- Students must apply and be accepted into the graduate certificate area of study to be eligible to receive a certificate.
- Minimum requirements for admission are an earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university.
- 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.
- Prospective non‐degree seeking graduate certificate students must meet University graduate admissions grade point average requirements.
- Students are encouraged to contact the appropriate advisor prior to applying.
- All students who wish to pursue approved graduate certificates must be admitted prior to completion of their second graduate certificate course.
- 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.”
- The School will note successful completion of a certificate on the student’s transcript upon completion.
- 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.”
- All graduate certificate students may apply one graduate course to two graduate certificates.
- All graduate certificate students must meet all prerequisites for courses in which they wish to enroll.
- 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.
- For information on transfer of credit policies pertaining to Graduate Certificates, refer to the Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.
To receive a graduate certificate:
- Students must successfully complete certificate requirements as established by the university.
- Students must submit a completion form.
- Degree-seeking students must submit the completion form before graduating from their degree program.
- Non-degree-seeking students must submit the completion form no later than one semester after completing their certificate coursework.
- Students must have been awarded a bachelor’s or higher degree.