I. OBJECTIVE & PURPOSE
This policy establishes the guidelines for graduate credit-bearing certificate programs.
II. STATEMENT OF POLICY
Credit bearing, graduate certificate programs are comprised of related courses that constitute a coherent body of study within a discipline. These programs must be approved through the university and faculty governance processes. Furthermore, these programs must establish student-learning outcomes and assess the extent to which students achieve these outcomes. This is done via the Graduate Academic Learning Compact (GALC). Additional information about the assessment of learning outcomes can be found in the GALC policy. GALC must be developed for all graduate certificate programs.
The number of graduate credits within a graduate certificate program cannot be less than 9 or more than one-half of the credits necessary for a related master's degree. Certificate programs approved prior to the implementation of this policy are exempt from these credit limitations.
Student pursuing a graduate certificate will be required to meet the same academic requirements as those defined for degree-seeking students to remain in "good standing."
All graduate certificate students must meet all prerequisites for courses in which they wish to enroll.
Application of Credits Towards Degree Programs
When concurrently enrolled in a graduate degree program, and with the approval of the sponsoring college, students can apply required coursework to both the graduate certificate program and, if applicable, their chosen graduate degree program. Students cannot return for a retroactive certificate award following graduation. Students who have graduated from a degree program and wish to return to pursue a graduate certificate will need to apply to the Graduate School, and the specific certificate program, and pay a new application fee.
If a student later returns to UNF to earn a graduate degree, up to 12 hours of UNF credit earned as a graduate certificate student may be applied to satisfy graduate degree requirements. Any application of such credit must be approved by the graduate program and must be appropriate to the program. It should be noted that not all programs allow credit earned as part of a graduate certificate to be applied towards a similar graduate degree.
Completion of Program Requirements
Students are subject to the individual requirements of the graduate certificate program and will need to complete at least fifty percent of the required coursework in residence at the university (e.g., face-to-face, distance learning). Successful completion of the graduate certificate program will be noted on the student's official transcript separately from his or her degree program.
The graduate certificate is not viewed as a guaranteed means of entry into a graduate degree program.
III. STATEMENT OF PROCEDURES
Admissions to Graduate Certificate Programs
Currently enrolled UNF students who wish to pursue a graduate certificate program are required to apply through the graduate school and be accepted to the desired program in accordance with program-specific admissions criteria. No application fee is required.
1. All students applying for graduate level certificate programs will submit an application to The Graduate School.
2. The Graduate School will refer the application to the appropriate department for an admission decision.
3. Each program will develop its own admission criteria for certificate programs.
4. Acceptance to the graduate certificate program is dependent on student eligibility and, if required, departmental approval.
Certificate and Transcripts
Once the program coursework is satisfied the student may be eligible to receive a document acknowledging completion that is separate from a diploma conferral. Printing and conferring all completion documents from university certificate programs will be the sole responsibility of the Registrar. All materials required to print and package the completion documents will also be housed within Enrollment Services.