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How do I earn a certificate?

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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.

Find certificate options

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.

Change my Major

If you’re on an older catalog, you can still add a certificate, but you’ll have to file the Catalog Year Update form to do so.

Catalog Year Update Form