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 introduces current genealogical technologies and research methods, and reflects exacting industry standards. 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.

PMP® Certification Exam Preparation

The PMP® Certification Exam Preparation prepares project managers 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. The credential can lead to higher salaries and increased marketability. This preparation course provides an opportunity to engage in a thorough and complete review of the theory of project management as detailed in PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

Professional Fundraising (online)

The Professional Fundraising certificate program provides the requisite skills and knowledge to succeed in the burgeoning and increasingly specialized field of fund raising for nonprofit institutions. In addition, the program serves as preparation for the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) exam.

Real Estate Studies

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 series of eight courses to earn a professional Boston University certificate in one of three areas:

  • Commercial real estate
  • Real estate finance
  • Facilities management

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 or Master of Urban Affairs degree programs.

Online Certificate

Commercial Real Estate Practice is an online program designed specifically for a national and international market. This program teaches the essentials of analyzing, acquiring, financing, and operating real estate assets. Students who earn the certificate can expect an improvement in their personal and organizational effectiveness.

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. Students may enroll in individual courses or choose to complete six courses to earn a Boston University Commercial Real Estate Practice certificate.