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Academic Process for Graduate Certificate Students

Minimum requirements for earning a graduate certificate

In order to earn a graduate certificate, a student must have a grade point average of 3.0 on all course work that applies to the certificate program. The same grading policies and fees apply to all students participating in graduate certificate programs whether they are degree-seeking or post-baccalaureate graduate students.

Award of graduate certificates

Students will be awarded their graduate certificates upon successful completion of a well-defined program of course work.

For students whose graduate certificate program is part of a graduate degree program, certificates will be awarded upon successful completion of the degree program.

For students participating in a stand-alone certificate program, certificates will be awarded at the end of the term in which all the certificate program requirements have been completed successfully.

Graduate certificates may appear on students’ transcripts, but do not appear on diplomas.

Applying certificate credit to a degree program

Up to 12 hours of graduate credit earned for graduate certificates may be applied to degree requirements for a graduate degree upon approval of the degree program.

Special circumstances for obtaining credit

No courses taken as a "hearer" (audit status) may be applied to a graduate certificate program.

A grade of "incomplete" can be assigned in rare instances when a student cannot complete course work due to illness or other special circumstances beyond the student's control. To obtain credit for the course, the incomplete grade must be converted to a grade within one year.