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Many Professional and Academic Diplomas

We have a lot of diplomas, courses and professional and academic courses that qualify the student for more success

or the opportunity to get a job or help in completing the study Contact us

and inquire about the possibility of obtaining diplomas in artificial intelligence and many other disciplines

What Is the Difference Between a Certificate, Diploma and Degree?
Certificates, diplomas, and degrees differ in the time it takes to earn each as well as the credits required in order to graduate. Each of these academic achievements are suitable for certain specific fields or career goals.

Diploma and certificate programs taken alone are similar to associate's degree programs. However, they take less time because general education courses are not required. A degree program differs from certificates and diploma programs in that it often requires the student to take general education courses to support a more rounded education. For instance, at many universities, those earning their bachelor's degree are required to take English, math, science, philosophy and history.

Certificate Programs
A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees. For instance, there are certificates in business, literature and technical fields. In some technical programs, a certificate may be required.

There are also graduate certificates, often taken either alone or alongside a graduate degree program. In some programs, the student may use his or her electives to fulfill a certificate in order to make him or herself more desirable to a potential employer.

Diploma Programs
Diplomas are similar to certificates, and they're often awarded through community or technical schools. For instance, a diploma of nursing is offered as an alternative to an associate's degree or bachelor's degree. This diploma program is only offered at hospitals with specialty programs that provide training.

Degree Programs
An academic degree can be earned at many levels, including the associate's (two years); bachelor's (four years); master's (two years beyond a bachelor's degree); and doctoral, which is several years beyond a master's degree.

Earning a degree also opens up more potential doors to a student than a certificate or diploma. Many careers require that the applicant has earned at least a bachelor's degree; several career options require more than this.

Diplomas are offered in a number of various fields. Have a look at some of the most popular diplomas below!

  • Diplomas Business Studies
  • Diplomas Technology Studies
  • Diplomas Design Studies
  • Diplomas Management Studies
  • Diplomas Art Studies
  • Diplomas Economic Studies
  • Diplomas Tourism and Hospitality
  • Diplomas Food and Beverage Studies
  • Diplomas Computer Science
  • Diplomas Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Diplomas Engineering Studies
  • Diplomas Administration Studies
  • Diplomas Business
  • Diplomas Information Technology

Business Studies
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  • Business Management (28)
  • Business Administration (31)
Technology Studies
  • Computer Science (50)
  • Information Technology (46)
  • Information Systems (9)
Design Studies
  • Graphic Design (36)
  • Interior Design (23)
  • Digital Design (17)
Management Studies
  • Leadership (38)
  • Management (42)
  • Supply Chain Management (15)
Art Studies
  • Computer Arts (46)
  • Fine Arts (22)
  • Arts (13)
Economic Studies
  • Accounting (39)
  • Finance (41)
  • Accountancy (7)
Tourism and Hospitality
  • Hospitality (45)
  • Tourism (27)
  • Hotel Management (19)
Food and Beverage Studies
  • Culinary Arts (35)
  • Food and Beverage Business (13)
  • Professional Cooking (7)
Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Media (26)
  • Film Studies (29)
  • Communication (15)
Engineering Studies
  • Civil Engineering (11)
  • Mechanical Engineering (8)
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Apply for the certificate and be accepted straight away: you won’t have to demonstrate prior learning, or answer detailed admissions questions.

We recommend that you have a good command of English, so you can benefit from the course content.

If you’re taking an advanced certificate, you should already have some general business knowledge.

Apply for the course and be accepted straight away: you won’t have to demonstrate prior learning, or answer detailed admissions questions.

We recommend that you have a good command of English, so you can benefit from the course content.

If you’re taking an advanced course, you should already have some general business knowledge.

What is a Diploma?

A diploma is a higher education program that provides advanced knowledge and practical skills learning in a specific career field. Diploma programs usually last for one- to two years. Community colleges, technical schools and some universities offer diploma programs for a diverse range of students. Working professionals returning to post-secondary education may want to pursue a diploma to enhance their career prospects.  Recent secondary school graduates may choose a diploma as their ticket to an entry-level position in their field, or as a smooth transition into continued higher education study.

What are the benefits of taking a Diploma?

There are a number of distinct benefits to obtaining a diploma. Employers seek out diploma-holders for their demonstrated knowledge and understanding of their field. Students can decide during the course of the diploma program if they would prefer to start working right away upon graduation, or if they would like to try and transfer the credits they earn in a diploma program to a longer-term degree.

What do we study in a Diploma?

There are diploma programs in most academic fields across all disciplines, from the Arts to Business, the Humanities to Technology, the Natural Sciences to Social Sciences and more. Within the discipline, there are highly specific diploma programs, designed to prepare the student for a job in that field. For example, one may choose to get a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, an International Advanced Diploma in Business Management or a Two-Year Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management. There are different types of diplomas – diploma, advanced diploma, graduate diploma and postgraduate diploma. The difference has to do with the pre-requisites for study.

What kind of career improvement can you expect with a Diploma?

Graduates from diploma programs can expect to see their career prospects improve almost immediately. This is because employers recognize that graduates with a diploma are more professionally familiar with the key skills, knowledge and ideas that are critical to that industry. Even students with many years of experience in their field can benefit from a diploma, as it proves that the holder is familiar with the most up-to-date methods and techniques in their field.

How much does it cost to take a Diploma?

The cost of obtaining a diploma will vary widely from one school to the other, and depending on the program. Diplomas also vary in their duration, which can also contribute to differences in tuition cost. It is helpful to check with the school offering the diploma program of interest to get more information about the price of diploma study. The school may also be able to provide information about financial assistance, if available. It is possible to contact the school of choice directly using the web form on the program page on this website.

Why take a Diploma program Online?

Ideally suited to those who are working full time, have other scheduling commitments or area living far away from the campus where they wish to obtain their diploma, online diploma programs are an excellent option. Using e-learning technology, students will follow a planned curriculum to study for their diploma online. Teachers can communicate more directly with their students, and also encourage class discussions using forums. After passing a diploma program online, graduates are awarded with the same degree as on-campus or full-time diploma students.

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Apply any time you want. Complete the online application, upload the supporting documents or email them and pay the one-off fee of $55 – via credit or debit card. Take advantage of our free official evaluation of your international transcripts and diplomas, saving you up to $200+ plus delivery fees, based on competitive international evaluation agency rates. Also benefit with our in-house translation service for your transcripts and diplomas at no cost.

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At this stage, you have the option to take a free online self-assessment — the Diagnostic Assessment and Achievement of College Skills (DAACS) during your application. DAACS helps you self-assess important areas, such as your level of comfort with an online environment and your English language communication skills — all essential skills for your success.

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Once you've completed these steps, you'll be ready to start MSU Orientation. Orientation is designed to help you:
  • Learn about MSU online learning environment, where you'll take academic courses, view your records, and make tuition payments
  • Discover MSU academic programs, including advice on choosing the right academic path for you
  • Understand our academic and code of conduct policies
  • Find out about the different kinds of support resources, from faculty course-based advising to your dedicated Success Advisor.

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