In June 2016, we launched our Diplomas program, in which students can earn digital diplomas in addition to course certificates for completing specific course pathways.
Through our Certificate Programs, students can earn digital certificates that represent many courses rather than just one.
Like our course certificates, these are issued through our partner Accredible and can be freely shared, printed, displayed on social networks, etc.
Four programs are available, including the Business Administration Curriculum, the Computer Science Curriculum, the General Education Curriculum, and the Customer Service Specialization.
How do I start a program? How will I earn my certificate?
To get started, you just need to begin any of the courses. You will earn a certificate for each course you pass. When you have passed all the required coursework, the certificate for the whole program will automatically be issued to you. It may take about 24 to 48 hours to appear; if you have not received it by then, let us know. You can keep track of all your course certificates through your Accredible dashboard as well as through your Saylor Academy account.
Will other programs be available?
We hope to add additional programs. We welcome your ideas -- tell us what programs of courses would be valuable to you.
Why certificates for programs as well as for courses?
A single certificate is much more convenient to share or list on a resume/c.v. than many course certificates. You can certainly add course certificates as evidence items to your diploma, however, which will allow you to show how much work went into earning the diploma. Diplomas also represent a well-defined goal that can help students stay motivated while accomplishing a great deal.
Are these degrees?
No; Saylor Academy does not issue degrees. Most of our courses, however, are designed to be equivalent to one-semester undergraduate college courses, so larger programs will represent the knowledge equivalent of a substantial portion of a bachelor's degree.