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Policies & Procedures for A&S Graduate Certificates

Admissions to a graduate certificate program is easy!

Simply submit a short online application with your contact information and proof of completion of an undergraduate degree (an official transcript), and select the certificate that you would like to pursue.

Soon after we receive your transcript, you will be sent a link to make a deposit of $100 that will be applied to your course fees and then you will be sent a link to register for the courses available in your certificate for that semester or summer session.

Certificate Requirements

All graduate certificates require the completion of four courses with a grade of B or better. See particular course requirements under the relevant certificate.

Students who complete four courses in their enrolled graduate certificate with a grade of B or better will automatically be issued a graduate certificate upon the completion of the fourth course. No additional paperwork is required. Certificates will be mailed to students’ homes. Students will be listed as having completed their program unless they re-open their application and apply for another certificate or a master’s degree program.

Change of Program 

Students may change graduate certificate programs by filing a change of curriculum form in the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s office, Kapelski 209. Students should first check with the dean, certificate coordinator, and/or their instructor to be sure they understand which classes previously taken will transfer to the new program.

Students may not count the same course towards the completion of more than one certificate. Each certificate requires the completion of four distinct courses.

Course Substitutions

Graduate certificates must be completed by taking courses listed and approved for that particular certificate. Rarely can other Widener University courses be substituted, and any such substitutions would have to receive advanced approval from the program certificate coordinator. 

Courses not officially listed as certificate courses are not eligible for the reduced tuition rate accorded certificate courses. 

Certificate to Master’s Program 

Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs can easily and quickly apply to select master’s degree programs using a streamlined admissions process that allows graduate certificate course credits to be applied to the completion of a degree. (Your instructor or the degree program director can provide you with more information.)

Only four graduate certificate courses taken at the reduced tuition rate may be applied towards completion of a master’s degree program.

Financial Aid

Graduate certificate courses are available at a greatly reduced rate per credit; no additional financial aid is available. Students who switch their enrollment to a master’s or doctoral degree program will be eligible for financial aid available for that program.

Students may wish to consider private loans; for additional information, click here.

Course Offerings and Catalog

The certificate program webpage will include available course offerings for the upcoming semester or summer session. 

Transfer Credit

We do not accept transfer credits from other colleges or universities towards completion of a graduate certificate; all four courses must be courses offered through Widener.

International Students

International students should consult the International Student Services webpage for international graduate student guidelines or contact the Office of International Student Services at Widener University, One University Place, Chester, PA 19013; phone: 610-499-4499. 


Want more information? Check out our FAQs page.

Note: Certificate courses offered through Widener’s professional schools may have different policies; students should check with the instructor or the certificate program coordinator.