Graduate Certificate Proposals

This guidance describes the steps required to launch a Graduate Certificate proposal originating from Purdue West Lafayette for University approvals. Please see Purdue Fort Wayne or Purdue Northwest guidance for proposals originating from these campuses, or reach out to campus contacts.

There are two types of graduate certificates proposals: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate proposal (most common) and Post-Master's Certificate proposal. The key difference between these certificates is the level of prior education completed in advance of admission. Post-Master's Certificates require students to have earned a master’s degree, while Post-Baccalaureate Certificates permit application after completion of a bachelor's degree.

Certificates must be distinct by Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code and level from any other certificates offered at your Purdue University campus. Lists of existing certificates can be found on the Office of the Registrar Active Curriculum Reports website.

Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis once they enter the workflow. Time to complete indicates the typical completion timeframe from proposal launch to completion in workflow. Some proposals may complete faster, while others may need more time based on when they are launched. Please see Key Planning Considerations below.

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