Graduate Certificates

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The purpose of a post-baccalaureate certificate is to enhance the marketability of students, confirm special skills or knowledge acquired by students, and provide educational opportunities and continuing education to otherwise unserved segments of the community through short-term graduate programs. The certificate program is designed to provide a certification of specialization to individuals who already possess a bachelor’s degree. All students must be admitted to the Graduate School and make formal application to the particular certificate program.

  • Graduate courses taken as a degree-seeking student may count toward both a graduate degree and a graduate certificate provided that the student is admitted and enrolled in the certificate program prior to completing the last course required for the certificate and with the approval of the program.
  • Graduate credit hours earned while certificate-seeking may also be applied toward a graduate program with the approval of the program, provided the student is enrolled as degree-seeking in the graduate program prior to the last semester of coursework.
  • If a program would like to count transfer courses toward a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, the same policies for transfer courses in degree programs will also be used in certificate programs. (See Transfer Credit.)