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Topics in Human Behavior Graduate Certificate

Understand human emotion, resilience, motivation, and bias.

  • Format

    Online and On Campus Options

  • Tuition


  • Courses


  • Next Start Term: Fall 2024

    Registration Opens July 22

What You'll Learn

  • Focus in an area of human behavior such as neuropsychology, clinical psychology, or developmental psychology
  • Understand human behavior through the lens of psychology with application to clinical, educational, business, or social settings
  • Use theories of human behavior to explore motivation, prejudice, emotion, personality, or illnesses
  • Gain insight into inter- and intra-personal thought processes and their effects on social behaviors
  • Understand evidence-based treatments for illnesses such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, or other psychiatric disorders
  • Explore emerging research in the application of psychology to creativity, resilience, political representation, and self-destructive behaviors.

Pre-Register for Fall 2024

Fall registration opens July 22 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Prepare early by:

  • Creating your MyDCE student account.
  • Completing the pre-registration steps.
  • Saving courses to your cart.

How to Pre-Register →

Certificate Courses

The liberal arts graduate certificate Topics in Human Behavior requires four courses. You may choose from the following course groups, using the certificate course search:

  • Foundations in Human Behavior (choose one course from select group)
  • Electives (choose three courses from select group)

Courses taken before the 2019–2020 academic year do not apply toward this certificate.

Prerequisite Experience

Prior introductory coursework in psychology is assumed. Students who do not have this background should start with PSYC 15 Introduction to Psychology. This course will not apply to the certificate but will prepare you for success in your certificate courses.

Note: This liberal arts certificate is not intended to prepare students for admittance to PhD programs.

Earning Your Certificate

Most of our certificates can be completed online and no formal application process is required to pursue a certificate.

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the four certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Stack Your Certificate Into a Degree

Stackable credential pathways allow you to earn multiple credentials by completing courses that meet overlapping requirements. In the short term, you can earn your human behavior certificate. Once completed, those four courses can count toward either a master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology or a master’s degree in psychology.

This stackable pathway offers an efficient, cost-effective way to earn short-term credentials to help fill immediate skill gaps and acquire specialized knowledge while building a foundation for long-term success that showcases your expertise in the field.

Learn how to plan a stackable credential pathway.

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To have access to such amazing professors and thought-provoking course content has truly been a gift.
Tom Holland
Topics in Human Behavior Graduate Certificate


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2024–25 rate) $3,340 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $13,360