Graduate Certificate Guidelines
The following are provided as guidelines for Graduate School policy on the establishment and operation of Graduate Certificates.
Graduate Certificate Associates or Affiliates. A graduate certificate requires a viable group of faculty who participate in delivering the courses comprising the curriculum or who are otherwise associated with the curriculum or its topical area. At all times, a minimum of three of these Associates shall be members of the Graduate Faculty.
Graduate Certificate Director. A graduate certificate shall have a designated Director, who shall be appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. The Director will speak for the certificate curriculum and its Associates on matters such as admission to and successful completion of the graduate certificate by students, enforcement of certificate requirements, maintenance of records, and so forth. The Director must be a member of the Graduate Faculty of the University.
Certificate Curriculum. A graduate certificate shall have a clear and focused academic topic or competency as its subject; meet a clearly defined educational need of a constituency group, such as required continuing-education or accreditation for a particular profession; respond to a specific state mandate; or provide a basic competency in an emerging, preferably interdisciplinary, topic.
The length of the certificate curriculum must be a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours and should encompass no more than 15 graduate credit hours, so as to provide a minimum core content, yet be clearly distinguishable from a degree program. The courses involved must be offered sufficiently frequently so that the student may complete the certificate in a reasonable period of time.
Admission Requirements. The minimum Graduate School requirements for admission to a certificate curriculum a