A certificate program provides a set of learning experiences concentrated in a specific set of educational goals. At the discretion of the University, academic credit earned in certificate programs may be awarded at the graduate or undergraduate levels. Certificate programs may grant Continuing Education Units (CEUs), or they may include non-credit offerings.
Certificates of Completion may be awarded for completion of workshops, short courses and shorter sequences of credit courses. The certificate issued at the completion of the program does not indicate certification of attainment of any specific level of knowledge or competence. Admission requirements vary by program. Certificates of participation do not appear on transcripts. Certificates of participation may be produced by individual units and should not bear the University seal.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Certificates may be awarded for education programs that award CEUs. Continuing education units should be awarded based on standards developed by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) or other recognized organization governing professional continuing education. Admission requirements vary by program. CEU certificates and courses appear on a distinct institutional CEU transcript. CEUs do not count toward academic degrees. CEU certificates may be produced by individual units but should be distinct in appearance from that of the academic certificate or institutional diploma.
Certificates of Specialization provide substantial education in an academic discipline and represent the achievement of competence in a well-defined area of study and they are embedded within degree programs. (Units are encouraged to use concentrations to officially denote a specialization within a student’s primary area of study.) Admission requires acceptance and enrollment into the degree program. Certificates of specialization appear on transcripts associated with an awarded degree. Certificates of specialization must be approved through the institutional curriculum approval mechanism.
Academic or Credit Certificate Programs provide substantial education in a specific academic discipline or may be interdisciplinary but center on a coherent and freestanding body of knowledge. The certificate issued at the completion of the program represents the achievement of competence in a well-defined area of study. Academic certificates require a minimum of 24 quarter hours or 16 semester hours of credit. At the discretion of academic units, credits earned in an academic certificate program may count toward a degree at the same level (i.e., graduate or undergraduate). While admission requirements and standards vary by program, applicants must meet minimum requirements for admission to the University. Academic certificates appear on transcripts. Academic certificates must be approved through the institutional curriculum approval procedures.
Credit hours that have already been counted for a previous degree that has been awarded cannot count towards granting a certificate. Contact the unit for details.
Time Limit for Completion of the Program
Certificate program candidates are expected to complete program requirements within three years of beginning their programs, as measured by the matriculation into the degree program.
Failure to complete the program within the established time limits will result in termination unless the student successfully petitions for an extension to the Associate Provost for Graduate Studies. The college, school, or department and the student’s advisor must recommend this extension. If it is not approved, the student will be terminated from the program. Students may petition for an extension of time for a minimum of one quarter and up to a maximum of one year per request. For more information, see Exceptions regarding extensions of time.