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Certificate in Cognate Area

Scope: Graduate Students are covered by this policy.


Certificate in Cognate Area


The Graduate School offers certificate programs in many areas that can be earned in concert with or independently from degree programs. Certificates may range from twelve (12) to twenty (20) graduate credits (500 or above). Students earning a certificate receive a printed certificate, but not a diploma. These programs are described in detail in the Graduate Bulletin and are open to students who have been admitted to the Graduate School and have met Graduate School and program prerequisites.  All graduate certificates must have specific learning outcomes, an assessment plan, and have an assessment report submitted in accordance with university assessment guidelines.

Time Limits for Certificate Completion

Students must complete the coursework and earn the Graduate Certificate within five (5) years of being admitted to the certificate program.  This limit applies to all certificate-seeking students, both full-time and part-time.

Note: Students have until December 31st of the fifth year to complete the certificate. For example, a student first registering in the summer of 2016 has through December of 2021 to complete the certificate.


Related Form(s)

Not Applicable.

Additional Resources and Procedures


Graduate Bulletin


Not Applicable.

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Legal Authority

Not Applicable.

Compliance Policy


Revision History

 Amended 2020

Reference ID

Graduate Handbook 4.3

Reviewing Bodies

  • Administrative
  • University Senate