Virtual Reality Certificate Program

Virtual reality is becoming mainstream, with over ten million systems used in the United States alone. The University of Miami Virtual Reality Certificate program examines virtual reality from the viewpoint of various disciplines, including popular culture, engineering, behavioral science, and communication.

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Quick Facts About the Program

The Reality of Being Virtual


During lectures, students will synchronously discuss the readings in a VR space via the Engage platform while the rest of the class observes. Students will also alternate between guest lecturers and VR experiences. After panel discussions, students will take a short quiz covering all of the prior activities from the week (e.g., readings, VR activities, student panels).



  •  How does VR work
  • Presence
  • Education
  • Sports Training & Avatars
  • Empathy
  • Medical
  • Climate Change
  • Future of VR

The program is 8 weeks long. The program offers multiple starts per year. This program is offered in an online format, largely through live online sessions. The cost is $495 and students are required to purchase an Oculus Quest 2 headset, as much of the learning will occur while immersed in virtual reality 

Learn more and enroll in the next program start on our enrollment page.

The office of professional advancement (OPA) is excited to announce that in a partnership with the TOPPEL Career Center at the University of Miami are now offering to our students and alumni a comprehensive suite of career services available via our career services platform Handshake!

What is Handshake?

Handshake is a career services platform created for student and alumni to use in their career development. It's used by over 200,000 employees, including all Fortune 500 companies! Thousands of internships and job opportunities are posted ion Handshake by employers specifically looking to hire students.

All students have a Handshake account that is automatically created for them once they begin their program of study at the U. Once you receive an email notification, all you have to do is log into Handshake to activate your account. Handshake will then recommend certain positions to you based on your profile allowing for easy searching. Comparing and updating your profile will provide Handshake with a better idea of which job interviews/internships listings you may be interested in.

Here are some of the awesome things you can do with Handshake

  • Apply for jobs & internships
  • Register for career fairs, workshops, & info sessions
  • Upload your resume for an online critique from the Toppel Career Center
  • Research thousands of employers
  • Network with recruiters and other students for career insights

The office of Professional Advancement (OPA) is also excited to announce that our students now have access to the Otto G. Richter Library services throughout the duration of their respective certificate programs.

Students can use the online resources at the Library.

For accessing certain resources, students may need to go through UM IT authentication and enter their CaneID and passwords. Students can retrieve their CaneID and password at

Students are also able to check out books in person. To do so, they may stop by the Access Services desk to pick up a library card on their first visit to the Richter Library Building, located at Otto G. Richter Library Building, 1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146.

Thomas Merrick

Thomas Merrick

Thomas Merrick is a virtual reality enthusiast who has taught VRin the Virtual Human Interactive Lab at Stanford, he has worked with VR Startup Companies like Inspirit, and he currently serves as the Project Manager for the Virtual Reality Learning Experience at the University of Miami. He was an associate partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM and also spent 20 years in education as an administrator and teacher focused on math, science, statistics, and computer science. He received an MA from Columbia in private school leadership, and he is a 2020 Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow.

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