Graduate Certificate in Counseling Skills
Golden Gate University

Program Details

Golden Gate University offers an online Graduate Certificate in Counseling Skills to the nontraditional student.  This is a customizable program, and students may develop a curriculum best in-line with unique professional tracks.  Students may earn this certificate independently, or combine it with other degree programs.

Enhance your skills in working with people, including communication, evaluation, analysis, and more.  While this program does not prepare students for licensure, it can excel career paths and professional opportunities.  Take the academic step in counseling through a graduate certificate online with Golden Gate University.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Official transcripts
  • Prerequisites may need to be satisfied prior to enrollment

School Accreditation Statement

WSCUC (WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission)

GGU is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, the organization that accredits universities in California and Hawaii, including Stanford, University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, San Jose State. GGU has never chosen to apply for the optional AACSB accreditation because its requirements are not consistent with their mission and commitment to have students learn from former and current practitioners rather than pure scholars. To do this, Golden Gate focuses on hiring full and part-time faculty who have a strong practitioner background and bring their practical experience to the classroom. AACSB rules are not consistent with this approach and, unfortunately, many standard rankings such as US News & World Report base their information on AACSB. With more than 68,000 alumni, we are confident that GGU prepares students with knowledge and skills that can be used throughout their careers.


Geographic Restrictions

This program is not authorized for residents of: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Washington D.C., Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, or Wisconsin.