Learn about the requirements you need to complete to earn a graduate certificate at UMGC.
In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each graduate certificate webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all certificates. The requirements that apply to you are those that were in effect when you began continuous enrollment at UMGC.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022–2023 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.
Overall Certificate Requirements
- You must be admitted as a UMGC student.
- You may pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate.
- No more than 6 credits may be earned through transfer from other schools.
- You must satisfy all required prerequisites for certificate courses. You may need to fulfill some prerequisites before beginning certificate coursework.
- You must complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of B (3.0) in all courses.
- Certificate courses may not be taken pass/fail.
- Graduate students may only complete certificates at the graduate level.
Time Limits for Graduate Certificates
You must complete the requirements for a graduate certificate within five consecutive years. The time limit is calculated from the term in which you successfully complete the first credit course that applies to the program. It does not include the introductory courses DCL 600 and (6 Credits, CBR 600) but does include courses transferred from other institutions.
Earning a Second Certificate
If you have already received a certificate from UMGC, you can broaden your education by earning a second certificate in a different discipline. The same requirements detailed above apply for all certificates.
If you have earned a certificate from UMGC and want to pursue an additional certificate at UMGC at the same level, you must complete at least 12 credits of new coursework to be eligible. You may not apply coursework twice (i.e., double count, or repeat courses to fulfill the requirements of the additional credential). On a case-by-case basis, UMGC may consider limited substitutions for coursework that is required for more than one certificate to allow you to complete a second certificate. If this is not possible, you will need to choose an alternate program if you wish to complete another credential at UMGC.
Before beginning work toward or registering for a second certificate, consult an academic advisor. Advisors will be glad to explain the requirements and situations that require department approval.