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Certificates and Minors FAQ

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What is the definition of an Undergraduate Minor?

Minors represent a broad but solid foundation in a subject. They generally include a subset of an academic major and are intended for matriculated baccalaureate students. Minors are tracked via degree progress audits (DPAs) and are transcripted.

How many credit hours are in an Undergraduate Minor?

18-36 semester credit hours; this may entail additional prerequisite or co-requisite coursework not included in this count.

Are there specific rules for an Undergraduate Minor?

Yes. Minors generally do not include tracks; need not require capstone courses or experiences; should require at least one course be at 3000 level or above; may include prerequisite course grade or overall GPA requirements to begin or earn minor; may include residency requirements of no more than 50% of the credit hour requirement; and different "versions" of a minor are not permissible on different campuses.

How are Undergraduate Minors approved?

Minors are approved through college governance procedures.

What is the definition of an Undergraduate Certificate?

Certificates are intended to validate competency or knowledge of a skill or topic. They are generally not available in programs where majors are available and are intended for matriculated and non-matriculated students, with the exception as serving as a mechanism for student to earn “post-baccalaureate” minors. Although these certificates do not correspond to baccalaureate majors offered at UC, the included coursework should be at a level comparable to a minor. Undergraduate Certificates are tracked via degree progress audits (DPAs) and are transcripted.

How many credit hours are in an Undergraduate Certificate?

12-36 semester credit hours (not including prerequisite courses), unless otherwise specified by accreditation standards or recognizing professional practice.

Are there specific rules for an Undergraduate Certificate?

Yes. Undergraduate Certificates should require an admissions review process; need not require capstone courses or experiences; should require at least one course at 3000 level or above, unless otherwise specified by accreditation standards; should include course grade or GPA requirements to begin or earn certificate; may include residency requirements of no more than 50% of the credit hour requirement; for students not in a degree program, a certificate must include 16 hours for students to qualify for financial aid; and different “versions” of a certificate are not permissible on different campuses (and in particular, one college/campus may not offer a certificate in an area where another college offers a minor without cross-college consultation and alignment).

How are Undergraduate Certificates approved?

Undergraduate Certificates are approved through college governance procedures.

What are the rules regarding Graduate Certificates?

Graduate Certificates are intended to validate competency and knowledge of a skill or topic.  They may, but need not, compliment a degree program.  Some are available only to matriculated students; some are available to non-matriculated students.  All require a completed baccalaureate degree and some require a completed graduate or professional degree. Specific requirements include:

  • 12-24 semester credit hours (excluding prerequisites) unless otherwise required by accreditation standards or other external, professional credentialing organizations as approved by the Graduate School
  • All courses must be numbered 6000 and above
  • Minimum GPA is set by the program offering the certificate; 3.0 is minimum for awarding the certificate
  • Description of advanced skills and knowledge beyond a baccalaureate degree that students will obtain from the certificate
  • Are approved by the Graduate School via the Graduate Council process
  • Must require an admissions review process by certificate program faculty
  • Certificates may or may not lead to admission to a degree program. If the certificate is an admissions portal to a program, the program’s admissions requirements must be fully specified Certificates are tracked via DPAs and are transcripted

What are the rules for Professional Certificates?

Professional Certificates are offered at the regional campuses for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and who wish to acquire additional skills and knowledge. Specific requirements include:

  • Contain 24-37 semester credit hours, unless otherwise specified by accreditation standards
  • Consist of the technical courses of the college’s two-year, career-oriented programs
  • Require a baccalaureate degree to  begin or earn the certificate
  • Require admissions review process
  • Are approved following college governance procedures
  • Are tracked via DPAs and transcripted
What are the rules regarding Technical Certificates?

Rules for Technical Certificates are set by OBR: http://regents.ohio.gov/academic_programs/2yr/2yrmanual.pdf.