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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog
Section 11 - Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates Offered | Graduate Certificate Policies

Office of Graduate Certificates

University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., SVC 1072
Tampa, FL 33620-8470

Web address:
Email address:
Coordinator: Kathy Barnes

Graduate Certificates

Following is an alphabetical list of Graduate Certificates offered at USF. Some certificates may be currently inactive and new certificates may now be available. For information about Graduate Certificates currently offered and certificate requirements, go to the Graduate Certificate website at:

Academic Advising
Addictions and Substance Abuse Counseling
Africana Studies
Aging and Neuroscience
Aging Studies
American Culture and Society
Joint SAS/USF Certificate in Analytics and Business Intelligence
Applied Behavior Analysis
Applied Biostatistics
Applied Linguistics
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Behavioral Research to Immersion to Develop Graduate Excellence (BRIDGE) INACTIVE
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology INACTIVE
Biomedical Ethics INACTIVE
Brain Fitness and Memory Management
Business Foundations
Cardiovascular Engineering
Career Counseling*
Children's Mental Health**
Climate Change and Sustainability
Clinical Aging Studies
Clinical Investigation**
College Student Affairs
College Teaching*
Community Development
Comparative Literary Studies
Compliance, Risk, and Anti-Money Laundering
Concepts and Tools of Epidemiology
Creative Writing
Crime Scene Investigations for Violent Crimes
Criminal Justice Administration*
Cuban Studies
Cyber Intelligence
Cybersecurity Education and Awareness
Diasporas and Health Disparities
Digital Forensics
Digital Music Education**
Disabilities Education: Severe and/or Profound
Disaster Management**
Environmental Health
Environmental Policy and Management
Epidemiology of Infectious Disease
Exceptional Student Education
Film and New Media Studies
Foreign Language Education: Professional
Foreign Language Education: Culture and Content
Genocide and Human Rights
Geographical Information Systems
Geriatric Social Work/Clinical Gerontology
Gifted Education**INACTIVE
Global Health and Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Global Health Practice
Globalization Studies
Global Sustainability
Health Analytics
Health Care Risk Management & Patient Safety
Health Informatics
Health Management and Leadership*
Health, Safety & Environment
Health Sciences
Hearing Specialist: Early Intervention
Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies
Human Resources
Humanitarian Assistance**
Infection Control
Information Assurance Instructional Technology: Distance Education**
Instructional Technology: Florida Digital Educator**
Instructional Technology: Instructional Design*
Instructional Technology: Multimedia Design
Instructional Technology: Web Design**
Integrated STEM Education Grades 6-9
Integrative Health Coaching
Integrative Mental Health Care
Integrative Oncology
Intellectual Property
Interdisciplinary Transportation
Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Leadership in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
Leadership in Developing Human Resources
Marriage and Family Therapy
Materials Science and Engineering
Maternal Child Health Epidemiology***
Maternal and Child Health
Medical Anthropology
Medical Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology
Medicine and Gender
Mental Health Counseling*
Mental Health Planning, Evaluation and Accountability INACTIVE
Molecular Medicine
Multimedia Journalism*
Museum Studies
Nonprofit Management
Nursing Education INACTIVE
Nursing and Healthcare Informatics*INACTIVE
Occupational Health Nursing**INACTIVE
Pre-professional Pharmacy **
Pharmacy Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Management
Pharmacy Update and Practice Management
Planning for Healthy Communities
Political Science INACTIVE
Positive Behavior Support
Post-Masters Clinical Nurse Leader
Post Masters in Higher Education Leadership
Post Master's Nurse Practitioner
Post Master's Educational Leadership (K-12)
Professional Engineering Excellence (APEX)
Post-Master's: Library and Information Science*
Project Management
Professional and Technical Communication
Program in National and Competitive Intelligence
Public Health Generalist**
Public Health Policy and Programs**
Public Management
Qualitative Research
Reading *
Regulatory Affairs - Medical Devices**
Rehabilitation Technology
Renewable Energy
Research Administration
Safety Management
Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Experiences, and Collaborative Training (SELECT) (XHS)
School Counseling Post-Masters
School Library Media Specialist*
Smart Grid Power Systems
Social Marketing & Social Change
Social Science Education
Statistical Data Analysis
Strategic Intelligence
Sustainable Placemaking
Systems Engineering**
Teacher Leadership
Teaching and Communicating Ocean Sciences Broader Impacts
Teaching Composition
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
Teaching in Pharmacy NEW
Technology Management**
Total Quality Management**
Toxicology and Risk Assessment
Transatlantic Studies
Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health
Transportation Systems Analysis**
Water, Health and Sustainability
Wireless Engineering**
Women's Health
Women's and Gender Studies

* Partially online
**Fully online
***Online Certificate is Inactive

Graduate Certificate Policies

The areas of study for the Graduate Certificates are created within the mission of graduate education. Students will be awarded certificates upon completion of specific course work, which has been approved by the Graduate Council. The graduate certificate is not defined as a degree by the Office of Graduate Studies; rather, it is a focused collection of courses that, when completed, affords the student some record of distinct academic accomplishment in a given discipline or set of related disciplines. Moreover, the graduate certificate is not viewed as a guaranteed means of entry into a graduate major. While the courses comprising a graduate certificate may be used as evidence in support of a student’s application for admission to a graduate major, the certificate itself is not considered to be a prerequisite.

Process of Approval for New Graduate Certificates

Proposals for new areas of study for Graduate Certificates are created and submitted by the academic unit that wishes to offer such a certificate. Proposals must be accompanied by endorsement from the department heads and deans of the colleges/schools in which the contributing course work is offered as well as from the academic unit or units whose students or graduate majors could be impacted by the creation of the graduate certificate. The Graduate Council will consider all the proposals for new Graduate Certificates to assure proposal guidelines have been followed and that repetition and redundancy across areas of study for certificates are not evident. Those meeting the criteria set forth by the Graduate Council will then be recommended to the Provost for approval.

Criteria for Approval

The general principles applied to the assessment of the academic quality of proposals for new graduate areas of study for certificate include:

  1. The proposed sequence of course work must offer a clear and appropriate educational objective at the post-baccalaureate level.
  2. The proposed curriculum will achieve its educational objective in an efficient and well-defined manner.
  3. A perceived need for such a certificate should exist. This provision might be defined in terms of either external markets (i.e., external demand for the skills associated with such a certificate) or internal academic means (i.e., the need for a critical mass of students in a given discipline).
  4. An appropriate number of credit hours must comprise the area of study for the certificate. The number of graduate credits cannot be less than nine (9) or more than one-half of the credits necessary for a related master's degree from the Office of Graduate Studies.
  5. If the area of study for a certificate requires new courses, those courses must be approved by the appropriate College bodies or offices and the Graduate Council.

Student Eligibility and Admission Criteria

Student must apply and be accepted into the graduate certificate to be eligible to receive a certificate. The prerequisites and general criteria of eligibility for admission to any graduate certificate area of study include:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college or university or enrollment in a USF Accelerated Major is required. Students in Accelerated Majors may be admitted upon completion of 120 semester hours.
  2. Each graduate area of study sets the requirements for admission, including minimum grade point average, standardized test scores, and other similar criteria as part of the application. However, prospective non-degree seeking graduate certificate students must meet University graduate admissions grade point average requirements.
  3. Students who wish to pursue a graduate certificate must apply to the Graduate Certificate Office ( and be admitted to the certificate area. Students are encouraged to contact the coordinator prior to applying.
    1. Non-Degree Seeking Students - All non-degree seeking students who wish to pursue approved Graduate Certificates should apply for admission to the certificate through the Graduate Certificate Office ( as soon as possible for maximum benefit, but must apply to the certificate and complete required coursework within five years of taking the first course applicable to the certificate. Students must submit a Completion Form for the certificate to be awarded.
    2. Degree Seeking Students
      1. All degree seeking students who wish to pursue approved Graduate Certificates must apply for admission to the certificate through the Graduate Certificate Office. The application must be received prior to conferral of the degree that includes the same coursework. Students who have completed all coursework must apply for admission to the certificate and submit a Completion Form prior to the deadline to apply for graduation by the fourth week of the semester in which the student plans to graduate.
      2. Degree seeking students who are pursuing a Graduate Certificate in a discipline outside of their graduate major must apply for admission to the certificate through the Graduate Certificate Office. The application must be received prior to the deadline to apply for graduation (by the fourth week of the semester) in which the student plans to graduate. Required coursework for the certificate must be completed within five years of taking the first course applicable to the certificate. Students must submit a Completion Form for the certificate to be awarded.
  4. Certificate-seeking-students not currently enrolled in a degree-granting graduate major, will be admitted into a separate classification within the University, and will be classified as "Graduate Certificate Students." This separate classification will permit the University to monitor statistical and enrollment data for certificate areas of study, and will allow inclusion of such efforts in the annual reports and academic planning. The Graduate Certificate Office will note successful completion of a certificate on the student's transcript upon completion.
  5. Students pursuing a graduate certificate are required to meet the same academic requirements as those defined for degree-seeking students to remain in "good standing."
  6. All graduate certificate students may apply one graduate course to two graduate certificates.
  7. All graduate certificate students must meet all prerequisites for courses in which they wish to enroll.
  8. Should a graduate certificate student subsequently apply and be accepted to a degree-granting major, the University's Transfer of Credit Policy applies. It is up to the Major to determine the number of credits that may be transferred in from the Graduate Certificate into the Graduate Major, up to the 49% limits specified in the transfer of credit policy.. Any application of such credit must be approved by the degree-granting college and must be appropriate to the major. See the Transfer of Credit Policy for more information.

Certificate Requirements

To receive a graduate certificate:

  1. Students must successfully complete certificate requirements as established by the Uuniversity. Graduate Certificate students will be held to the academic standards for all graduate students as specified in the Graduate Catalog, except for any additional requirements as noted in the section in the Graduate Catalog regarding Graduate Certificates.
  2. Students must submit a completion form. Degree-seeking students must submit this form before graduating from their graduagte major. Non-degree-seeking students must submit this form no later than one semester after completing their certificate course work.
  3. 3. Students must have been awarded a bachelor's or higher degree to be eligible.