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Graduate Certificate Requirements

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 2023–2024 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 complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of B (3.0) in all courses.
  • Certificate courses may not be taken pass/fail.
  • You may pursue up to four certificates at a time.
  • 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. This does not include the introductory courses—CBR 600, DCL 600, and DCL 600—but does include courses transferred in 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 graduate certificate from UMGC and want to pursue an additional graduate certificate at UMGC, you must complete at least 12 credits of new coursework to be eligible. No substitutions to the program are available. If the coursework required for one graduate certificate program significantly overlaps with coursework for another graduate certificate program, it may not be possible for you to earn both certificates. In such cases, 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.

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