I will be applying to graduate programs for the Fall '11 but until then I'm considering completing a certificate program in Nonprofit Management. I was going to enroll in a couple economics and/or planning course at a local university but each class is $1,400, so I won't be doing that. The entire certificate program would only cost me about $1,700 and would be issued from a university with a great reputation. Also I'd be able to complete the certificate in about 4 months.
I'm interested in studying community development + housing + public health, so it seems useful. I've heard good and bad things about having certificates... Does anybody have thoughts? Would it improve my resume and help my grad school apps? Or should I save my money and just focus on work and studying for the GRE? Thanks in advance!