Programs have various options when developing specialized studies for postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional students. A certificate program is a formal program of courses and other related experiences in a field of specialization. In some disciplines, a certificate is akin to a professional credential, while in others, a certificate is recognition of competence in a given skill, practice, or field of study. Like an academic degree, a certificate program is offered by a host academic school, department, or curriculum and is related to an academic area of study. It carries academic credit. The campus encourages interdisciplinary and inter-institutional certificate programs where appropriate. All certificate programs that award academic credit, regardless of intended audience, are governed within The Graduate School through policies set forth by the Office of the Provost.
For additional information about certificate programs, please see gradschool.unc.edu/policies/certificates.html.