Graduate Catalog
2018-2019
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Graduate School Policies
Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates can be awarded to individuals who do not desire to work toward a degree as well as to students who are working on graduate degrees.  Of the graduate course work (5000-level or higher courses) for the certificate, at least 2/3 must be graded course work taken on the A/F grading option.  Certificates must include a minimum of 9 credit hours of Virginia Tech graduate course work credits.  No transfer credits can be applied to graduate certificates.  No more than 50% of the credits for a graduate certificate can be double-counted across multiple graduate certificates. All credits for a graduate certificate can duplicate credits on a degree plan of study.  All grades for certificate courses must be "C" or higher and the overall certificate GPA must be 3.0 or higher.  The specific requirements for each certificate can be found on the Graduate School Certificate Page: https://secure.graduateschool.vt.edu/graduate_catalog/certificates.htm.  Certificate candidates must be admitted to the Graduate School and formally accepted to the certificate program: http://graduateschool.vt.edu/admissions/how-to-apply.html

Upon successful completion of certificate requirements, an Application For Certificate Conferral
 http://graduateschool.vt.edu/content/dam/graduateschool_vt_edu/GAAPforms/Application_for_Degree_or_Certificate.pdf must be signed by the department and submitted by the Application for Degree deadline in the term in which the certificate will be awarded.  Meeting this deadline is necessary for the student's name to appear in the commencement bulletin. http://graduateschool.vt.edu/academics/commencement_deadlines.