Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Academic Certificates

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Slippery Rock University offers certificates at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A certificate is a statement of recognition on the academic record that highlights an organized set of courses or short program of study, with specific learning outcomes, not culminating in a degree. Certificates are not the same as certifications or licenses, which typically are awarded by a third party outside the University. 

The Undergraduate Certificate Declaration form can be located from the Academic Records and Registration Forms page. Please visit the Graduate Admissions webpage for information about Graduate Certificates.

Undergrad

Department's establish which courses count toward an academic certificate subject to the following limitations.

  • The certificate will have a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits.
  • At least six credits must be completed through SRU.
  • To earn a certificate, students need a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in their certificate courses.
  • No more than six certificate credits may share with the first undergraduate major; no more than nine certificate credits can be shared with an undergraduate minor (if applicable).
  • Courses counted in a certificate can also be used to satisfy the Liberal Studies/Rock Studies requirements.
  • No course needed for the certificate may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • Students may earn more than one certificate.

Graduate

Department's establish which courses count toward an academic certificate subject to the following limitations.

  • The certificate will have a minimum of 9 graduate credits.
  • At least six credits must be completed through SRU.
  • To earn a certificate, students need a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA in their certificate courses.
  • All graduate certificate credits may share with the graduate major.
  • No course needed for the certificate may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • Students may earn more than one certificate.
  • Individual certificates at the graduate level may have additional requirements regarding application of transfer credit and age of credit.

Certificates may be completed as part of a full degree program, or may be completed as a non-degree student. Students completing certificates as non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.