Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate certificate programs are relatively short-term programs that offer students a coherent body of knowledge practical to the workplace; they are not degree programs. They may be post-baccalaureate or post-masters. Certificate programs consist of no fewer than 12 semester hours of graduate-level courses. The application process is the same as for all other graduate programs. The department(s) offering the program may set additional admission requirements. Recognition of the courses taken and the completion of the course of study will be noted on the student’s transcript. Current graduate certificate programs are listed at "Degrees and Certificates Offered". For information on specific certificate programs, refer to the departmental sections of this catalog or to the Graduate Education web page at

Student Eligibility and Admission Criteria

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university is required for admission to a post-baccalaureate program. An earned master’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university is required for admission to a post-master’s program.
  2. Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program and who wish to pursue a graduate certificate program must apply for admission to the program before completing the second course required by the certificate program.
  3. Courses that satisfy the requirements for a certificate program may be used to satisfy the requirements for a master’s degree if applicable and at the discretion of the degree program coordinator/director.
  4. Courses taken prior to admission to a certificate program are not a guaranteed means of admission to that certificate program or to a graduate degree program. Admission to or completion of a certificate program may be used as evidence in support of a student’s application for admission to a graduate degree program, but the certificate itself is not a prerequisite and does not guarantee admission.
  5. All courses used to satisfy the certificate program requirements, with limited exceptions, must be taken at Bradley University unless the certificate program is taught jointly with another institution.
  6. Students admitted to a graduate certificate program will be required, at a minimum, to meet the same academic requirements as those defined by Graduate Education for degree-seeking students. Individual departments may apply more stringent academic requirements.
  7. The student’s official transcript shall contain the listing of courses taken in this program and will also indicate successful completion of the program.
  8. The student will be required to complete the certificate program within the time limit specified for graduate programs by Graduate Education.
  9. Students enrolled will have access to the same campus services as other graduate students.
  10. Students seeking only a graduate certificate, with limited exceptions, will not be eligible for financial aid, with the exception of loans.
  11. The office of the Registrar will issue the certificates of completion.
  12. Students completing a certificate program will not participate in the University’s commencement exercises. Departments have the discretion to offer certificate award ceremonies.

This is the official catalog for the 2023-2024 academic year. This catalog serves as a contract between a student and Bradley University. Should changes in a program of study become necessary prior to the next academic year every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes via the Dean of the College or Chair of the Department concerned, the Registrar's Office, u.Achieve degree audit system, and the Schedule of Classes. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the current program and graduation requirements for particular degree programs.