Graduate certificates can be obtained concurrently with a graduate degree or as a separate graduate program. A graduate certificate requires fewer credits and is more limited in scope than a master's degree. You may be interested in a graduate certificate if you have a specific skill set you'd like to enhance. Many of our students seeking certificates use them to further their career, find a new job, or meet state or national licensing requirements.
For immigration purposes, international students who have completed a degree in one of these "designated STEM programs" are eligible to apply for a 24-month OPT Extension .
Students who are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at Michigan Tech do not need to formally apply for admission into a certificate program. However, it is recommended that they speak with their advisor before beginning certificate coursework. Graduate-level credits earned at Michigan Tech may be double counted toward both a master's or PhD program and a graduate certificate.
Non-degree seeking students interested in obtaining a graduate certificate must apply using the online application.
International Students must apply and be accepted into a master's or PhD program in order to earn a graduate certificate.
A maximum of 1/3 of the coursework credits required for a certificate can be transferred in from another university or from a Michigan Tech undergraduate degree schedule. Graduate-level credits earned at another university can be double counted toward both a master's or PhD program and a graduate certificate. Credits applied toward a certificate must have been earned no more than 5 years prior to the date on which the certificate will be awarded. Research credits (if required for the certificate) must be earned through Michigan Tech.