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Student Professional Development Certificate

Are you interested in learning how to best prepare for your career? If the answer is yes, then the Student Professional Development Certificate Program is the right program for you!

Our courses offer students the opportunity to develop and strengthen many of the "soft skills" that employers seek. Students will be able to participate in designed projects and assignments that will prepare them for the job market. In addition, students will gain valuable information and be ready for a successful career upon graduation. ENROLL TODAY!

Read about the internships some of the current Certificate students are completing during summer 2020!

Students must be enrolled as a BPA major in order to be considered for this program.

What Will Students Gain from the Certificate?

BA 3710 Professional Development Skills I (meets one hour each week):
(For Fall 2020, BA 3710 will be offered Friday, 11am - 11:50am.)

  • Networking through community organizations and community service
  • Creating an effective resume, cover letter, elevator pitch, and LinkedIn profile 
  • Taking part in a Career Advising Session with an assigned Professional Mentor
  • Developing effective stress management skills

BA 4720 Professional Development Skills II (meets for one hour each week):

  • Understanding workplace environments
  • Continuing networking and engagement with community organizations
  • Preparing for and participating in a mock interview with your professional mentor
  • Understanding Emotional Intelligence and how to best manage relationships with co-workers and others

BA 4730 Professional Development Skills III (meets for one hour each week):

  • Preparing for and developing your job search plan with your professional mentor
  • Developing effective teamwork and leadership skills 
  • Understanding professional etiquette around networking, communications/personal image, meetings, and dining

Admission Requirements

Admission for the Student Professional Development Certificate is offered each semester in March and in September. 

Requirements for admission include:

  • Declared major in the School of Business and Public Administration
  • Completion of at least 24 semester units
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • Completed application form
  • Statement of interest

Required Courses

The Certificate can be completed in three semesters, and courses have been carefully selected or designed to ensure that their assignments will most effectively prepare students for the job market.  Most of these are pre-existing BPA courses that have been modified to include assignments or projects that meet the Certificate’s goals. Three courses, however, have been designed specifically for the Certificate, and focus on assignments that allow students to complete their CSUB education with a clear plan for how to initiate their careers and successfully engage in professional opportunities. 

Students in the Certificate program must complete relevant assignments in:

  • BA 3008 or Econ 3008:  Junior Year Diversity Requirement
  • Econ 4510:  Managerial Economics
  • BA 3710:  Professional Development Skills I (1 unit)
  • BA 4720:  Professional Development Skills II (1 unit)
  • BA 4730:  Professional Development Skills III (1 unit)
  • BA 4908, Econ 4908, ERM 4908, or PPA 4908: Capstone Requirement

Program Requirement

Students who are admitted to the Student Professional Development Certificate must complete all Bachelor’s degree requirements for a BPA major with a CSUB GPA of at least 2.75, in order to graduate with the Certificate in place.

How to Apply
To apply, submit the SPD Certificate application form, which includes a 300-500 word Statement of Interest, by the deadline.


Contact Dr. Norma Rodriguez, Internship and Career Development Coordinator, at  with any questions.


Contact us

  • 9001 Stockdale Highway Bakersfield, CA 93311     Phone: (661) 654-2157     Fax: (661) 654-2207