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:
- A minimum of four (maximum of five) graduate level courses from a designated set of courses
- A minimum of 12 credits
- Courses must be taken for credit, and not graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U)
- Courses may not be selected from a diploma program
- Academic unit prepares and approves proposal
- Proposal is submitted to Faculty Graduate Studies Committee (FGSC) for approval
- FGSC circulates proposal to other faculties (firstname.lastname@example.org) for review and comments; any new courses are also sent to other faculties for an overlap check and sent to the library (email@example.com) for a library review
- FGSC submits proposal to Senate Graduate Studies Committee (SGSC) for approval
- SGSC submits proposal to Senate Committee on University Priorities (SCUP) for approval
- SCUP submits proposal to Senate for approval
- 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.