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2021 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools in Florida

34 Schools Ranked
$54,076 Avg Student Debt

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools and bootcamps with offerings that you might find attractive.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools in Florida ranking. This report analyzed 34 schools in Florida to see which ones were the most popular graduate certificate programs for students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from each school on the list.

Learn more about these popular schools below:

#1

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
822 Total Awards
$12,737 Average Tuition & Fees

Our analysis found University of Florida to be the most popular school for students who want to pursue a graduate certificate in Florida. UF is located in Gainesville, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 822 graduate certificates to qualified students.

Of those students who received their degree, 67% were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at UF. In 2017-2018 about 29% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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210 Total Awards
$11,106 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 34 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s ranking, Florida International University landed the # 2 spot on the list. This large public school is located in Miami, Florida, and it awarded 210 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Around 70% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since FIU does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. In fact, around 45% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#3

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
172 Total Awards
$21,206 Average Tuition & Fees
$167,917 Avg Student Debt

The excellent graduate certificate programs at Nova Southeastern University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular schools in Florida. Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out graduate certificates to 172 students in 2018-2019.

On average, graduate certificate students take out $167,917 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 67% of those degree recipients were women.

You may have the opportunity to take online graduate classes at NUS Florida. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 49% took at least some of their classes online.

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#4

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
123 Total Awards
$6,693 Average Tuition & Fees
$32,375 Avg Student Debt

The excellent graduate certificate programs at Florida Atlantic University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular schools in Florida. Florida Atlantic University is a large public school located in Boca Raton, Florida that handed out 123 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

On average, graduate certificate students take out $32,375 in loans while pursuing their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 63% were women.

FAU does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 44% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#5

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
117 Total Awards
$38,908 Average Tuition & Fees

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means University of Miami is a great place for students working on their graduate certificate. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Coral Gables, Florida. It awarded 117 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 55% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at U Miami. During the 2017-2018 year, about 9% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#6

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida
89 Total Awards
$9,062 Average Tuition & Fees

The University of West Florida did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #6 on the list. Pensacola, Florida is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out graduate certificates to 89 students in 2018-2019.

Around 74% of those degree recipients were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since UWF does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 85% took at least some of their classes online.

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#7

St. Thomas University

Miami Gardens, Florida
71 Total Awards
$10,626 Average Tuition & Fees
$144,110 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #7, St. Thomas University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their graduate certificate. Miami Gardens, Florida is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out graduate certificates to 71 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their graduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $144,110 in student loans. Around 63% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at STU, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 47% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#8

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
50 Total Awards
$28,362 Average Tuition & Fees

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular graduate certificate programs. Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that handed out 50 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 40% were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. In fact, around 81% of the graduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#9

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
44 Total Awards
$11,553 Average Tuition & Fees
$37,468 Avg Student Debt

Florida State University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools in Florida ranking. This large public school is located in Tallahassee, Florida, and it awarded 44 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Graduate Certificate recipients from Florida State accumulate an average of $37,468 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Of those students who received their degree, 80% were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Florida State. During the 2017-2018 year, about 26% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#10

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida
41 Total Awards
$17,940 Average Tuition & Fees
$24,574 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #10, Full Sail University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their graduate certificate. Full Sail University is a large private for-profit school situated in Winter Park, Florida. It awarded 41 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

On average, graduate certificate students take out $24,574 in loans while pursuing their degree. Around 39% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at Full Sail University. In 2017-2018 about 74% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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#11

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida
29 Total Awards
$10,857 Average Tuition & Fees

University of North Florida did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #11 on the list. UNF is located in Jacksonville, Florida and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 29 graduate certificates to qualified students.

Of those students who received their degree, 79% were women.

One thing to take note of is that UNF does offer online graduate classes in some areas. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 52% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#12

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida
28 Total Awards
$22,588 Average Tuition & Fees

Florida Institute of Technology came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools in Florida ranking. Florida Institute of Technology is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Melbourne, Florida that handed out 28 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Around 32% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at Florida Tech. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 26% took at least some of their classes online.

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#13

Southeastern University

Lakeland, Florida
27 Total Awards
$13,430 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #13, Southeastern University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their graduate certificate. Located in Lakeland, Florida, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 27 graduate certificate awards in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 48% were women.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since SEU does offer online graduate classes for certain majors. During the 2017-2018 year, about 74% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#14

Barry University

Miami, Florida
24 Total Awards
$17,910 Average Tuition & Fees

Barry University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools in Florida ranking. Barry University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Miami, Florida. It awarded 24 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Around 83% of those degree recipients were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Barry University, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 11% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#15

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
23 Total Awards
$8,872 Average Tuition & Fees
$33,170 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #15, University of Central Florida did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their graduate certificate. Orlando, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out graduate certificates to 23 students in 2018-2019.

By the time they get their graduate certificate, students from this school have racked up an average of $33,170 in student loans. Around 87% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at UCF. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 46% took at least some of their classes online.

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15 Total Awards
$10,428 Average Tuition & Fees

University of South Florida - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for students to get a graduate certificate. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in Tampa, Florida, the large public school awarded 15 diplomas to qualifed graduate certificate students in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 93% were women.

USF Tampa does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. During the 2017-2018 year, about 37% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#16

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida
15 Total Awards
$11,546 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #16, The University of Tampa did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their graduate certificate. Located in Tampa, Florida, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 15 diplomas to qualifed graduate certificate students in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 80% were women.

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#18

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida
14 Total Awards
$13,420 Average Tuition & Fees

Lynn University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools in Florida ranking. Lynn University Fighting Knights is located in Boca Raton, Florida and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 14 graduate certificates to qualified students.

Of those students who received their degree, 50% were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Lynn University Fighting Knights, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 65% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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#19

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida
8 Total Awards
$14,706 Average Tuition & Fees
$36,612 Avg Student Debt

Jacksonville University landed the #19 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular graduate certificate programs. JU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Jacksonville, Florida. The school has a small population, and it awarded 8 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Graduate Certificate recipients from JU accumulate an average of $36,612 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 50% of those degree recipients were women.

JU does have options available for those who want to take online graduate classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 43% took at least some of their classes online.

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#20

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida
7 Total Awards
$7,296 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #20, Saint Leo University did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their graduate certificate. Saint Leo, Florida is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out graduate certificates to 7 students in 2018-2019.

Around 71% of those degree recipients were women.

Some students may be able to take online graduate classes at St. Leo University. In 2017-2018 about 79% of the graduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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4 Total Awards
$19,156 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #21, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their graduate certificate. Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Daytona Beach, Florida. It awarded 4 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 50% were women.

Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach does offer online graduate classes for certain degree levels. Of all the graduate students enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 4% took at least some of their classes online.

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#21

DeVry University - Florida

Miramar, Florida
4 Total Awards
$17,552 Average Tuition & Fees
$43,899 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #21, DeVry University - Florida did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their graduate certificate. Located in Miramar, Florida, the very small private for-profit school awarded 4 diplomas to qualifed graduate certificate students in 2018-2019.

Graduate Certificate recipients from DeVry University - Florida accumulate an average of $43,899 in student debt by the time they complete their degree. Around 50% of those degree recipients were women.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online graduate classes at DeVry University - Florida. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 85% of graduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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3 Total Awards
$23,100 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #23, Saint John Vianney College Seminary did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for students working on their graduate certificate. St. John Vianney College Seminary is located in Miami, Florida and has a very small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3 graduate certificates to qualified students.

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3 Total Awards
$18,230 Average Tuition & Fees

Adventist University of Health Sciences came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools in Florida ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Orlando, Florida, and it awarded 3 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 100% were women.

Online graduate courses are available at Florida Hospital College, but you will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your field of interest. During the 2017-2018 year, about 26% of the graduate students at the school took at least one online course.

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2 Total Awards
$16,128 Average Tuition & Fees

Florida Institute of Technology - Online came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools in Florida ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Melbourne, Florida, and it awarded 2 graduate certificates in 2018-2019.

Of those students who received their degree, 100% were women.

Interested in an online degree? Then you definitely want to check out Florida Institute of Technology - Online. Every graduate student at the school took at least one class online.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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