Center for Professional Education Programs

The Center for Professional Education (CPE) offers innovative, non-credit programs specifically designed to provide expertise in a variety of industry areas. From examination preparation courses to professional certificates, our flexible delivery formats—evenings and weekends on campus, blended-classroom programs, accelerated intensive courses, and online study—are ideal for busy professionals.

Financial Planning (on campus and online)

The Program in Financial Planning—recently ranked among the top 25 nationally by Financial Planning Magazine—has provided a comprehensive approach to financial planning education for over twenty years. The program offers a respected credential from Boston University, the rigorous academic foundation you need to advance your financial planning career, and excellent preparation for the Certified Financial Planner™ exam.

Genealogical Research (online)

The Genealogical Research certificate program reflects exacting industry standards and introduces current genealogical technologies and research methods. Taught by some of the premier genealogists in the country, the program trains students to identify and evaluate evidence, design research strategies, and write quality reports, while providing excellent preparation for certification through the Board for Certification of Genealogists®.

Interpreter Program: Community, Legal & Medical Certificates

The Community, Legal & Medical Interpreter certificate programs are designed for multilingual professionals who speak, read, and write fluently in English and Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese, or Spanish. Linguistic competence in both languages is brought to professional levels, and students develop the skills, technical vocabulary, and professional ethics needed to perform various types of interpretation—simultaneous, consecutive, and sight translation—competently.

Paralegal Studies (blended and online)

Offered in both blended-classroom and online formats, the Paralegal certificate program introduces individuals to comprehensive legal theory. In addition, the program’s unique technology component provides students with relevant hands-on experience. The program covers topics in research, writing, technologies, real estate law, business law, litigation, and probate and family law.

Professional Fundraising (online)

The Professional Fundraising certificate program provides the skills and knowledge to succeed in the burgeoning and increasingly specialized field of nonprofit fundraising. Students examine the key components of a comprehensive development program and build expertise in strategic planning, prospect research, volunteer leadership, and all forms of giving and stewardship. In addition, the program provides the 84 continuing education points required for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) exam.

Real Estate Studies (on campus and online)

Students may take a single course for personal growth or several courses that lead to a professional certificate. Those who earn the certificate can expect an improvement in their personal and organizational effectiveness.

On-Campus Certificates

Real Estate Studies offers three on-campus certificate programs to meet the diverse needs of today’s commercial real estate professional. Students may enroll in individual courses or choose to complete a prescribed series of eight courses to earn a professional certificate in Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, or Facilities Management. Courses taken online will not transfer to the on-campus program.

Students who successfully earn an on-campus CPE certificate in Commercial Real Estate or Real Estate Finance may apply their coursework toward the waiver of three elective classes (12 credits) in the Metropolitan College Master of City Planning degree program.

Online Certificate

Commercial Real Estate Practice is designed specifically for a national and international market. The program incorporates material from BU’s on-campus programs in Commercial Real Estate and Real Estate Finance, as well as the practice-driven program in Facilities Management. It teaches the essentials of analyzing, acquiring, financing, and operating real estate assets.

Six online courses must be successfully completed to earn the Certificate in Commercial Real Estate Practice. Courses taken on campus will not transfer to the online program.

Test Preparation

ACP® Certification Exam Preparation 

The ACP® Certification Exam Preparation course readies project managers for the exam required to earn Agile Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). This course provides students with a complete overview of agile methodologies currently practiced in the Project Management industry—including Scrum, extreme programming (XP), Lean, and Kanban—and provides an opportunity to prepare for critical test areas including analytical and mathematical concepts.

PMP® Certification Exam Preparation

The PMP® Certification Exam Preparation course readies project managers for the exam required to earn Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI). This globally recognized credential signifies that a project manager has the experience, education, and competency to successfully lead and direct projects. This preparation course provides an opportunity to engage in the theory of project management as detailed in PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).