Programs have various options when developing specialized studies for post-baccalaureate, graduate, and professional students. The Graduate School encourages programs to review the Options for Specialized Study before beginning their proposal.
A Certificate Program is a formal program of courses and other related experiences in a field of specialization. In some disciplines, a Certificate is akin to a professional credential, while in others, a Certificate is recognition of competence in a given skill, practice, or field of study.
Like an academic degree, a Certificate Program is offered by a host academic school, department, or curriculum and is related to an academic area of study. It carries academic credit. The campus encourages interdisciplinary and inter-institutional Certificate Programs where appropriate.
All Certificate Programs that award academic credit, regardless of intended audience, are governed within the Graduate School.
Proposals to create a Certificate Program should use the Certificate Program Application Form.
Download the current Official Listing of Certificate Programs
Prior to beginning any formal planning, programs should consult with the Graduate School to discuss the proper procedures and documentation necessary for a successful academic planning process. Please contact the Associate Dean for Academics for further information.