2.43.07 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs; Guidelines  
  A post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program is for students who hold Bachelor Degrees, but do not have graduate program status. It is basically undergraduate and does not substitute for a Master's Degree. It is appropriate for students who have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in another area and who desire to change fields. Such a program serves mainly three groups of students: a) those who are changing fields and require the equivalent of the undergraduate program in a new discipline; b) those who wish to prepare themselves for entry into a graduate degree program; and c) those students who wish to develop skills or add a body of knowledge for personal development or career growth. Completion of a coherent prescribed set of courses will provide the student with an official Post-Baccalaureate Certificate appropriate to the program.  
  Specific guidelines for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program are:  
  The program shall be open only to students who possess a Bachelor Degree from an accredited institution. Normally, such a student will be in a post-Bachelor status at Wayne State University.  
  The program should consist of at least 24 Semester credits of academic work, and must consist of University-level courses, of which usually a minimum of 18 Semester credits must be taken at Wayne State University. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 must be achieved to obtain a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.  
  The programs should utilize existing courses, facilities, and resources.  
  The Certificate Program will comprise only undergraduate-level (i.e., 100 through 600) courses. Up to four 500- and 600-level courses may be designated for which the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students in that course may elect to do the work required of graduate students in that course. A student subsequently admitted to the Graduate School may petition to be allowed graduate credit for no more than two (6 to 8 Semester credits) courses in which such election was made and passed with a grade of "B" or better. The petition must be approved by the Department, School/College, and Graduate School.  
  Program proposals should include description, curriculum, rationale, resource requirements, budget, program standards, and evaluation plans for the proposed program.  
  The usual University approval procedures shall be followed in establishing such programs.

Legislative History

Adopted(1) 6-0; Official Proceedings 28:3923 (23 March 1984)

Cross References

Sec. 2.43.08