Graduate Certificate Programs

Purpose and Characteristics

Graduate certificates are for those students who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree and who are interested in completing a further credential in a specific area to further their knowledge and skills beyond their degree.


Certificate programs must include the following:

  1. A minimum of four (maximum of five) graduate level courses from a designated set of courses
  2. A minimum of 12 credits
  3. Courses must be taken for credit, and not graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U)
  4. Courses may not be selected from a diploma program

Sample proposal

Approval process

  1. Academic unit prepares and approves proposal
  2. Proposal is submitted to Faculty Graduate Studies Committee (FGSC) for approval
  3. FGSC circulates proposal to other faculties ( for review and comments; any new courses are also sent to other faculties for an overlap check and sent to the library ( for a library review
  4. FGSC submits proposal to Senate Graduate Studies Committee (SGSC) for approval
  5. SGSC submits proposal to Senate Committee on University Priorities (SCUP) for approval
  6. SCUP submits proposal to Senate for approval
  7. Senate submits proposal to Board of Governors (BOG) for the approval of fees

NOTE: Tuition fees should be discussed at an early stage by the proposers of the program, the relevant faculty dean, and the Vice-President, Academic.

Related Senate Documents