Certificate Programs

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Certificates enable students to learn specific skills or knowledge, and are often career-focused in intent. Students should consult with their academic adviser about effective pathways toward realizing the educational opportunities and degree they desire.

Certificates may allow students to do any or all of the following:

  • Prepare for a career
  • Gain specialized skills and knowledge in a specific area related to employment or professional development
  • Present potential or current employers with proof of specific skills and knowledge on their WOU transcript
The university offers stand-alone certificates and certificates that are awarded in conjunction with an undergraduate or graduate degree. Certificates awarded with a degree are financial aid eligible. Financial aid eligibility for stand-alone certificates varies, details are provided below.
Once you determine if you will pursue a certificate in conjunction with a degree or a stand-alone certificate complete the following steps:
  1. Apply for admission as a undergraduate, or graduate student.
  2. Complete the degree & certificate, or stand-alone certificate, requirements*.
  3. Apply to have your degree & certificate, or stand-alone certificate, awarded.

*Note stand-alone certificate requirements must be completed at WOU.

Graduate Certificate

Financial aid eligible certificate not awarded with a degree

When is the certification awarded?
When the certificate requirements are complete.

Is admission required?
Yes

Is the program eligible for financial aid?
Yes

Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs?
Graduate

Graduate Certificate

Stand alone certificate not awarded with a degree

When is the certification awarded?
When the certificate requirements are complete. Some certificates may count towards your degree, but completing a degree is not required to earn these certificates.

Is admission required?
Yes

Is the program eligible for financial aid?
No

Which student levels are eligible to enroll in these certificate programs?
Graduate

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