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University of Minnisota  Administrative Policy

Post-baccalaureate Certificate Plans Approved by the Board of Regents

Please note that revisions to this policy will take effect on September 7, 2021. To review these changes before that date, please see this Academic Policy Public Review page on the Executive Vice President and Provost website.

Responsible University Officer(s):
  • Executive Vice President and Provost
Policy Owner(s):
  • Executive Vice President and Provost
Policy contact(s):
  • Erin Slattengren
Date Revised:
May 1, 2012
Effective Date:
May 1, 2012

Policy Statement

This policy governs post-baccalaureate certificates approved by the Board of Regents. Such certificates may be offered by collegiate units to individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge, skills, and professional training.

  1. Admission

    Minimum admission requirements for post-baccalaureate certificates are the same as for master’s and doctoral degrees. Admission is governed by the Administrative policy: Admission for Master's and Doctoral Degrees.

  2. Program Requirements

    Programs offering post-baccalaureate certificate plans must assure students receive graduate-level training. The minimal criteria are:

    1. Plans must consist of at least 12 semester course credits.
    2. All courses must be at the 4000 level or above. At least 50% of the certificate course credits must be at the 5000 level or above.
    3. Students must maintain at least a 2.800 GPA (on a 4.000 scale) for satisfactory progress.
    4. Only courses with grades of A, B, C (including C-) and S may be counted toward the degree.

    Colleges and programs may specify additional or more stringent requirements. Colleges and graduate programs must publish these requirements and provide them to students upon matriculation.

    Note: Students must have at least a 2.800 GPA for courses included on the degree plan at the time of degree clearance.

  3. Transfer of Credits

    1. Graduate course credits earned at other institutions may be transferred to University post-baccalaureate certificate plans subject to approval by the University graduate program. Such credits must have been earned at an accredited institution in the United States or at a non-U.S. institution judged by the graduate program to be comparable to a regionally accredited graduate program in the United States.
    2. At least 60% of the graduate course credits required for the certificate must be taken at the University.

  4. Credits in Common

    A maximum of three graduate course credits may be counted in common between two University post-baccalaureate certificate plans.

  5. Certificate Completion Timeline

    All requirements for the certificate must be completed and the certificate awarded within five calendar years after initial enrollment. Colleges and programs may set more stringent time requirements and may allow students to petition for exceptions to the time limit.

Reason for Policy

This policy provides a framework for offering post-baccalaureate education that is oriented primarily toward professional and skills development and that culminates in the award of a certificate.




Frequently Asked Questions


Primary Contact(s) Erin Slattengren 612-301-1707


Following the completion of undergraduate studies and the award of the undergraduate degree.


Colleges and Programs
Publish the requirements for post-baccalaureate certificate plans and provide them to students upon matriculation.

Related Information


May 2012 - New Policy. Comprehensive Review. Expands the current admission, program and credit requirements across all Board of Regents approved post-baccalaureate certificate plans. Specifies a minimum GPA of 2.8 to remain in good standing.

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