Graduate Online Summer Certificates and Badges

2020 Online Offerings

As a working professional, you can enhance your marketability and credentials through our Graduate Online Summer Certificate & Badge offerings:

  • advance your skills in a particular subject area
  • gain knowledge and training that you can immediately apply on the job
  • stay current with the latest technologies and best practices.

If you are a degree-seeking graduate student at FDU, these certificate programs can help you accelerate your studies and lighten your course load. Graduate summer credits cost only 50% of published credit hour rates after registering for the first three credits at the regular rate.


Visiting and Non-FDU Students

For help in registering for a graduate certificate program or class, email the Office of Graduate Admissions or call 201-692-2554 (Metropolitan Campus) or 973-443-8905 (Florham Campus).

Current FDU Graduate Students

International Students

Currently enrolled FDU international students should email or visit the Office of International Student Services for assistance in planning and registering for summer classes or call 201-692-2743 (Metropolitan Campus) or 973-443-8672 (Florham Campus).

Prospective FDU international students should email or visit the Office of International Student Admissions for assistance or call 201-692-2743 (Metropolitan Campus) or 973-443-8672 (Florham Campus).

Biotechnology Certificates and Badges

Biotechnology harnesses the power of living organisms and cell processes to solve problems, make innovative products and improve lives. It’s a dynamic field with diverse applications and career paths.

This 12-credit, four course program provides a thorough foundation in molecular and cellular biology leads to a certificate of completion. Students also can take two courses (6 credits) to earn a specialized badge in either biotechnology or molecular biotechnology.

As a student in FDU’s master’s-level biotechnology certificate program, you will:

  • Work with faculty performing advanced biotechnology research
  • Learn about the latest developments in genetics, immunology, microbiology, cell physiology, recombinant DNA techniques, and cell and tissue culture
  • Gain biotech laboratory and research skills including mega data analysis, molecular biology, gene regulation and protein expression, and DNA cloning
  • Develop skills needed in the fast-growing biotechnology industry
  • Earn graduate credits that can be applied toward FDU’s MS in Biology, MS in Biology/Biotechnology concentration, and BS/MS Biology/Biotechnology concentration programs

Who Should Enroll

  • Recent college graduates looking to boost their academic credentials while preparing for graduate school or to enter the workforce
  • Current FDU graduate students in biology or biotechnology interested in fast-tracking their studies
  • Scientists seeking to update technical skills in molecular biology, protein technology, or bioinformatics
  • Business professionals who want to learn about the latest developments in biotechnology

Program Details

Dates: Session I: May 18 to June 27 and Summer III: June 29 to Aug 8

Course Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

Tuition: Graduate summer credits cost only 50% of published credit hour rates after registering for the first three credits at the regular rate.

Program Options

  • Certificate in Biotechnology (12 credits)
  • Specialized Badges
  • Biotechnology: Bioinformatics and Immunology (6 credits)
  • Molecular Biotechnology: Concepts and Applications (6 credits)

All four of the following 3-credit courses and 0-credit labs are required to complete FDU’s 12-credit Biotechnology Certificate of Completion. Students can also opt to take only two courses to earn a specialized badge in Biotechnology or Molecular Biotechnology. (Note: For classes that include a lab, be sure to register for both the course and the lab, which feature different course numbers.)

BIOL5306 Immunology [Course required for the Biotechnology Badge] (3 credits) 

Study of the structure and function of the molecular and cellular components of the immune system, genetic bases of immune responses, normal and pathological responses, tumor immunology, transplantation, and immunological techniques. Open to qualified undergraduates with permission of instructor or advisor. May 18 to June 27

BIOL6743 Topics in Bioinformatics and Lab [Course required for the Biotechnology Badge] (3 credits) 

Current biological research using mega amounts of data provided by microarrays, crystallographic, sequencing and other techniques. Topics explore such data and some of the analysis methods available on-line focusing primarily on the DNA chips used for transcriptional profiling. May 18 to June 27

BIOL6744 Lab (0 credits): Experiments illustrating the areas discussed in Topics in Bioinformatics. May 18 to June 27

BIOL6720 Molecular Biotechnology [Course required for the Molecular Biotechnology Badge] (3 credits)  

Purification of DNA. Manipulation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic DNA. Vectors, cloning, gene expression and in vitro mutagenesis. Production of proteins from cloned genes. Applications of recombinant DNA technology in basic research, medicine, agriculture and industry. June 29 to August 8

BIOL6747 Biotechniques and Lab (3 credits)     

Current biotechnology techniques, including DNA cloning, gene regulation and protein expression/activity, using in-vitro models such as prokaryotic, and eukaryotic cells or tissue-equivalents.  June 29 to August 8

BIOL6748 Lab (0 credits): Experiments illustrating the topics discussed in Biotechniques. June 29 to August 8



Introduction to Public Administration Certificate

Program Overview

Bridging theory and practice, these courses offer the opportunity to develop your strategic competencies in identifying and addressing public policy problems and implementing policies and programs. These courses provide a ‘starter pack’ for government and nonprofit professionals who want to strengthen their skills and knowledge as well as recent college graduates interested in public service as a career option —  who also want to earn college credits toward FDU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

By successfully completing one foundation course (3 credits) and one specialty course (3 credits), you will earn 6 college credits to be applied toward the degree when you enroll in FDU’s MPA program.

Who Should Enroll

Working professionals in public service, career changers, and recent college graduates interested in pursuing the Master of Public Administration degree at FDU.

Program Details

Dates: May 18-July 31

Course Requirement: Bachelor’s degree

Tuition: Graduate summer credits cost only 50% of published credit hour rates after registering for the first three credits at the regular rate

Questions? Email or call 201.692.2741

Foundation Courses (Choose one)

PADM 6606.81D Analytic Decision-Making (3 credits)

The course provides an overview of the decision-making tools employed in program management and evaluation. The course begins with an overview of the principles of research design focusing on the basic methods of problem diagnosis and measurement (interviews, surveys, focus groups, archival analysis). The second part of the course emphasizes the principles and tools of program evaluation. The course develops the analytical and critical thinking skills of students to solve common management problems. Mondays, May 18 to July 20, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

PADM 6604.81 Human Resources Management  (3 credits)

This course presents students with an overview of the tools and techniques of human resources management and the major personnel policy issues. The course emphasizes the application of specific knowledge, skills and abilities to solve management problems. Topics covered include recruitment, examination, job classification, salary and wage administration, performance management, employee development, supervision, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.   Mondays, May 18 to July 11 (fully online and asynchronous)

PADM 6601.81B Organizational Theory (3 credits)

An analysis of the role of organizational theory, discussion of the major orientations in explaining organizational and administrative activities and their impact upon those who work within or are affected by organizational action.   Thursdays, May 21 to July 30, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Specialty Courses (Choose one)

PADM 7732.81 Health Finance/Control Systems (3 credits)

This course focuses on the unique characteristics of the health care marketplace in relation to the challenge of financing care and controlling utilization at both the macro and micro levels of the delivery system. Topics include prospective rate-setting and reimbursement systems, capital financing, regulatory processes and utilization management techniques.  Wednesdays, May 20 to July 29, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

PADM 7791.81 Global Health Issues (3 credits)

The course will study the effects of globalization on contemporary health care, especially in the public sector. Worldwide health organizations (WHO,NGO) in particular will be discussed and analyzed.   Mondays, May 18 to July 31 (fully online and asynchronous)

PADM 7753.81 Issues in Security & Transport Systems (3 credits)

The course is a study of the aspects of security as they relate to the various components of modern international transportation systems. Issues of security and transportation administration in the 21st century will be emphasized, along with national and international governmental policies and responses.  Thursdays, May 21 to July 30, from 5 to 7:25 p.m.


Public Health Communication and Leadership Certificate 

Project Overview

There has never been a greater need for effective public health communicators than in today’s pandemic environment. Being able to communicate health-related issues clearly is critical to maintaining the health and wellbeing of people in our communities. Health communication professionals play a vital role in informing and influencing people’s health-related behaviors and decisions.

This 12-credit certificate program consists of four courses — all focused on providing you with a solid foundation in public health, communication and public relations, along with the fundamental skills needed to become a leader in public health. In addition, the academic credits earned through the certificate program provide a fast track into FDU’s Master of Public Health (MPH) or Master of Arts in Communication Studies, which can be completed in as little as 16 months.

Who Should Enroll

Whether you’re a public health worker, health care professional, or a journalist, learning how to deliver health-related information quickly and accurately is an important skill that will enhance your career.

Program Details

Dates: Session I: May 18 to June 27; Session II: June 8 to July 18; and Session III: June 29 to Aug 8

Course Requirements: Bachelor’s degree

Tuition: Graduate summer credits cost only 50% of published credit hour rates after registering for the first three credits at the regular rate. 

Completion of all four courses leads to FDU’s 12-credit Certificate in Public Health Communication and Leadership.

PUBH6001 Foundations and Issues of Public Health  (3 credits)

This introductory course guides students through the history, philosophy, scientific and ethical issues, and practice of public health. It provides a broad overview of the core disciplines, function, infrastructure, and essential services in public health. Students will explore how the principles and practices of public health are applied in the local, state, national, and global context. May 18 to June 27

MCOM7103 Language and Communication  (3 credits)

The course provides a brief history of the study and use of the English language and introduces students to theories of and research on language and communication, including semiotics, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and conversation analysis. Students will apply these approaches to the analysis of language use and communication in everyday and professional contexts, with a focus on patient-provider interaction.  June 8 to July 18

PUBH6101  Public Health Leadership 101 (3 credits)

The course introduces students to major theories and concepts of leadership, and ways of applying those to public health issues and contexts. Students will explore models of leadership within current public health contexts at the individual, team, organizational, and community levels with an emphasis on case studies and real-world analysis. The course focuses on leadership skills and planning for each student’s on-going development as a leader in health care. June 29 to August 8

MCOM7201 Public Relations in the Modern Organization  (3 credits)

Organizations must be proactive and reactive in their public relations practices. This course focuses on the public relations theories, strategies, and techniques used by organizations with a close examination of the public they serve. Specific health organizations and cases will be closely examined. June 29 to August 8