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Technology Certificate

Get more attention on your resume with employable technical skills that are highly desirable in your field. A Technology certificate from the University of Central Missouri tells future employers that you have the practical knowledge needed to excel in your job.

This undergraduate certificate can be added to a related major with no extra credit hours — just take courses that count toward both your primary major and this certificate. Alternatively, prepare yourself for faster employment by earning the certificate by itself.

Gain the technical skills employers are looking for

You can earn this undergraduate certificate in one of the following areas of concentration:

  • Design and Drafting Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Fashion

For each of these areas of concentration, UCM offers career-focused courses to choose from, each covering skills the state of Missouri has deemed to be high-demand areas of occupational preparation.

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5 career-focused concentrations

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In-person, online or hybrid courses

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Complete your certificate in 1 year

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Add to an existing major or take alone

What you will study

When you decide to pursue a Technology certificate from UCM, you’ll work with a faculty advisor to determine what courses you will take to earn it. Combine core classes and electives in your area of concentration for a specialized certificate focused on career preparation.

All together, this undergraduate certificate is expected to take only one year to complete, giving you plenty of time to fit it in while pursuing a four-year degree.


Excellence in Technology

  • Most Popular College for Drafting and Design Engineering Technology (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value College for Engineering Technology (College Factual, 2022)
  • Our ABET-accredited program makes the University of Central Missouri one of the best schools for mechanical engineering technology
  • Top 15%: Best Value College for Computer and Information Sciences (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value College for Fashion Merchandising (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in technology

Gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge technologies that you’ll use every day in your career. Some of the technologies Technology certificate students master include — but certainly aren’t limited to — are: 

  • The Adobe Creative Suite, necessary for almost all design-related jobs
  • Computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) software, which is essential in many fields of engineering and other 3D design applications
  • Building information modeling (BIM) software, so graduates develop skills that can be applied to architecture or engineering roles
  • Fashion-related avatars and other virtual fashion design tools to help students pursuing textile merchandising gain extra career skills
  • Industrial sewing machine operation for students who plan to take on more hands-on roles in the textile industry


What can you do with an undergraduate certificate in Technology from UCM?

Your UCM Technology certificate will make you more attractive to employers, whatever your chosen field may be. 

Show engineering or architecture firms that you have a leg up on other candidates when it comes to CADD and similar design technologies, or demonstrate an especially deep understanding of networking technologies to employers in the IT industry. Fashion specialists will be able to operate advanced sewing machines their first day on the job, while automotive and construction specialists will be ready to take on leadership positions in their trades.

See how a Technology certificate can propel your career forward

Use the interactive tool below to explore how a Technology certificate can help students land competitive jobs.




Financial assistance options for your Technology certificate

At the University of Central Missouri, we make affording an education easier with a generous financial aid program, which grants 94% of undergraduates some form of financial aid. In fact, LendEDU ranks UCM as a top university for low student debt. You can add a Technology certificate to a four-year degree within the School of Industrial Sciences and Technology only at no extra cost. 

Beyond financial aid, UCM offers many scholarships for degree-seeking students, including program-specific ones appropriate for your major. You can find these scholarships on UCM’s Scholarship Finder or the program page for the major you’re pursuing.


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