Micro-credentials are smaller than a minor, certificate or degree program. They are an opportunity to showcase the skills you’ve learned in an area of interest. 

What is a micro-credential?

Micro-credentials allow you to meet your personalized learning needs by gaining knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your academic or professional goals. They equip you with digital badges that showcase your achievements and all it took to get there. 

What are the benefits?

  • Earn stackable skills that differentiate you, academically and professionally.
  • Personalize your learning through credit and non-credit bearing opportunities. 
  • Display badges that contain your achievements and competencies to employers, colleagues and peers.
  • Gain skills to keep you at the leading edge of your discipline, whether you’re a current UB student, prospective student or industry professional.

Micro-credentials through the College

Develop effective messages and campaigns for diverse career fields, including (but not limited to) marketing, health, or politics.

Gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges arising from diversity in families, communities, schools and workplaces. 

Develop the ability to design clear, concise, ethical and thorough research studies; collect and analyze data; communicate research ideas, methodological approaches, and findings in written and oral formats; identify strengths and weaknesses of different research methods; interpret, apply and perform basic statistical techniques in order to test hypotheses.

Identify and analyze professional communication genres and practices; evaluate best practices for digital communication in professional contexts; apply common methods of rhetorical analysis to study professional communication; and compose in a range of digital environments.

Analyze visual material from a perspective of feminist and queer theories and methodologies. As consumers and producers of an increasingly visual world, visual literacy is an essential but often underdeveloped skill valuable in academic and professional settings.

Think critically about power, inequality and marginality in the criminal justice system.

Learn how gender inequality shapes global patterns of migration, education, economics, politics and development, and how women have responded to global challenges around climate change, violence, conflict and human rights abuses within specific countries and areas.

Gain familiarity with advanced methods of interpretation in different humanistic disciplines: literary and cultural studies, philosophy, art theory and film. 

Develop skills and knowledge for fundraising and grant writing, expertise needed for careers in the not-for-profit section.

Learn the strategies needed to begin writing original poetry and fiction and gain knowledge and insight pertaining to publishing opportunities, and the many career opportunities in the fields of writing, editing and publishing.


View a listing of all micro-credentials offered at the university.