How do I earn a certificate?
What is a certificate?
A certificate is an added endorsement of emphasis work in a particular area. Unlike a minor, a certificate appears on your diploma and is generally fewer credits. While a minor has to be earned at the same time as your degree, you can earn a certificate if you are on a different catalog and even after graduation. The new curriculum is aligned to allow you to earn many certificates with your elective courses.
How do I earn one?
Certificates can be earned while satisfying degree requirements. To obtain a certificate, you must:
- Complete the number of credits required for the certificate
- Have already earned, or earn in conjunction with the certificate, an associate or baccalaureate degree unless otherwise indicated,
- Attain a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher,
- Attain a grade of C- or higher in all upper-division courses required for that certificate,
- Not have a grade of I (incomplete) on your record,
- Complete all other requirements specified by the program or department offering the certificate,
- Complete graduation application by posted deadline, and
- Be in good academic standing with the university.
What catalog do I use?
If you’ve moved to the new curriculum and are on the 20/21 catalog, then you can find the certificates by following the steps for ‘change-my-major’ found below. You should see the certificate option there.