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Ward Edwards 1000
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4900
Fax: 660.543.8400
registrar@ucmo.edu





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Guidelines for Undergraduate Certificate Program

Definition

An undergraduate certificate program is a related cluster of credit bearing undergraduate courses that constitutes a coherent body of study within a discipline or set of related disciplines.

Purpose

An undergraduate certificate program must reflect the educational mission of The University of Central Missouri.  The purpose of an undergraduate certificate program is to provide students with a concentrated, cohesive area of study.  Successful completion should help participants achieve specified learning objectives and competencies in a defined field of study.  It is designed to increase the education of matriculated undergraduate students or to provide continuing education to undergraduate non-degree seeking students.

Curriculum

An undergraduate certificate program requires a minimum of twelve and a maximum of twenty-one undergraduate credit hours unless it meets state/accrediting body guidelines/criteria.

All courses from The University of Central Missouri must be taken for an earned grade of A, B, C, D, or F.  Courses cannot be taken for Pass/Fail credit.  Completion of the certificate program requires a GPA of 2.00.

Undergraduate certificate courses cannot be satisfied by life experience or previous work experience.  Upon approval by the department, a student may transfer a maximum of fifty percent of the required hours of the undergraduate credit from another institution.  Requirements for transfer credit include:

  • Course must have been taken at the undergraduate level
  • Course must have been taken at an accredited institution
  • Course must be approved by the department

Instructors

Undergraduate certificate program courses will be taught by the faculty members of the University.

Student Admission Process

Students interested in an undergraduate certificate program must submit the admission application, $30 non-refundable application fee, and official high school and/or college transcripts.  Those applying as a freshman within two years of high school graduation must also submit ACT/SAT scores. 

To be admitted as a freshman, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a high school graduate (or equivalent) with a 2.00 high school grade point average
  • Must have an ACT score of 21 or above, or an admissions index score of 100

Students who are applying as a transfer student from another regionally accredited college or university must have a 2.00 cumulative GPA and 24 college level credits earned.  Students with less than 24 credits must meet the freshman criteria.

Departments may impose additional admission requirements for certificate programs.  A student may not retroactively apply for admission to an undergraduate certificate program and use coursework already completed.

Federal regulations require international students to be in a degree program.  Admission into an undergraduate certificate program does not meet student visa requirements and students will not be issued an I-20 for certificate programs alone.  However, they may enroll in a degree program and a certificate program concurrently.

Financial Aid

Eligibility for federal financial assistance is determined by the Student Financial Assistance Office.

Undergraduate Certificate Completion

The University of Central Missouri requires that a student have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the certificate program.  The certificate must be completed within eight years.

During a student’s final semester they will submit a certificate completion form to the Registrar’s Office.  A $50 fee will be applied to the student’s account.  Once the certificate has been verified the student will have the academic transcript updated to reflect the completion of the certificate program and a certificate will be issued.  There is no graduation process for any undergraduate certificate.  Commencement ceremonies are reserved for degree programs.