Graduate Certificate Programs
The Graduate School offers Graduate Certificate programs in several academic colleges. Students wishing to enroll in this non-degree category must complete a Graduate School application, pay the application fee, provide an official copy of a baccalaureate degree-posted transcript, meet course prerequisites, and understand that they are not admitted to a graduate degree program. Students must maintain the minimum 3.0 GPA grade standards set for Conditional admission to the Graduate School. Each academic college has the prerogative to set higher standards for its respective graduate students.
A Graduate Certificate program is a set of pre-determined subject-matter-specific graduate courses pursued to enhance an individual's mastery of a subject area without completing a master's program. As such, certificate programs are not shortened versions of existing master's programs. Successful completion of a Graduate Certificate program results in the receipt of a certificate that specifies graduate certification in a specific area and is accompanied by the appropriate posting on the official Louisiana Tech University Certificate transcript.
Graduate Certificate programs consist of a minimum of 12 to 18 graduate semester hours. No more than one-third of the 12 to 18 semester hours can be taken at the 400-level (eligible for graduate credit). Courses taken for credit toward a Graduate Degree program at Louisiana Tech University will not be counted toward the certificate without appeal to the applicable Graduate Certificate program prior to completion of the Graduate Degree program. All course work must be registered for and completed through Louisiana Tech University within a three-year (twelve-quarter) time limit.
Graduate students enrolled in Graduate Degree programs (master's or doctoral) at Louisiana Tech University can be concurrently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate program. Undergraduate seniors are not eligible for concurrent enrollment in a Graduate Certificate program. International students must be admitted to a Graduate Degree program in order for an I-20 to be issued and are not eligible to be admitted only to a Graduate Certificate program, but may pursue a Graduate Certificate in addition to a Graduate Degree program.
The Graduate Certificate is a non-degree track program. It should be noted that success in or successful completion of a Graduate Certificate program does not guarantee admission into a Graduate Degree program. Federal Title IV student financial assistance and tuition waivers will not be available for students classified as graduate certificate students.
Complete an application for admission to the Graduate School and select a Certificate program from the menu. The same deadlines for Graduate School admission procedures should be followed.Applicants must:
- Have earned a 4-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited educational institution.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.25/4.0 (or 2.5/4.0 on the final 60 semester hours of baccalaureate degree work).
- Provide a baccalaureate degree-posted official transcript, sent directly to the Graduate School.
- Submit a completed application, and application fee to the Graduate School, including all required documentation by the application due date.
- GRE/GMAT test scores are NOT required for admissions unless specifically required by the Graduate Certificate program.
- International student applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL and/or IELTS scores before the application can be evaluated for admission. TOEFL score requirements are paper-based 550 or Internet-based 80; the minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5 (over 4 modules). Successful completion of ELS Level 112 intensive course will be accepted as demonstration of English proficiency.
Admission into a Graduate Certificate program does not guarantee admission into a Graduate Degree program, nor does admission into a Graduate Certificate program imply the waiver of any requirements for admission into a Graduate Degree program.
The decision for admission into a Graduate Certificate program will follow the procedures of review used for admission into existing Graduate Degree programs. Discipline-specific admission requirements will be monitored by the program coordinator in conjunction with the student's assigned faculty advisor.
Student Enrollment Procedures
Students admitted to a Graduate Certificate program will follow standard procedures for advising, registration, tuition/fee payment deadlines, grade reporting, and academic standards. Each student admitted into a Graduate Certificate program will be assigned a faculty advisor.
Graduate students participating in a distance learning Certificate program will follow published registration guidelines.
Graduate Certificate program students will meet the following quarterly and cumulative grade requirements at Louisiana Tech University:
- Graduate Certificate students must maintain a quarterly and cumulative 3.0 GPA on all course work.
- No grade lower than "C" and no more than two C's will be counted toward a Graduate Certificate Program.
- Failure to achieve the quarterly/cumulative GPA requirements will result in the student being dropped from the certificate program.
- Student appeals for reinstatement will follow the Graduate Status Appeals Procedure found in Chapter 15 of the Catalog.
Full-time status for a Graduate Certificate program student will consist of a minimum of 6 graduate semester hours. Graduate Certificate program students should remain continuously enrolled until completion of their program. If they are unable to do so, they must re-apply for admission upon return to the program.