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WHAT IS A CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?

A certificate is a non-degree program verifying completion of baccalaureate or graduate degree-level work in an academic or occupationally-specific field of study. There are two types of certificate programs available:

  1. Credit Certificate Program:

    All instruction offered is on a for-credit basis and culminates in the conferral of a certificate. The program requires a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 24 credits. Exceptions may be granted in the case of curricular requirements established by a licensing board, state agency, or other oversight entity. There are three types of credit certificates at UVA:

    Undergraduate: Curriculum is composed of undergraduate-level courses and is typically pursued by students who do not have an undergraduate degree.
    Post Baccalaureate: Curriculum is composed of undergraduate-and graduate-level courses and is pursued by students who have an undergraduate degree.
    Graduate: Curriculum is composed of graduate-level courses and is typically pursued by students who have an undergraduate degree.

  2. A proposal for a new credit certificate program must be submitted as a notification to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) for review.  Depending on the nature of the proposal, a certificate program also may require Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approval.

  3. Professional (Non-Credit) Certificate Program:

Non-credit certificates are designed for students who want to learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, integrate professional training into their degree program, or enrich their understanding about a wide range of topics. Upon completion of a series of required non-credit courses, student will earn a non-credit certificate. SCHEV notification is not required.