Affordable • Accelerated • 100% Online
In Multiple Languages • Consist of 3 Progressive Certificates
Completed in 9 Months
Specializations are a concentration of relevant knowledge in high demand fields of global interest. They consist of three progressive certificates that can be earned in nine months. Specializations are a breakthrough in knowledge acquisition. By having outstanding professors from top universities distill and contextualize knowledge into a concentrated, focused and accelerated format, learners can immediately apply what they learn to a specific field of endeavor.
Specializations are an accelerated track aligned with the lifestyle and expectations of 21st century higher education consumers. They are efficient and cost effective, reducing substantially the overall time and expense of gaining a respected and recognized credential from top institutions. Specializations do not require prerequisites and are open enrollment.
Specializations are granted by four-year universities for global citizens to gain applicable knowledge they need to advance in their lives. A person enrolled in a Specialization can expect to gain a level of expertise previously only attainable through a much greater commitment of time and resources. This is an innovation in knowledge delivery that optimizes time and minimizes cost to create a new, affordable and highly efficient global credential.
“Specializations are designed to optimize time and minimize cost. The integrity of AP’s Specializations initiative is based on the indisputable competence and expertise of the course authors, the reputations of the institutions that grant them, and the content’s alignment with the market.”
– Dr. Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School
Academic Partnerships Global Presence
Academic Partnerships has worked over the last 2 years to establish a distribution network for Specializations through representative and high-quality universities around the world.
2014 Global Partnership Strategy
Academic Partnerships country focus for global distribution of Specialization in 2014, includes more than 50 countries internationally based on economic growth, broadband access, college participation rates, and demand for higher education.
“Globalization is becoming the most important trend in American higher education. It has become clear to us that while institutions of higher learning in the United States have a growing affordability problem, billions of citizens in the developing world have an accessibility problem. The globalization of U.S. universities has the potential to resolve both issues. We believe that the Specialization concept, which we originated and are launching with partner universities, will significantly increase post-secondary enrollment around the world, resulting in untold benefits for citizens everywhere, while simultaneously addressing the financial challenges that our universities here at home are facing.”
– Randy Best, Chairman and CEO, Academic Partnerships