Graduate Certificate Programs

The University of Cincinnati offers graduate certificate programs. Certificates vary in both credit hours and in how they are configured: for instance, some can be earned only in conjunction with a degree; some require a master’s degree as a prerequisite, and some can be earned outside of a degree program. Applicants must apply for admission to a certificate program.

Graduate College general guidelines are as follows:

  • Students must hold a baccalaureate degree.
  • Certificate programs may enroll degree seeking and non-degree seeking students.
  • For students matriculated into a degree program, credit hours earned under a certificate program may count toward a degree in any program if approved by the program director, and if requirements for the certificate and degree are completed the student will be awarded both. Credits earned while matriculated in a certificate program will count as credits matriculated in a degree. 
  • Students can apply a single course to multiple certificates but only to ONE master’s or doctoral degree. 
  • Students can obtain more than one certificate within the same program prior to attaining their master’s degree. 
  • Students apply for a certificate program just like applying for a degree program, and must pay any relevant application fee. 
  • Students enrolled only in a graduate certificate program are not eligible for tuition or stipend support with university funds (University Graduate Assistantship/Graduate Scholarship funds).

If a student is interested, the student should contact the appropriate program office to obtain the specific criteria and prerequisites for the desired certificate.