A graduate certificate program is limited in scope relative to a graduate degree program but provides an opportunity for advanced study with a particular focus. Successful completion of a graduate certificate program is a structured academic accomplishment that leads to an official notation on the student transcript. A certificate program may be a stand alone accomplishment or may be embedded within a graduate degree program.
Certificate Program Admission Requirements
Certificate program admission requirements are set by the respective Certificate program academic unit. Applicants are required to submit all required application documents by the submission deadline. Graduate students who wish to complete an embedded certificate program are required to submit an additional certificate program application, however, no application fee will be charged.
Certificate Credit Requirements
Certificate program credit requirements depend upon the specific program. To receive credit or certificate program courses, a grade of "C" or better is required. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required in the certificate program.
Simultaneous Enrollment in a Graduate Certificate and Degree Program
Students admitted to a degree program in which the certificate program is embedded are permitted to complete the certificate program. If the certificate program requirements are met prior to the completion of the degree program, the student is eligible to be awarded the Certificate upon the successful completion of the certificate requirements.