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Humboldt State University was established in 1913.

Degree & Certificate Programs


Online MA in Applied Anthropology

The Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology at Humboldt State University is an innovative limited-residency program designed train students as competitive, skilled practitioners ready for in-demand careers in today’s public and private sector job market. The program begins with a 5-week summer institute on the HSU campus where students receive hands-on methods training specific to their field of interest in applied archaeology, biological anthropology, or cultural anthropology. Students then complete 30 units of the program via distance learning either over three full-time or six flexible part-time semesters. LEARN MORE...

Leadership Studies: Online Interdisciplinary Degree Completion Program

An innovative degree completion program (BA in Interdiscliplinary Studies with an option in Leadership Studies) designed specifically for aspiring leaders. This program was developed in collaboration with business and public sector executives. Seasoned professionals will lead you through a practical curriculum designed to help you discover, develop and practice your leadership capabilities, knowledge and skills. See the Leadership Studies website for details.

Social Work Online MSW

Designed for professionals already working in the mental health field field, this program offers a way to earn an MSW online at Humboldt State University. For details, see the Social Work Online website.


Ecology & Sustainable Tourism Planning & Management Certificate Program

Learn about global and national trends in tourism, principles of ecology-based tourism, the role of Ecology & Sustainable Tourism in community development, sustainable architectural and site designs and much more. Composed of three ONLINE courses equivalent to an optional 10 units of academic credit, this program may be completed in only one year. LEARN MORE...

Exercise Nutrition Certificate Program

This ONLINE program is for students and working professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of the complex relationship between nutrition and exercise. To earn this certificate, students must complete four 3-unit classes, for a total of 12 units. All courses are offered online, beginning each fall and completed by the end of the following summer, and must be taken in sequence. LEARN MORE...

Faculty Preparation Program: Teaching in Higher Education Certificate

Do you wish to pursue teaching in community colleges and universities, or enhance your teaching career? This series of ONLINE courses introduces prospective and current faculty to the roles and responsibilities of teaching in higher education and specifically addresses teaching, learning and technology issues in the college classroom. This is a two-semester, 12-unit ONLINE certificate program. LEARN MORE...

Institutional Research Graduate Certificate

This ONLINE interdisciplinary 18-unit certificate program provides an introduction to the field of institutional research and is designed for those pursuing as well as starting a career in institutional research. The program is also for students and entry-level career professionals interested in exploring the discipline of institutional research. Three online courses are included in the Certificate:

  • PSYC 550: Introduction to Institutional Research
    Overview of the field of institutional research, planning and assessment and data analysis
  • PSYC 551: Applied Research in Higher Education
    Quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyze institutional databases and assess university outcomes
  • PSYC 552: Diversity Research in Institutional Research
    Primary research in a university/institutional setting with required Institutional Review Board procedures, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical tools

The Certificate Program also includes three units of internship in an Institutional Research Office. LEARN MORE...


Adobe Creative Suite Certificate of Completion

Earn this certificate upon completion of three classes: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, plus either Adobe InDesign or Adobe Dreamweaver. LEARN MORE...

Fundraising Certificate

"New Designs in Fundraising" is an affordable ONLINE certificate program offering a practical education for nonprofit organizations, development departments and individuals interested in creating or strengthening fundraising efforts. The courses will help participants develop a more comprehensive view of nonprofit fundraising, explore principles of fundraising, case statements, fundraising strategies, donor development and engagement, annual campaigns, major gift campaigns and special events. A certificate will be awarded with completion of the program's four courses. LEARN MORE...

Legal Secretary Online Certificate Courses

The College of eLearning & Extended Education has teamed up with the Center for Legal Studies (CLS) to offer an ONLINE Legal Secretary Certificate Course. LEARN MORE...


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