Admissions Requirements

  1. Students must apply and be accepted into the graduate certificate area of study to be eligible to receive a certificate.
  2. Minimum requirements for admission are an earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Each graduate certificate area of study sets the requirements for admission, including minimum grade-point average, standardized test scores, and other similar criteria as part of the application.
  4. Prospective non‐degree seeking graduate certificate students must meet University graduate admissions grade point average requirements.
  5. Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate advisor prior to applying.
  6. All students who wish to pursue approved graduate certificates must be admitted prior to completion of their second graduate certificate course.
  7. Certificate-seeking-students not currently enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program will be admitted into a separate classification within the University, and will be classified as “Graduate Certificate Students.”
  8. The School will note successful completion of a certificate on the student’s transcript upon completion.
  9. Students pursuing a graduate certificate will be required to meet the same academic requirements as those defined for degree-seeking students to remain in “good standing.”
  10. All graduate certificate students may apply one graduate course to two graduate certificates.
  11. All graduate certificate students must meet all prerequisites for courses in which they wish to enroll.
  12. Should a graduate certificate student subsequently apply and be accepted to a degree-granting program, up to twelve (12) hours of USF System credit earned as a graduate certificate student may be applied to satisfy graduate degree requirements.  Any application of such credit must be approved by the degree-granting college and must be appropriate to the program.
  13. For information on transfer of credit policies pertaining to Graduate Certificates, refer to the Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

Completion Requirements

To receive a graduate certificate:

  1. Students must successfully complete certificate requirements as established by the university.
  2. Students must submit a completion form.
  3. Degree-seeking students must submit the completion form before graduating from their degree program.
  4. Non-degree-seeking students must submit the completion form no later than one semester after completing their certificate coursework.
  5. Students must have been awarded a bachelor’s or higher degree.