Advanced Certificate Programs
Advanced, or graduate, certificates are designed to provide focused study to support particular career interest. The certificates are offered online and all of the graduate programs use the Internet to link faculty and students, and to extend the learning experience.
Admission to the certificate programs requires the applicant to submit an official transcript of their bachelor’s degree along with a complete application. All admitted students are assigned an academic advisor. Please see the admission procedure on page 62 for additional information.
If a student is admitted to a certificate program and later decides to apply to a master’s degree program, the student must complete the full master’s admission process. Successful completion of a certificate does not guarantee admission to a master’s degree program.
Students may complete a certificate by itself or combine it with a master’s degree program. If a certificate is completed by itself, it is not eligible for financial aid. If the certificate is combined with a master’s degree, financial aid will cover the certificate courses that apply to the master’s degree. If interested in completing a certificate and a master’s degree at the same time, you should discuss this with your academic advisor. While students can complete multiple certificates, only one can be applied toward a master’s degree. If a student is admitted to more than one certificate program, these programs must be completed sequentially.