Certificate Programs

A certificate means a credential issued by an institution in recognition of the completion of a curriculum other than one leading to a degree;

a cluster of credit-bearing coursework that is recognized by Syracuse University and identified for the purposes of recruiting, advertising, admission, or acknowledgement of successful completion.

All credit-bearing certificates must be registered with the New York State Education Department. To meet NYSED requirements, each credit-bearing course in a Certificate program must be applicable to one or more degree programs, either as part of the major, liberal arts and sciences, or as a general elective.

Different Types of Certificates
NYSED classifies all certificate programs into the following two categories:

Certificate programs (all undergraduate programs)
An undergraduate certificate program is one that requres:

  • at a minimum that the applicant have a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • that the curriculum be of a depth and breadth consistent with the undergraduate degree programs;
  • that the curriculum ensure a level of sophistication consistent with students in a bachelor’s degree.

Advanced Certificate (C.A.S.) programs (all post-baccalaureate and post-master’s programs)
A graduate certificate program is one that requires:

  • at a minimum that the applicant have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • that the curriculum be of a depth and breadth consistent with graduate degree programs that require a bachelor’s degree;
  • that the curriculum ensures a level of sophistication consistent with the standard established for SU graduate courses.

NYSED registered certificate programs follow the same procedures as those for degree programs for admission, degree certification, and notation on the official SU transcript.

The Approval Process

See Proposing New Programs and Program Revisions for information about proposing new certificate programs or revising existing programs.