Academic Certificate Policies
A baccalaureate certificate program (as distinguished from the one-year Certificate Degree Program offered by community and technical colleges) is a specialized curriculum designed for students seeking a specific body of knowledge for personal/career development. A certificate is awarded with the degree and comprises 12 to 18 credits, which may overlap with other degree requirements. The certificate appears on the student’s transcript and the institution will issue an official certificate of completion.
Academic certificates at the undergraduate level may only be awarded simultaneously with a baccalaureate degree. Completion of an academic certificate will be noted on students’ transcripts.
Certificate programs may require admission to the certificate program prior to enrollment in specified certificate courses. Students must be admitted to the certificate program in order to be awarded the certificate.
See information on Undergraduate Multiple Curricula on the Academic Definitions tab for rules concerning the application of credits.