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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. Certificates require 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 mostly 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.

    In addition to UVA reviews, a proposal for a new credit certificate program must be submitted to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) for approval.  Depending on the nature of the proposal, a certificate program also may require Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approval. See policy on Establishing Certificate Programs.

  2. Professional (Non-Credit) Certificate Program:

    All instruction is offered on a non-credit basis and culminates in the conferral of a professional (non-credit) certificate by the University. Requires internal UVA approvals only (SCHEV notification is not required).  See policy on establishing Certificate Programs.  

    Please email any questions to accreditation@virginia.edu.

Institutional Research and Analytics (IRA) staff will advise and coordinate with the appropriate school contact to manage process requirements, including providing relevant sample materials to guide the work. Students may not be admitted into a certificate program until approvals are complete and the program has been created in the Student Information System (SIS).