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What is a Diploma? A diploma is a higher education program that provides advanced knowledge and practical skills learning in a specific career field. Diploma programs usually last for one- to two years. Community colleges, technical schools and some universities offer diploma programs for a diverse range of students. Working professionals returning to post-secondary education may want to pursue a… Read more

What is a Diploma?

A diploma is a higher education program that provides advanced knowledge and practical skills learning in a specific career field. Diploma programs usually last for one- to two years. Community colleges, technical schools and some universities offer diploma programs for a diverse range of students. Working professionals returning to post-secondary education may want to pursue a diploma to enhance their career prospects.  Recent secondary school graduates may choose a diploma as their ticket to an entry-level position in their field, or as a smooth transition into continued higher education study.

What are the benefits of taking a Diploma?

There are a number of distinct benefits to obtaining a diploma. Employers seek out diploma-holders for their demonstrated knowledge and understanding of their field. Students can decide during the course of the diploma program if they would prefer to start working right away upon graduation, or if they would like to try and transfer the credits they earn in a diploma program to a longer-term degree.

What do we study in a Diploma?

There are diploma programs in most academic fields across all disciplines, from the Arts to Business, the Humanities to Technology, the Natural Sciences to Social Sciences and more. Within the discipline, there are highly specific diploma programs, designed to prepare the student for a job in that field. For example, one may choose to get a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, an International Advanced Diploma in Business Management or a Two-Year Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management. There are different types of diplomas – diploma, advanced diploma, graduate diploma and postgraduate diploma. The difference has to do with the pre-requisites for study.

What kind of career improvement can you expect with a Diploma?

Graduates from diploma programs can expect to see their career prospects improve almost immediately. This is because employers recognize that graduates with a diploma are more professionally familiar with the key skills, knowledge and ideas that are critical to that industry. Even students with many years of experience in their field can benefit from a diploma, as it proves that the holder is familiar with the most up-to-date methods and techniques in their field.

How much does it cost to take a Diploma?

The cost of obtaining a diploma will vary widely from one school to the other, and depending on the program. Diplomas also vary in their duration, which can also contribute to differences in tuition cost. It is helpful to check with the school offering the diploma program of interest to get more information about the price of diploma study. The school may also be able to provide information about financial assistance, if available. It is possible to contact the school of choice directly using the web form on the program page on this website.

Why take a Diploma program Online?

Ideally suited to those who are working full time, have other scheduling commitments or area living far away from the campus where they wish to obtain their diploma, online diploma programs are an excellent option. Using e-learning technology, students will follow a planned curriculum to study for their diploma online. Teachers can communicate more directly with their students, and also encourage class discussions using forums. After passing a diploma program online, graduates are awarded with the same degree as on-campus or full-time diploma students.

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Schellhammer Business School
Marbella, Spain

The Level 6 programme is for non-university graduate mature students (age 25 or older) who have five years of managerial work experience and want to study for an MBA. The Grad ... +

The Level 6 programme is for non-university graduate mature students (age 25 or older) who have five years of managerial work experience and want to study for an MBA. The Graduate Level 6 120 credit Diploma in Business and Administrative Management is made up of 10 modules and 6 written assignments and each module consist of approximately 40 guided learning hours. While completing the online Business Diploma, students will have access to various study resources, such as tutor support and webinars, a social learning forum, and additional materials to help in the completion of their graduate business course. -
Postgraduate Diploma
Full-time
English
Online
 
Columbia University – Columbia Engineering
New York, USA

The online Artificial Intelligence (AI) program from Columbia, No. 1 Engineering School in the Ivy League for 2021, is designed for professionals and leaders who are seeking a ... +

The online Artificial Intelligence (AI) program from Columbia, No. 1 Engineering School in the Ivy League for 2021, is designed for professionals and leaders who are seeking a deeper understanding of AI. You can complete the program in 9 to 18 months while continuing to work. A bachelor’s degree, experience with Python, and experience with either Java, C, or C++ are required. Learn more about this non-credit executive education program. -
Postgraduate Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
9 - 18 months
English
Sep 2022
Online
 
Niagara College - Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Are you interested in an exciting and rewarding career in business and want to explore your entrepreneurial and industry options? As a Business graduate, you are ready to lead ... +

Are you interested in an exciting and rewarding career in business and want to explore your entrepreneurial and industry options? As a Business graduate, you are ready to lead an entrepreneurial venture, take charge of the family business, or improve the operational efficiency of an organization. This two-year diploma consists of a blend of business foundation and special interest courses. -
Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 

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Toronto School of Management
Toronto, Canada

This one-year Co-op diploma in Data Analytics will position you at the forefront of a competitive job market, in which you will develop highly sought-after and employable skil ... +

This one-year Co-op diploma in Data Analytics will position you at the forefront of a competitive job market, in which you will develop highly sought-after and employable skills and knowledge to thrive in a data-driven world. Learn how to analyze data using cutting-edge technology or traditional methods to drive proactive decision-making and optimize business performance. With the ability to interpret and transform large sets of data into actionable insights, students can increase business efficiencies. -
Diploma
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Futuregames
Stockholm, Sweden

Online, remote 10-week diploma course brought to you directly by industry professionals. Learn key marketing skills needed to work in the fast-growing games industry – Brand & ... +

Online, remote 10-week diploma course brought to you directly by industry professionals. Learn key marketing skills needed to work in the fast-growing games industry – Brand & Product Marketing, User Acquisition, ASO and more! -
Diploma
Part-time
10 weeks
English
07 Mar 2022
07 Feb 2022
Online
 
Aurora University Online
Aurora, USA

Enhance your skills and prepare for school social work practice with the online Post-MSW Professional Educator’s License from Aurora University Online. This program is designe ... +

Enhance your skills and prepare for school social work practice with the online Post-MSW Professional Educator’s License from Aurora University Online. This program is designed for those who have earned a Master of Social Work degree and plan to specialize their skills for public and private school settings. -
Postgraduate Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
16 months
English
Online
 
UCAM
Guadalupe, Murcia, Spain

Leadership is the ability to influence a group to lead it to achieve its goals. That is why entrepreneurship is often associated with the concept of leadership. The success of ... +

Leadership is the ability to influence a group to lead it to achieve its goals. That is why entrepreneurship is often associated with the concept of leadership. The success of a company is based on the conjunction of three factors: teams with diverse skills, a common vision and solvent leadership. It often happens that entrepreneurs with good a priori ideas are not able to manage them due to the lack of ability to manage the human team that makes up the company. It is for this reason that the combination "Leader + Entrepreneur" is necessary to achieve success. It is, therefore, about developing skills. -
Diploma
Full-time
4 weeks
Spanish
Online
 
Canadian College of Technology and Business
Vancouver, Canada

Develop your skills and expertise to advance yourself in a successful career as a Businessperson. Throughout this one-year post-secondary diploma, you will develop skills that ... +

Develop your skills and expertise to advance yourself in a successful career as a Businessperson. Throughout this one-year post-secondary diploma, you will develop skills that are critical to running business operations efficiently and effectively including marketing, finance, organizational behaviour, and business strategy. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
52 - 73 weeks
English
Campus
Online
 
Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design
Toronto, Canada

Are you looking to start a rewarding career in the Animation industry, but aren’t sure where to start? Look no further than Max the Mutt’s 4-year Animation Diploma program. Yo ... +

Are you looking to start a rewarding career in the Animation industry, but aren’t sure where to start? Look no further than Max the Mutt’s 4-year Animation Diploma program. You’ll get the skills, hands-on training, and career support you need to begin a career as an Animator upon graduation. You will graduate with a solid portfolio, a demo reel, the skills to write a cover letter and résumé, an online profile page, and the ability to conduct yourself professionally in a job interview. Most of our instructors are working professionals, and we have strong contacts in the animation community. Our annual Industry Event showcases graduating students and is well attended by representatives from animation and gaming companies. Feel confident that you’ll be receiving the industry support you need to succeed in the Animation industry. In addition to a series of both classical and digital animation courses, the curriculum includes in-depth drawing classes, cartooning, acting for animation, character design, background painting/design, and a sequence of visual language, storytelling, and storyboarding courses. -
Diploma
Full-time
4 years
English
Sep 2022
31 Jan 2022
Campus
 
Toronto Film School
Toronto, Canada

The Film Production Diploma program offers an intensive, behind-the-scenes education that covers all areas of filmmaking. You will experience every phase of pre-production, pr ... +

The Film Production Diploma program offers an intensive, behind-the-scenes education that covers all areas of filmmaking. You will experience every phase of pre-production, production, and post-production, including writing and analyzing screenplays, developing storyboards, creating shot lists and preparing budgets and schedules. You will learn to shoot, direct, block, light scenes and capture audio, as well as assemble, cut and manipulate footage. -
Diploma
Full-time
18 months
English
Campus
 
Toronto School of Management
Toronto, Canada

This two-year diploma is ideal for leaders of tomorrow who want to gain interdisciplinary skills to pursue an international business management career and go global. Develop t ... +

This two-year diploma is ideal for leaders of tomorrow who want to gain interdisciplinary skills to pursue an international business management career and go global. Develop the leadership and problem-solving skills top employers are universally looking for in an effective manager. Gain a strong grasp of all of the key business disciplines while immersing yourself in the world of cross-cultural management. -
Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Toronto School of Management
Toronto, Canada

This two-year advanced diploma focuses on the latest developments in the hospitality and tourism sector. Acquire recognized leadership skills and competencies to effectively m ... +

This two-year advanced diploma focuses on the latest developments in the hospitality and tourism sector. Acquire recognized leadership skills and competencies to effectively manage a team and operations while understanding organizational behavior in the tourism and hospitality industry. -
Advanced Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Toronto School of Management
Toronto, Canada

This one-year Co-op diploma is ideal for students looking to acquire in-demand skills and specialized knowledge in all aspects of cybersecurity including blockchain, risk mana ... +

This one-year Co-op diploma is ideal for students looking to acquire in-demand skills and specialized knowledge in all aspects of cybersecurity including blockchain, risk management, big data, and the IoT (Internet of Things). The need for cybersecurity expertise is only going to increase as our connected world evolves. Gain the ability to anticipate information security risks, implement new ways to protect networks, and prevent cyberattacks of various types. -
Diploma
Full-time
51 weeks
English
Campus
 
Toronto School of Management
Toronto, Canada

Build a sound marketing strategy using research, understand the PPC marketing model, and make the most of social media to thrive in our evolving digital world. This one-year C ... +

Build a sound marketing strategy using research, understand the PPC marketing model, and make the most of social media to thrive in our evolving digital world. This one-year Co-op diploma focuses on marketing, advertising, and campaign management. It is powered by the Digital Marketing Institute (DMI). Upon completion of the program, you will receive a Digital Marketing Associate Certificate from DMI. -
Diploma
Full-time
51 weeks
English
Campus
 
Toronto School of Management
Toronto, Canada

Become an effective leader by learning fundamental business strategies and industry-recognized methods for managing people. Understand the role of technology and digital liter ... +

Become an effective leader by learning fundamental business strategies and industry-recognized methods for managing people. Understand the role of technology and digital literacy as a modern-day professional by leveraging cutting-edge tools and problem-solving skills to navigate today’s digital landscape. This two-year Diploma in Digital Business Management Co-op program is ideal for students who want to pave the way for a successful career in business management in today’s diverse and changing world. -
Diploma
Full-time
97 weeks
English
Campus