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.

Legistative History

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

Cross References

Sec. 2.43.08