General Requirements for Advanced Degrees

Graduate Certificates

Area Certificates

A number of departments offer area certificate programs that students may complete through concurrent study. Such certificates can be pursued only in conjunction with a degree program and cannot be awarded independently.  For further information, please see the departmental entries in this bulletin. 

Stand-Alone Certificates

Graduate certificates are offered in some fields to allow a focused credential to be earned by a person who has already earned an undergraduate degree, whether or not the person is currently enrolled in an Indiana University master's or doctoral program. The courses taken are typically the same as those taken for other degrees, but a more limited number of courses is required for the certificate. Graduate certificates typically involve a predetermined curriculum of 16 to 20 credit hours.

Students enrolled in stand-alone certificate programs who wish to subsequently pursue an advanced de­gree must make separate application to the University Gradu­ate School and must have specific permission of the faculty of their degree program to use any credits earned as a certificate student for the more advanced degree.

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