A professional development certificate program is a series of courses clustered together to provide specific educational training towards qualification in a skill area. Students are required to meet the same rigorous academic standards and outcomes as the degree-seeking students. A certificate program will consist of a minimum of 12 credit hours, not including any pre-requisite course work needed. All credits towards a certificate program must be completed at SWU.
Submission of proof of a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required for enrollment in all required professional development courses in a certificate program. Go to certificate program Admissions Requirements .
Tuition rates and fees apply for all certificate programs. Students enrolled in certificate programs share the same resources and support services as degree-seeking graduate students including the online bookstore, disability services and chaplain services.
Certificate Programs offer noncredit professional development courses that, upon completion of a grade of Pass (equivalent to a grade of C or higher on a standard grading scale) for all required courses, will lead to a professional certificate.
Courses completed through the certificate program are for noncredit and do not apply toward a degree program. Academic transcripts are not produced for professional development courses or for proof of completion of the certificate program. A certificate of recognition and a letter of completion will be issued to students who successfully complete the required courses for the certificate program. Certificate-seeking students who fail to complete the requirements for the certificate will receive neither the certificate of recognition nor a letter of completion.
Students may elect to earn graduate-level credit for upon successful completion of their first professional development course or upon completion of the certificate program if they meet the following requirements: admission requirements for the appropriate graduate degree program; are accepted into the degree program; and pay the required transcription fee for the completed professional development course(s). For a professional development course to be considered for transfer into the appropriate degree program, the student must earn a grade of C or higher. However, the School of Business allows for no more than two grades below B- for students enrolled in a graduate degree program to remain in good academic standing. A student who earns grades lower than B- for two courses, including grades earned in professional development certificate courses, will meet with the assigned academic success coach and will receive a letter of academic warning from the Provost. If another course grade lower than B- is earned, the student will not be permitted to continue in the degree program.