2.43.12 Guidelines for Undergraduate Certificate Programs  

An Undergraduate Certificate Program is for students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate coursework or who have previously earned an undergraduate degree and who would like to add a certification to their current or past degree program. The Certificate Program may be within a single discipline or multidisciplinary, and is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge that is less extensive than an undergraduate major. These programs may be directed at three groups of individuals: 1) WSU undergraduate students pursuing a major in a related field; 2) WSU undergraduate students pursuing a major in another department; and 3) students who have previously earned a baccalaureate level degree at Wayne State or another institution and want a further concentration in a related field.  

Specific guidelines for an Undergraduate Certificate Program are:  
  • Program proposals shall include description, curriculum, admission requirements, rationale, resource requirements, budget, program standards, and evaluation plans for the proposed program.  
  • The program shall be open to Wayne State University students who have completed at least 60 credit hours and have a grade point average of 2.0 or above. The program shall also be open to students who have previously earned a baccalaureate level degree at Wayne State or another institution. Individual Undergraduate Certificate Programs may set higher admissions standards or other requirements for eligibility.  
  • The program shall consist of at least 15 semester credits of advanced courses at the undergraduate level (3000- to 6000- level). All credits must be earned at Wayne State. No transfer credits can be applied. Students who have completed their bachelor's degree may apply up to 9 credits to the Undergraduate Certificate requirements at the discretion of the department.  
  • The curriculum should focus on content and skills that are at an advanced undergraduate level. Where appropriate, the courses and/or curriculum should include projects and reports of an integrative, design, or research nature.  
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.0 must be achieved for courses in the particular certificate program to obtain an Undergraduate Certificate. Students must have completed identified prerequisites for each course in order to register for that course.  

The Certificate Program will be comprised only of undergraduate-level courses. Up to 12 of the credit hours of coursework taken toward a student's first Undergraduate Certificate may also be used to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements. Additional Undergraduate Certificates for a particular student will require all certificate credits to be in addition to the undergraduate degree requirements. Credits applied to an Undergraduate Certificate cannot be applied toward a subsequent Wayne State University graduate degree.  
  • Undergraduate Certificates will be awarded upon completion of the related bachelor's program. Or, if the student already has been awarded the bachelor's degree, the certificate will be awarded upon completion of the certificate program.  
  • The program should utilize existing courses, facilities, and resources to the extent possible.  
  • The usual University approval procedures shall be followed in establishing such programs.

Legislative History

Adopted Official Proceedings (24 September 2008)

Cross References

Sec. 2.43.01, Sec. 2.43.07, Sec. 2.43.08, Sec. 2.43.10