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Certificate Programs

Per Executive Policy E5.205

A certificate program is a designated set of courses that complements a degree program by enhancing the development of skills and knowledge in a focused area of study, or provides intensive professional training. Graduate and undergraduate certificate programs may be offered as a specialization within a degree program; as an interdisciplinary field that combines courses from two or more degree programs; or as a "stand alone" program designed to develop an area of professional knowledge or practical skill.

The Chancellor has the authority to approve certificate programs that represent work taken within (or among) degree programs. Certificate programs that require the commitment of new resources require Board of Regents approval and follow the procedures for new degree programs.

Undergraduate Certificates

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Undergraduate certificate programs complement major programs, may be interdisciplinary, or in a field without a corresponding major. Undergraduate certificates must require the following:

  • A minimum of 15 credits, of which 9 credits are upper division (300-400 level).
  • At least one required course (3 credits). (The program cannot consist of electives only.)
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all courses counted towards the certificate.

For more information, please review the complete Academic Subject Certificate Programs Procedures and Guidelines.

Graduate Certificates

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Graduate certificate programs may complement degree programs and may provide the training necessary for professional certification. Graduate certificates must require the following:

  • A minimum of 15 credits, of which at least 9 must be at the graduate level (600-700).
  • At least one required course (3 credits) and a capstone project or experience.
  • A passing grade of B or higher, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all courses counted towards the certificate.

Approval Process

Graduate Certificates

For more information, please review the complete Academic Subject Certificate Programs Procedures and Guidelines.

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