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Professional Development

Whether you have earned your degree, already have a job, or are changing careers, staying competitive in the workforce requires learning new skills throughout your professional life. While a college degree is often a good choice, there are many other vehicles to gaining credentials and skills for a particular job or career advancement. Innovative and Lifelong Learning offers credit and noncredit programs, certificates, and courses, online and face-to-face, that equip individuals with the specialized skills they need.

Self-paced online courses

Image of student using laptopSelf-paced online (SPO) courses provide fully accredited college courses that offer a flexible alternative to traditional classroom and online schedules. Marrying the best of content and technology, SPOs offer a format designed to work with students’ busy schedules. 

  • Work independently and at your own pace from course material provided in Blackboard.
  • Set your own schedule with no fixed assignment deadlines or class meeting times.  All classes aer run through the online Blackboard Learning Management System.
  • Register for courses mid-semester (does not apply to financial aid eligible sections).
  • Select 21-week or 6-month completion period for Fall and Spring semesters (based on financial aid options).
  • All Summer semester classes are eligible for financial aid, and have a 12-week completion period.

Face-to-face courses

Students StudyingMSU Denver’s South Campus offers evening and weekend classes designed to fit your busy schedule with access to computer labs, free parking, RTD Light Rail, and qualified faculty and staff dedicated to serving your needs and those of our community.

Computers at the MSU Denver South Campus are networked to the Auraria campus and offer an extensive selection of software with access to the Auraria Library catalog (Skyline) and other databases.


Non-Credit Course Drop and Refund Policy

A student may drop a non-credit course by submitting a Non-Credit Change of Status Form to MSU Denver Innovative and Lifelong Learning.  Refunds are issued in compliance with the following guidelines. 

  • 80% refunds are provided for drop requests received by 5 p.m. (MST) on the 7th business day after the start date of the course.
  • Non-credit courses that are not semester-based and may start anytime are eligible for an 80% refund if drop requests are received by 5 p.m. (MST) on the 7th business day after receipt of the enrollment confirmation e-mail.
  • After 5 p.m. (MST) of the 7th business day following the course start date or open enrollment registration confirmation date, no refunds are provided.
  • 20% is retained regardless of the drop request date to cover registration and administrative costs.

This policy is not applicable for the Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science.

Programs and courses offered

The Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science, a program of Metropolitan State University of Denver, offers post BS-level professional education in Medical Laboratory Science.

This unique certificate provides introductory level training and skills relevant to a wide range of fields in the nonprofit, corporate, and public sectors, including water industries, conservation, agriculture, construction, engineering, and law. 

The Alternative Teacher Licensure Program is designed for people who want to teach and who possess a Bachelor's Degree, but have not completed an educator preparation program.

MSU Denver's Innovative and Lifelong Learning in conjunction with The Center for Legal Studies offers non-credit certificate courses in a variety of legal disciplines.

This noncredit course provides specialized training in formula and human milk preparation for NICU Milk Lab technicians.

This post-baccalaureate certificate program is offered to individuals with experience in a field related to health care or information technology.

This post-baccalaureate certificate program is offered to individuals with experience in a healthcare field, or a health licensure, such as a Registered Nurse; or bachelors with certification.

The Denver Hispanic Chamber Foundation, in collaboration with Metropolitan State University of Denver, offers a seven-month leadership development program for local mid-career professionals to support Latino advancement in the civic and business community.

Continuing Professional Education, administered through Innovative and Lifelong Learning at the MSU Denver South Campus, participates in the development and delivery of programs that address the continuing education of professional in the community.

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