A certificate from the UConn provides post-baccalaureate students with critical knowledge in a specific field or niche. UConn’s certificate programs may be offered face to face, entirely online, or in a blended/hybrid format. Those that involve a substantial online component are predominantly administered through UConn eCampus. Post-baccalaureate and graduate certificates can often be completed in a single year, allowing working professionals to update their skill sets or expand into an emerging area quickly.
Both post-baccalaureate and graduate certificate programs are offered through the Graduate School. Students are awarded certificates based upon completion of a well-defined program of coursework. A certificate is not a degree. Rather, it is a focused series of courses that, when completed, demonstrates competence in a coherent academic specialty. Detailed information concerning criteria and procedures may be obtained from certificate program coordinators.
To be awarded a certificate, a student must satisfactorily complete (grades of B [not B-] or higher) a specified set of courses consisting of 12 to 15 credits. In certain cases where the appropriate programs have obtained specific prior approval, one 3-credit course may be used simultaneously to satisfy course requirements in two different certificate programs. In a small number of cases where detailed justification has been provided, a certificate program may require as few as nine credits. A student may enroll in a certificate program on either a part-time or a full-time basis, but the student must complete the requirements for the certificate within three years of initial enrollment.
Admission to a certificate program does not guarantee admission to a related degree program, but if a certificate student is admitted to a degree program, all credits from the certificate may be counted toward the graduate degree, subject to the approval of graduate program faculty in that field of study. The terminal date associated with the degree will be determined using the date of the first certificate class as the initial date of enrollment for the degree. Students should contact graduate program coordinators to determine whether credits earned as part of a certificate program satisfy degree requirements of any particular degree program.