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Certificate Requirements

The curriculum of a graduate certificate program is a set of academic courses identified by the university as suitable for properly qualified students who wish to study a clearly delineated topic within a disciplinary or interdisciplinary setting. The curriculum may include both specific courses and a selection of elective courses.

Credit Requirements

The program of study leading to a graduate certificate must satisfy the following two stipulations:

  1. the total credit requirement cannot exceed one half (1/2) of the total number of credits required by the most closely related master’s degree program offered by the university
  2. the total credit requirement must include at least nine (9) graduate credits earned in courses exclusive of university wide graduate courses 591-598, 686-693, and 696-697.

Any deviation by the certificate curriculum from these two stipulations must be approved by the Graduate Council. A limited number of credits earned in undergraduate courses may be applied to meet the credit requirements (refer to Restrictions on Certain Courses). At least two thirds (2/3) of the total credit requirement must be earned at Boise State University after admission to the program. All credit must be academic credit and must be approved for application by the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Culminating Activity

A culminating activity is normally not a requirement of a graduate certificate program but is not precluded from being a requirement. If a culminating activity is required, it must be of limited scope relative to the culminating activity required by the most closely related master’s degree program offered by the university. The culminating activity must be represented in the total credit requirements using an appropriate course.

Duration of Graduate Study

All requirements for a graduate certificate (including transfer courses) must be started and completed within a single continuous interval of no more than four (4) years. This single continuous interval includes summers and any semesters in which the student is not enrolled. In addition, it must encompass all courses applied to the certificate, including transfer courses.