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Graduate Certificates in Liberal Arts General Studies

218 Yearly Graduations
$70,100 Median Salary
$35,351 Median Debt
There are 58 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer a graduate certificate in liberal arts. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 33% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.3% of liberal arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Liberal Arts Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 218 students earned their graduate certificate in liberal arts. This makes it the 61st most popular graduate certificate program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in liberal arts at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 411,234
Undergraduate Certificate 78,686
Bachelor’s Degree 45,514
Basic Certificate 9,669
Master’s Degree 2,109
Graduate Certificate 218
Doctor’s Degree 109

Earnings of Liberal Arts Majors With Graduate Certificates

The median salary for graduates holding a graduate certificate in liberal arts is $70,100. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $59,325 and the high is $80,150.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding a graduate certificate in liberal arts is $35,351. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $39,812 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $30,116.

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The median monthly payment of a liberal arts graduate with a 10-year repayment plan is $412.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their graduate certificate in liberal arts. About 62.4% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 82
Women 136
Gender Diversity of Graduate Certificates in Liberal Arts

The racial-ethnic distribution of liberal arts graduate certificate students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 18
Black or African American 14
Hispanic or Latino 28
White 123
International Students 5
Other Races/Ethnicities 30
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Liberal Arts Graduate Certificate Students

There are 58 colleges that offer a graduate certificate in liberal arts. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
78 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northwestern University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for liberal arts majors who are seeking their graduate certificate. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

The liberal arts program at Northwestern University awarded 78 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 36% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

#2

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah
26 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Utah comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in liberal arts. Roughly 32,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,412 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,211 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 graduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at U of U. Around 31% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 58% were women.

21 Yearly Graduations
33% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Oklahoma Norman Campus is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in liberal arts. Each year, around 28,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,788 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,583 per year.

The liberal arts program at University of Oklahoma Norman Campus awarded 21 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 33% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

12 Yearly Graduations
83% Women

The 4th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Saint Joseph's College of Maine. Roughly 1,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $36,720 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,470 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 12 graduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Saint Joseph's Maine.

#5

California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
8 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

California State University - Los Angeles is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in liberal arts. Roughly 26,600 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

The liberal arts program at California State University - Los Angeles awarded 8 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 75% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 75% were women.

6 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

The 6th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is California State University - Sacramento. Each year, around 31,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 graduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Sac State.

6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Texas at Dallas comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in liberal arts. Each year, around 29,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,442 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,874 per year.

The liberal arts program at The University of Texas at Dallas awarded 6 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

6 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas A&M University - Kingsville is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in liberal arts. Each year, around 7,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,801 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,228 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 6 people received their graduate certificate in liberal arts from Texas A&M Kingsville. About 67% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Indiana University - Southeast

New Albany, Indiana
5 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
80% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Indiana University - Southeast. Roughly 4,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,895 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,264 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 graduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Indiana University - Southeast. Around 80% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 80% were women.

#9

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
5 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus comes in at #9 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in liberal arts. Each year, around 0 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $13,484 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,682 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 graduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Penn State World Campus. About 60% of this group were women, and 20% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts
5 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tufts University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in liberal arts. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,324 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $52,724 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 5 people received their graduate certificate in liberal arts from Tufts. Of these students, 100% were women and 20% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon
4 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oregon State University comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in liberal arts. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $9,846 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,933 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 graduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Oregon State. Around 25% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#12

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 12th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Portland State University. Roughly 25,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,462 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,718 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 4 graduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Portland State University. About 75% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#12

Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island
4 Yearly Graduations
75% Women

The 12th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Salve Regina University. Each year, around 2,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $40,750 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,890 per year.

The liberal arts program at Salve Regina University awarded 4 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year.

3 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for liberal arts majors who are seeking their graduate certificate is Southern Methodist University. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $50,200 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $40,896 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 people received their graduate certificate in liberal arts from SMU. Around 67% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 100% were women.

#15

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women

University of Iowa is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in liberal arts. Roughly 31,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $8,073 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,079 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 graduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at Iowa.

#15

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Florida is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in liberal arts. Each year, around 52,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $4,477 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $10,770 per year.

The liberal arts program at University of Florida awarded 3 graduate certificates during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 67% were women and 33% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

San Diego State University

San Diego, California
3 Yearly Graduations
67% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego State University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in liberal arts. Roughly 35,500 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,742 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $7,176 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 3 people received their graduate certificate in liberal arts from SDSU. About 67% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#19

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
2 Yearly Graduations
100% Women

Stony Brook University is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a graduate certificate in liberal arts. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $7,070 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $11,310 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 people received their graduate certificate in liberal arts from SUNY Stony Brook.

#19

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
2 Yearly Graduations
50% Women

University of Denver comes in at #19 on our list of the most popular colleges offering graduate certificates in liberal arts. Roughly 12,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $51,336 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $51,336 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 2 graduate certificates were handed out to liberal arts majors at DU.

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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