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Undergraduate Certificate in Liberal Arts General Studies

78,686 Yearly Graduations
$24,300 Median Salary
$10,464 Median Debt
In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 55% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 2.9% of liberal arts graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Liberal Arts Majors

In 2018-2019, 78,686 undergraduate certificate were awarded to liberal arts majors. 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 Undergraduate Certificate

The median salary for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in liberal arts is $24,300. However, this can depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and the number of years experience you have.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $20,000 to a high of $28,750.


Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an undergraduate certificate in liberal arts is $10,464. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $13,719 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $8,312.


Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $108.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their undergraduate certificate in liberal arts. About 60.8% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 30,841
Women 47,845
Gender Diversity of Undergraduate Certificate in Liberal Arts

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7,030
Black or African American 5,237
Hispanic or Latino 26,911
White 31,424
International Students 2,295
Other Races/Ethnicities 5,789
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Liberal Arts Undergraduate Certificate Students


*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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