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If you are not sure that a master's degree program is right for you, you may wish to consider one of our many graduate certificate programs as a way to further advance your present career. The Graduate School offers a number of post-baccalaureate and post-master's degree programs.

A post-baccalaureate certificate is an organized program of study requiring at least 18 semester hours of graduate credit which leads to a specific set of skills or knowledge. A certificate confirms that a student has mastery of the content of a clearly defined sub-field of an academic major field of study. A certificate provides in-depth training, but not to the breadth of a master's degree. The completion of a certificate is noted on a student's transcript and is part of the University's official graduate offerings.

Prospective students interested in a certificate program should follow the same application procedures for admission to a Master's Degree Program detailed in the Graduate Catalog. In order to begin a certificate program, you must be admitted to the Graduate School as a classified graduate student. The program faculty must approve your admission into the certificate program and may add additional admission requirements such as course prerequisites.

The University offers a post-master's certificate in Nursing; post-baccalaureate certificates in English, History, Kinesiology, Mass Communications, and Speech Communication; and a certificate of completion in Gerontology. For additional information about these programs, please contact the appropriate department. Certificate requirements are listed in the Graduate Catalog section of this site.If you are an international student you are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for admission to the Graduate School. Information on testing services is available on-line at or at (618) 650-2295. Testing Services is located in Student Success Center, Room 1246.

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