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The Graduate College Handbook

for students, faculty and staff – August 2018

B. Certificates of Advanced Study

Some departments offer a Certificate of Advanced Study for students who are interested in additional professional training beyond the master's degree but are not planning to obtain the doctoral degree. A master’s degree is required for admission to these degree programs.

Certificates of Advanced Study:

  1. Credit Hour Requirements. These programs require completion of at least 32 semester hours of course work beyond the master's degree. However, requirements do vary, and information concerning specific Advanced Certificate programs is available from departmental offices and in the appropriate Academic Catalog.
  2. Time Limits. A candidate for Certificate of Advanced Study is expected to complete all degree requirements within five years of first registering as a degree-seeking student in the degree program, unless the student is enrolled in a program with a different time limit that has been approved by the Graduate College. Students may request an extension of this time limit through the Graduate College petition process up to one year prior to the degree conferral date. When supporting petitions for extensions of time to degree, it is the program's responsibility to determine whether old course work is still relevant to the current degree.