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Graduate Certificate Programs

Section 8.2 of the Graduate School Handbook

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Certificate programs provide students an opportunity to demonstrate competence in a coherent curriculum or area of specialization. Certificates often supplement previous advanced degrees or further professional preparation. Certificates may also serve as an entry point to additional advanced graduate study. Graduate certificates are free standing programs; students are directly admitted into certificate programs. Students may also be simultaneously enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program.

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Program of Study. Graduate certificates are administered by a Graduate Studies Committee. Students must select a program of study and are encouraged to contact the certificate program prior to application. Information regarding specific requirements for each certificate is available from the Graduate Studies Committee responsible for the certificate program. A complete list of current certificate programs is available on the Graduate School website. Students must meet the minimum admissions standards of the Graduate School. 

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Credit Hours. Graduate certificate programs must consist of at least 12 credit hours. Students must achieve a cumulative graduate GPA of at least a 3.00 to be considered for the awarding of a certificate. Only grades of “A” through “C-” may be counted toward the completion of the certificate program. At least 50 percent of the credit hours required for the certificate must be unique to the certificate and cannot be used toward any other graduate program. 

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Academic Standards. The academic standards stated in Section 5 apply to students pursuing graduate certificates.

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Application for Certificate Completion. A student pursuing a graduate certificate program must submit the Application for Certificate Completion form to the Graduate School no later than the third Friday of the semester (or third Friday of summer term) in which completion from the student's certificate program is expected.