placement; Benefits and Compensations: Development and Administration; Training and Development and Employee and Labor Relations. The HR Program is recognized by the Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management. The comprehensive curriculum works for the newcomer as well as the seasoned professional and is especially useful to small and medium-size business owners. (6 months)

For more detailed course descriptions, current schedule, and prices please visit our website at

Alfus Patient Advocacy

This program offers a comprehensive curriculum geared to educate students in the complex field of the US healthcare system. Patient advocates strive to maintain high individual services for clients in a system that is frequently impersonal and intimidating. Classes are taught by industry leaders. The program is offered online in cohorts of 9 modules for a period of approximately 11 months. Upon completion, students are prepared to successfully enter this promising new field.

For detailed course descriptions, calendar and tuition cost, please visit our website at
Paralegal Studies Certificate program

The UM Paralegal Studies program is an intense four-month course of study which certifies the successful student as a qualified professional ready to start an exciting new career as a paralegal. Classes are taught by prominent local attorneys, Judges and Magistrates. The Paralegal Program classes are offered on the weekends, weekdays or weekday evenings at the Coral Gables campus and on weekday evenings in Broward. This program is also available online in both English and Spanish. (4 months)

For more detailed course descriptions, current schedule, and prices please visit our website at

Paralegal Specialist Certificate
The Paralegal Specialist Certificates provide both beginning and experienced paralegals with expansive educational and professional opportunities. The certificate programs allow paralegals to augment current skills and focus on virtually any area of the law. Choose from over 20 Paralegal Specialist Certificates and give yourself an edge in today’s competitive job market. All specialist courses are available online so students are able to enroll at any time. (6 months)

For more detailed course descriptions, current schedule, and prices please visit our website at

Coaching Certificate Training Program

This Coach Certificate Training Program is designed to support you in becoming a professional coach or in using coaching skills to enhance your leadership, management, and/or communication skills. This program has been written by master coaches and aligns with the International Coach Federation (ICF) Core Coaching Competencies. The University of Miami has designed a thorough program that will allow you to make a powerful leap into using coaching skills and becoming a professional coach.  The Certified Professional Coach Program is a 140 hour, eleven month program designed for those interested in a career in coaching, who also want outstanding training in order to serve clients at the highest level. Additionally, it is designed for leaders, managers, human resource professionals, teachers, or service professionals (doctors, lawyers, counselors, consultants, etc.) who want to dramatically improve their ability to communicate, motivate, inspire, and empower others.

For more detailed course descriptions, current schedule, and prices please visit our website at

Residential Design Certificate Program
Taught by industry professionals, our Certificate in Residential Design program focuses on the many different aspects of the design trade. A hands-on program, students will prepare a portfolio of their work to help them to successfully enter a competitive marketplace. The course of study includes principles and elements of design, drafting, visual communication techniques, the history of styles, currently manufactured products, color theory, furniture design and construction, floor coverings, fabrics, and window treatments.