Many times, a working professional is interested in gaining more experience and knowledge in a specific area. Graduate Certificates allow students the benefit of specialization in only four to five courses. A Certificate may be completed along with a degree program or unaccompanied as a career enhancer. To meet these needs, the College offers certificate programs in various disciplines. Several courses are offered through Distance Education. Certificate programs are comprised of four or five courses which also could be applied towards a degree.
A student admitted into the Engineering College graduate program may choose to complete a four or five course graduate certificate. Although many Engineering graduate students choose one of these areas of concentration during their graduate studies, it is not necessary to complete a certificate program as part of the master's degree. It is also not necessary to complete the master's degree program in order to receive a certificate. Some students choose only to complete the four or five courses required for a particular certificate and not pursue the master's degree. In either case, a graduate student who completes the four or five courses in a certificate program with an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater in those courses will receive a certificate indicating the successful completion of the certificate program.