Advanced Certificates

Graduate certificates provide focused study to support a specific career interest. Certificates are offered online and can be completed as an individual credential or incorporated into a related master's degree for those meeting program admission requirements. You can submit an application for admission during our Application Review period.

Our graduate certificate programs offer:

  • Online course flexibility
  • Advising by the certificate program coordinator
  • Three to Five courses (9-15 credits), unless otherwise noted
  • Fall, spring, or summer starts for new students
  • Summer 8-week or 15-week terms

Apply for a Graduate Certificate Program

Current Master's Degree Students

If you are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program, you may add an advanced certificate to your current degree program by completing the online GradCAS application and paying the nonrefundable $50 orientation fee.

Future Students

To apply for a graduate certificate program, please complete an online GradCAS application, pay the nonrefundable $50 orientation fee, and have an official transcript sent directly from the institution that awarded your bachelor's degree to GradCAS.

If you have any questions about the application process, you can reach the Graduate Outreach and Admissions team at


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