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Important considerations for students considering a certificate program

Graduate certificates require 14-16 credits for completion. The total credits needed for the completion of a master’s degree and a supplemental graduate certificate will likely exceed the 42-45 credits required for the master’s degree alone. Students may apply certificate requirements as open elective courses toward the 42-45 credits required for master’s degrees; however, no course may be counted as a required course for both a concentration/degree program and a graduate certificate.

The graduate certificates allow for a second area of focus and promote interdisciplinary study. Most graduate certificates are designed as a second area for students outside the student’s home department or degree program. Students who are eligible and opt to pursue a certificate within their home department must ensure that requirements for the degree and the certificate do not overlap. Credit for the certificate will not be granted in  circumstances where coursework overlaps. Two certificates (Clinical and Translational Research and Genetic Epidemiology) are geared to students with designated backgrounds. Click on individual certificate programs above to learn more.

*Financial aid can be provided only to students who are pursuing a degree program. Students are eligible for financial aid for a certificate program only ;if they are currently enrolled in a degree program. They are not eligible once they have completed their graduate program and a master’s degree has been awarded.