Graduate Certificate programs are developed by MU faculty experts within the academic disciplines and each certificate must adhere to the MU Graduate Faculty Senate’s requirements; certificate proposals are required to demonstrate a need for such a program (e.g. market and educational needs) and offer a clear and appropriate educational objective.
A post-baccalaureate, non-degree seeking student may enroll in a stand alone certificate program as long as the admission standards for the certificate are met. Graduate certificate programs’ admission requirements may exceed the minimum admission requirements set by the Graduate School.
If approved by these two offices, Graduate Certificates are subject to review by the University of Missouri System’s Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If approved by the UM System’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Graduate Certificates are subjected to the final review of the Missouri Department of Higher Education. If approved by the Missouri Department of Higher Education, Graduate Certificates are submitted individually to the U.S. Department of Education for approval of federal financial aid eligibility.
Since Graduate Certificates are derived from currently offered degree programs and received appropriate approval from the Missouri Department of Higher Education, it is our understanding from our communication with Dr. Karen Solomon at the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that “if the certificates are derived from currently offered degree programs then there does not to be a Commission review.” Hence, the letter provided from the HLC in June 2008 concerning Certificates still applies and is included.
All “GE Programs” are required to disclose accurate and pertinent information to prospective students about the costs and benefits of the GE programs, such as tuition, time-to-completion, and placement rates. Further, the University is required to notify the US Department of Education when a proposed GE Program desires to be listed as a Title IV eligible program.
To remain in compliance, all stand alone graduate certificate program proposals must include the completed GE Reporting and Disclosure form.
Each proposal must explain a demonstrated need for such a certificate program. This provision may be defined in terms of either external markets (i.e., external demand for the skill associated with such a certificate) or internal academic needs (i.e., the need for a critical mass of students in a given discipline). Proposals must also address the question of the impact of the graduate certificate program on any related degree program.
The proposed sequence of course work must offer a clear and appropriate educational objective at the graduate level. Proposals must include (1) a list of all courses approved for the certificate program, (2) the number of semesters required to complete the certificate, (3) a demonstration that the courses will be offered when graduate certificate program participants will need to enroll in them and (4) a sample plan of study.
A graduate certificate program requires a minimum of 12 hours of graduate credit at the 7000, 8000 and/or 9000* level. Courses must be chosen from a list of core courses approved for each particular graduate certificate program. Research hours are not applicable to graduate certificate programs, nor are courses numbered 1000-6999.
Each proposal shall include a clear indication of the management structure for the proposed graduate certificate program, including (1) a designated director, who will provide administrative oversight, including but not limited to, accepting participants, maintaining participants’ files, and assessing participants’ progress toward completion of the certificate program; (2) an advisory committee, which may include representation from the professional, business, or government sectors which the program is designed to serve; and (3) a current listing of participating faculty members.
Each proposal must include a description of (1) the graduate certificate program’s capacity for adequate advising of students, (2) the measures and procedures to be used to annually evaluate the program, and (3) the resources (e.g., faculty, space, and equipment) available to successfully implement and maintain the graduate certificate program.
All graduate certificate programs will undergo review by the Graduate School after five years. Continuation will be awarded in five-year intervals provided each program shows student interest and financial viability.
Send the requested documents in c/o of Anita Cowan, Office of Graduate Studies, 210 Jesse Hall and e-mail an electronic copy of the approved proposal (email@example.com).
Amended and Approved at the January 29, 2002 Graduate Faculty Senate Meeting
*Amended and Approved at the October 28, 2008 Graduate Faculty Senate MeetingFederal “Gainful Employment” Information
For major changes to the Certificate, such as the number of hours require, etc., a new Plan of Study Form should be included. Depending on the nature of the change, additional information may be requested during the review process.
To accommodate specific student needs, occasional single-course substitutions to the Certificate Plan of Study do not require this approval process be utilized. However, routine course substitutions indicate the necessity for updating the Certificate, and the process should be initiated by the Certificate Director, as soon as such a need is identified.
Changes to Graduate Certificate Programs are reviewed and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies.