I'm not sure where I'm going with this, to be honest with you. I have reached a point where I need to decide what direction to head with my career and academic pursuits. I know I want to complete an MBA at some point within the next 5 years. But until then, I am hoping to get some certificates online in order to boost my job prospects. I am looking at the U of London/London School of Economics "Diploma for Graduates" in either Finance or Management. I live in Europe, but will probably wind up back in the U.S. permanently before 2007. The programs are described as taking "between 1 and 5 years to complete." Does anybody know how easy it is to complete one of these 4-course diplomas in one year? Also, is a "Diploma for Graduates" roughly equivalent to a Graduate Certificate? Are HR managers and other hiring decision makers aware of the London School of Economics' reputation? It should be at least as good as eCornell's and better than Boston University's, although the name recognition might be weaker in the States. I am also considering Boston University's 4-course certificate in Finance. It looks very good and would be recognizable to any American HR manager. It is noticeably more expensive than the UoL program, but I am sure to finish it within a year. Finally, I am considering the eCornell certificate in Financial Management (for Making Business Decisions). The pros to this one are that Cornell on a resume has to be damn good. The price is not too bad, just $1900. The time commitment is fabulous, just two months and I'm done. The downside is that there is no academic credit given for the eCornell programs. I'm not sure academic credit is that big a deal for me, though. I have a grad cert in business from UMass, Lowell and will have no problem getting into a decent MBA program, so why would I need scholastic credits? I guess I'd like to hear some fresh perspectives on these choices. Ideally, I'd like to hear from people that have gone through some of these programs. And for all of you who live in Europe, are Cornell and Boston University recognised as decent schools in Europe...there is a chance I won't be returning to the States by 2007.