Earn your online Linfield College certificate for less!


The Online and Continuing Education program at Linfield College has some exciting news to share: the tuition for most of our online certificates has been reduced to $250 per credit, which is nearly half the cost of our former tuition rate for certificates!

“Our certificate programs are for adult students who want to be competitive in today’s knowledge-driven economy,” said Laura Brener, director for Online & Continuing Education. “This new pricing structure meets the needs of students seeking an outstanding and personalized education at a more competitive price point.”

Linfield currently offers 17 certificates at the new tuition rate: coaching, communication and diversity, creative writing, cyber security and digital forensics, database administration, global health, health administration, human resource management, marketing, professional communication, project management, software engineering, sustainability, web application development, wine management, wine marketing and yoga instructor. (Certificates that require a bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite, such as the accounting certificate, will not be offered at the new tuition rate.)

Cost is a big factor in any adult learners’ decision to return to school and that is why Linfield has decided to make our certificate tuition rates more competitive with those at the large public institutions and for-profit schools. With our new tuition rates, online students get the best of both worlds: affordable cost and a top quality, regionally accredited program with all the advantages of a Linfield education:

  • One-on-one advising and personal guidance throughout the program
  • Small, engaging online classes
  • Highly accessible and dedicated faculty

Plus, a Linfield education is regionally respected and can open doors to many exciting career opportunities!

Don’t delay – registration for summer and fall courses starts Monday, April 16. Contact Linfield’s Office of Admissions at 503-883-2213 or oceadmission@linfield.edu to get started!


Open Heart and Mind: Benefits of Communication and Diversity

The United States is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Thanks to the First Amendment, we have freedom of religion and expression. There is also increasing support for the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities.

Being part of a diverse community provides people with an understanding of differences and places value in those differences. Many colleges and universities, including Linfield, take pride in being a setting that promotes open communication and diversity. The benefits of communication and diversity cannot be understated.

New Experiences

As part of a diverse community, you are much more likely to have the opportunity to learn about different cultures. Fresh and differing viewpoints from a diverse group of people increases self-awareness and the ability to understand and embrace different perspectives. Living, learning and working in a diverse environment provides a chance to expand your own sense of global perspective, sociological imagination and social justice.

A Breakdown of Stereotypes

Communication with and learning from those around you happens organically in a diverse environment and offers the opportunity for communication that leads to a departure from a sheltered background, incorrect assumptions and stereotypes and ignorance. Engaging with people whose views and backgrounds are sharply in opposition to your own allows you to become informed, insightful and more open minded. Stereotypes can easily lead to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and general bigotry.

Beyond Race Relations

Oftentimes, people only think of race when the term ‘diversity’ arises. But diversity goes far beyond race and ethnicity. The ability to engage with peers with different religious backgrounds, gender identity, sexual orientation and political leanings prepares you for life in a global and diverse society and workplace. Whether you came from a homogeneous background or you were raised in a diverse setting, the ability to communicate with others can always be learned or improved upon.

Living, learning and working in a diverse environment should be an experience to seek, not one to shy away from. The ability to communicate with an open heart and an open mind will make you not only a good citizen in a diverse world, but will increase your ability for empathy, social development, your awareness of injustices, and the desire to make the world a better place for everyone.

Benefits of Online Classes for Busy Professionals

As a busy professional you might think that continuing education is unlikely to fit into your already harried schedule. Combine that with trying to maintain a work-life balance and you would be accurate to think that enrolling in classes would be too time consuming. Colleges and universities are acutely aware of the time crunch busy professionals find themselves in, which is why Linfield and others have added fully accredited online class and degree offerings. These allow you to complete an undergraduate or graduate degree or earn a professional certificate on your schedule. Consider these and many other benefits of online education when deciding your next education goal.

Credit for Prior Learning

If you’re working in the professional world, you bring quite a bit of knowledge and experience with you. Not only will you earn credit for college classes you have completed but you may be able to earn college credit for work and life experience, reducing the number of courses needed for a degree and thus lowering the cost. Linfield offers up to 30 credits for prior life experience.


Flexibility is the main reason that busy professionals choose to pursue online education. You can study during work breaks, at night, and on the weekend, and there is no commute to worry about or class schedule to keep. You will be able to continue working while planning your study time around the rest of your work and family responsibilities, while still receiving the academic support from professors and other college staff that you would get as a traditional student on campus.

Career Advancement
Most busy professionals who choose to continue their education do so with the goal of career advancement, which is exactly what the programs at Linfield are focused on.

Whether you are pursuing your undergraduate degree or looking for an advanced degree in order to expand your knowledge and your resume, you can be sure that obtaining a degree will help further your career goals.

In addition, professional certificates are a great way to earn credentials and impress superiors without having to enroll in an entire degree program.

If you are looking to continue your education and advance your career but can’t commit to attending classes because of your work demands, consider online education. The many benefits of a fully accredited online education program will help you reach your goals while maintaining your professional schedule and fitting nicely into your life.