Kettering University has designed a set of graduate certificate programs for students that want to update their skill set in a new area of study. For students who do not have a graduate degree in hand, a graduate certificate can be the beginning of work toward a master’s degree. For students who already hold a Masters degree, a certificate program can provide graduate level education in an additional area of concentration.
All graduate certificates require a minimum of three graduate level courses. No more than two five hundred (500) level courses may be included in the certificate. The three courses must apply to a particular graduate degree and all count for credit in that degree. (Note: An engineering department may elect to have the certificate as part of the MBA concentrations instead of a specific engineering concentration.)
Students must meet admission requirements for a graduate program to be accepted to the graduate certificate.
Pre-requisite requirements must be met for the courses in a graduate certificate or must be waived by the offering department. If pre-requisites are waived for the graduate certificate program, they will also be waived if the student decides to pursue a complete graduate degree, however, there may be other pre-requisites required for a complete program admission.
Undergraduate students who complete a course that is included in the graduate certificate may count a maximum of two of these courses toward completion of the certificate. However, students must meet the department criteria for BBA/BS/MBA or BS/MS to count the course toward a graduate degree. If a student does not meet the BBA/BS/MBA or BS/MS criteria for the department, the student will be required to complete all graduate work for that particular degree. (Note: Currently a student who does not qualify for the BBA/BS/MBA or BS/MS and has courses that would count is required to take the full 40 credit hours.)
Graduate tuition will be paid for graduate certificate programs. Students may take the classes through on-campus or distance learning offerings as available. (Note: The exception may be undergraduate Kettering students who might take the classes for either graduate or undergraduate credit. They would be paying undergraduate tuition rates.)