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Applied Science and Interdisciplinary Professional Studies Concentrations

The best part of the applied science and interdisciplinary professional studies curriculum is your ability to personalize the classes you take to fit you.

While you have to take required program courses and meet the credit requirements to earn a bachelor’s degree, you and your advisor get to tailor the rest of your degree based on your goals and interests.

What are Concentrations?

Choose from a growing list of certificates, minors or classes to customize your degree plan. Satisfy your personal and professional interests with a concentration that appeals to you. Concentrations are designed to complement your degree and give you the knowledge you need to get ahead.

For example, if your goal is to advance your career and move into a management role, consider adding coursework focused on business management or applied leadership to your degree plan. Interested in public health? The online public health certificate is an excellent fit and can help prepare you for the next step in your career.

It really is up to you! This page contains sample concentrations that you could add to personalize your degree. If you are interested in other on-campus concentrations, contact your student success coach.

Not sure where to start? Try our interactive tool that allows you to explore your options!

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Concentrations

Interdisciplinary Professional Studies Elective Courses

Interdisciplinary Professional Studies Elective Courses

Courses in the interdisciplinary professional studies program are designed for adult students returning to college. They cover a variety of professional development subjects, including leadership, ethics and wellness, and can be applied immediately or expanded on in the certificate programs listed on this page.

The flexibility of this program allows you to maximize the impact of your previous education to expedite your bachelor’s degree.

The interdisciplinary professional studies program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in person.

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Business and Leadership

+Business

Foundational business skills are necessary to succeed in any career. In the +Business minor or certificate, you will learn from experienced instructors and gain practical skills through customizable courses.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in person.

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Certificate in Applied Leadership

Grow into a high-impact leader by augmenting your current professional and leadership skills. You’ll hone your leadership style and immediately apply perspectives and activities to your current position. 

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in person.

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Certificate in Business Creation

The business creation certificate from Boise State University offers students the opportunity to develop the skills to start, manage and maintain an entrepreneurial venture. Working professionals looking to formalize their business pursuits or refresh their knowledge will also benefit from this certificate.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in person.

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Certificate in Community Impact

The community impact certificate enables you to meaningfully engage in your community, strengthen regional networks and create collaborative ventures. You will develop professional communication and dynamic leadership skills while nurturing an innovative, adaptive and community-conscious mindset.

This program is available for students taking a combination of online and in-person classes and operates online, on-campus and in your community. This program charges standard fees (including out-of-state fees).

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Certificate in Leadership and Human Relations

Hone leadership skills through dynamic experience in this on-campus program. You’ll practice new leadership skills and become a high-integrity change agent in your discipline and the world.

This program is available for students taking a combination of online and in-person classes and is only available on campus. This program charges standard fees (including out of state fees).

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Certificate in Project Management

Learn how to develop project plans, manage timelines, work with stakeholders and execute strategic goals. After completing this certificate, you will have the knowledge, skills and abilities to prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam or the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in person.

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Communication, Innovation and Design

Certificate in Communication Management

Develop concise and effective communication for both internal and external audiences. You’ll be prepared to communicate with employees, businesses and the community as well as collaborate with other key stakeholders.

This program is only available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in person.

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Certificate in Conflict Management

Prepare to be a confident, capable, and resilient leader through the challenges in your professional and personal life. Engage in innovative, experiential, and supported learning environments that are founded on self-discovery, our common humanity, and critical inquiry into civil discourse and collaborative engagement across diverse groups and perspectives.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in person.

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Certificate in Content Production

Enhance your creative abilities by learning how to produce and activate your ideas using design, audiovisual and digital means.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in-person.

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Certificate in Creative Influence

Grow your creative influence by learning how to be an effective communicator and leader who influences others with their ideas.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in-person.

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Certificate in Innovation and Design

Build skills in creative problem solving, emerging technology and collaborative communication techniques. You’ll have a competitive edge in your industry and be equipped to handle the evolving demands of today and tomorrow’s workforce.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in-person.

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Certificate in Media Content Management

Learn practical skills to create, produce and manage content across multiple platforms. You’ll expand your knowledge in highly-sought after areas like website management, media production or social media.

This program is only available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in-person.

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Certificate in Public Relations

Master skills in communication and public understanding and develop a professional portfolio. You’ll develop and refine skills in media and social media relations, branding and promotions, issues advocacy, community relations and crisis communication.

This program is available for students taking a combination of online and in-person classes and is only available on campus. This program charges standard fees (including out of state fees).

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Certificate in UX Design

Learn how the entire process of acquiring and integrating a product, including branding, design, usability and function.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in-person.

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User Experience Research: UX Professional Certificate

Gain insight into how people interact with products, services, policies and organizations. You’ll learn about the user experience through practical exercises, including planning and executing a project that delivers insight to a real-world stakeholder.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in-person.

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Cyber

Certificate in Cyber for All

Learn the fundamentals of cyber defense and the implications of good versus bad cyber hygiene. You’ll obtain vital knowledge centered around security awareness, the Internet of Things and incident response and recovery.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in-person.

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Certificate in Cyber Operations

Develop skills to protect and defend cyber systems. You will learn the foundational knowledge needed to become a leader in the field, including information assurance, offensive and defensive security, forensics and disaster recovery.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in-person.

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Healthcare

Certificate in Public Health

Explore pressing issues, address health disparities and overall global health to create healthier communities. You’ll develop broad skills in analysis, critical thinking and communication within the lens of public health.

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in-person. Course offerings may vary by semester and online course fees may apply.

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Education

Certificate in Inquiry-Based Early Childhood Education

Explore best practices in early childhood education and supporting children’s inquiry and development. You will develop skills as a leader and advocate in the field and be well-prepared to work as an early childhood educator. 

This program is available for students taking classes 100% online and a combination of online and in-person.

Talk to your student success coach about planning for this certificate.

Please Note: This certificate requires an additional application and space is limited.

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Custom

Custom

Boise State offers 800+ online course offerings, so it is possible to create a custom concentration based on your specific interests. We highly recommend you connect with your advisor to talk about possibilities.

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