Obtaining a Certificate

Students obtain a certificate by completing a concentration of courses in a specialized subject area (the number of courses and credits varies by program). After acquiring a certificate, students may choose to apply their credits toward a degree program in the same or related field of study.


  • Students choose to major in a certificate program.
  • Students are advised on what classes need to be completed to obtain the certificate.
  • Students may meet with their advisor/coordinators during the course of their studies.
  • When students are enrolled in their last course for completion of the certificate program, the student must fill out the appropriate certificate form (see below).
  • The form must be turned into the Registrar’s Office.
  • The Registrar Associate responsible for degree conferral/certificate completion will perform an audit. This will tell the Registrar Associate if this student has met all Certificate Requirements. After that has been confirmed a statement will be administered on the student’s transcript.
  • Another Registrar Associate will print the certificate and mail it to the student’s home address.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Certificate candidates are not eligible to participate in a graduation ceremony.