Certificate Curriculum

This is a 12-credit-hour program consisting of four online courses. Students will meet program requirements by taking four, stragetically selected 3-credit-hour courses: two management courses and two of the three communication courses listed below.

BUS 501  Strategic Management Foundations
MBA 554 Project Management

Take two of the following:
COM 521 Communication and Globalization
COM 527 Seminar in Organizational Conflict Management
COM 530 Interpersonal Communication in Science/Technology Organizations

Here are sample syllabi for some of our online certificate classes:

MBA 554 MBA 554 Syllabus Sum I – 13 (v2)
COM 521 COM_447-521_syllabus summer 2012
COM 527 COM 527 Syllabus Summer 2012
COM 530 COM_530 syllabus summer 2012


Standards for the certificate: Students must complete the required credit hours for the certificate program with an overall 3.0 grade point average (GPA). Credit toward the certificate in a particular course will be awarded only if a grade of B- or better is given in the course. All classes in the program must be taken for a letter grade. No transfer credits will be accepted and it must be completed within four years. A student may obtain more than one graduate certificate; however, each certificate must have at least nine (9) credit hours which are unique to the program.  This particular certificate requires 12-credit-hours. All courses must be distance education sections to qualify for the certificate.

Relationship to Master’s degree programs: Academic success in the graduate certificate coursework may have a bearing on admission to a degree program; however, completion of a certificate program in no way guarantees entry into a graduate degree program, which is done through a separate application process.


Transfer Credits and Double-Counting Courses: The following regulations are from the NC State Graduate School’s Handbook, Section 3.14: Graduate Certificate Programs  D.  Graduate Certificates and Degrees

1.    Transfer Credit

a.    Transfer credit from other institutions is not allowed for GCP. All course work must be registered for through NC State University.
b.    Up to six (6) hours of PBS coursework, if not already used in another graduate program, may be transferred into a certificate program.
c.    Up to six (6) hours of coursework taken while in undergraduate status at NC State may be transferred into a certificate provided that the credit was not used for an undergraduate degree.
d.    The limit for transfer credit into a certificate program is six (6) hours from all sources. All transfer credit must carry a grade of B or better (B- is not allowed).
e.    Up to twelve (12) hours of certificate credit taken prior to enrollment in a degree program (either master’s or doctoral)
may be transferred into that degree program (note: transfer totals into degree programs shall not exceed twelve (12) hours
from all sources) so long as eighteen (18) hrs remain unique to the master’s and thirty-six (36) hrs to the doctorate

2.   Double-Counting

a.    Graduate certificate courses taken while enrolled in a degree program may be double-counted with the degree courses
to the extent that the courses unique to the degree remains eighteen (18) hours for each master’s or thirty-six (36) hours
for a doctorate.
b.   Courses used in a previous undergraduate degree shall not be used in a certificate.
c.    Certificate and graduate minor coursework shall not be shared. A student getting a minor using a set of coursework may not also get a certificate using that same coursework.
d.    Up to nine (9) hrs of coursework taken in a previous degree program may be used in a certificate (to the extent allowed by the double-counting rules in sub-section D), provided that there is no break between the degree and the certificate. Where there is a break of at least one term, only six (6) hrs taken while in the degree program may be used in the certificate. The time limit noted in C. 8 still applies [see page link above for C. 8 text].


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