Upskill Certificate

Upskill Certificate
Upskill Certificate

About the Online Upskill Certificate

This 4-course, applied online program is designed to efficiently map Ivy League coursework to in-demand professional skill sets and support you as you progress toward your next career goal. The Upskill Certificate’s competitive advantage is its laser focus on career readiness backed with the timelessness of the liberal arts in an online work- and family-friendly format. You can also tailor your certificate to your ambition by choosing courses that complement your career goals—whether that entails enhancing your communication skills, understanding workplace dynamics, or mastering the foundations of data science.

This program is designed for anyone looking to upskill or reskill, including:

  • Graduates who are looking for ways to become more competitive in the job market
  • Individuals who have been recently laid off due to workforce reductions
  • Workers who are looking to revise or rebrand their skill set

The Upskill Certificate is a 4-course, 4 c.u.* credit program of study taught by University of Pennsylvania faculty. To earn a certificate, students complete any four of the courses indicated below. Students who complete the basic certificate may pursue an advanced certificate (6-course, 6 c.u.) by adding two additional eligible courses.

Penn LPS Online courses in the Upskill Certificate are offered on an accelerated (8-week) schedule, so the certificate can be completed in less than one year. Courses in the online certificate program are largely asynchronous with some synchronous sessions to be scheduled by the instructors. 

You have the option to enroll in individual courses without committing to the entire online certificate, enjoying the flexibility and expertise offered by Penn LPS Online to suit your schedule and interests. Visit the Cost of Attendance page for course tuition and fee rates.

Applications for the Upskill Certificate will be available this August. Sign up to receive more information about this certificate, including application availability, deadlines, and reminders.

Please note: Students completing the courses included in this certificate while enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree are awarded an Upskill Certificate upon completion of the degree. If you are enrolled in the BAAS program and don't complete the degree requirements to graduate, you are not eligible to receive this certificate.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

The Upskill Certificate can prepare you to:

  • Develop rhetorical strategies and skills to persuade specific audiences through verbal, visual, and written communication
  • Practice and apply critical thinking skills in the classroom and workplace
  • Explore competing schools of thought about leadership ethics
  • Learn how to use quantitative and qualitative data in decision-making and problem-solving
  • Use empathic and analytic skills to integrate and build upon other viewpoints and perspectives
  • Identify, develop, and apply distinctive leadership traits and skills
  • Learn how readers, writers, and designers use complex multimedia texts incorporating language, image, sound, and gesture to produce a coherent, engaging message
  • Understand how to make complex information accessible to audiences through effective visualization

Meet the Faculty

Larry Abbott
  • Lecturer in Critical Writing, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
Nick Bergan
  • Instructor
Michael Chiappini
  • Lecturer, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
Clayton Colmon, PhD
  • Associate Director of Instructional Design, Arts & Sciences Online Learning, University of Pennsylvania
Damien Crone
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Deborah Harrold
  • Senior Lecturer, Political Science and Liberal and Professional Studies
Helen Jeoung
  • Lecturer, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
Mel Kapadia
  • Lecturer, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
Stacy Kastner
  • Associate Director, Writing Center, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
Aurora MacRae-Crerar
  • Lecturer in Critical Writing, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
Elizabeth Matthew
  • Associate Director, Curriculum Development and Instruction, Penn LPS Online
Julia McWilliams
  • Lecturer in Critical Writing, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
  • Associated faculty, Urban Studies
Ali M. Rahman
  • Lecturer in Critical Writing, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
Valerie Ross
  • Faculty Director, Penn LPS Online Certificate in Professional Writing
  • Director, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing
Amrita V. Subramanian
  • Affiliated Faculty, Organizational Dynamics
Jordan Taylor
  • Lecturer, Marks Family Center for Excellence in Writing

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