Graduate certificates provide focused information and expertise to practitioners seeking to better meet the complex and changing requirements of their work.
UMass Lowell is a leader in graduate certificate education. In most cases, graduate certificate course credit may be applied to a master’s degree program. Most certificates consist of four three-credit courses.
Graduate certificate programs are designed for students holding a bachelor's degree in a field related to the certificate program. The application fee is $50, and no graduate record exam (GRE) is required.
Certificate courses must be completed within a five year period with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and with no more than one course with a grade below B.
Courses completed for one certificate may not be used for other certificates. Credits earned in a graduate certificate program may be applied to a graduate degree program with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. All certificates are 12 credits unless noted otherwise. All courses earn three graduate level credits unless noted otherwise.
A complete graduate certificate application package includes:
An official letter of decision, sent to the address listed on the application form, will contain information on how to register for classes.
No graduate record exam (GRE) is required.
All materials received by the Office of Graduate Admissions become the property of that office and in no case will be given to the student or a third party.
Each Graduate Certificate Program has a coordinator who can provide detailed information on content, courses and requirements.
Completion rates, median loan debts and program costs are outlined for each certificate program and available in PDF format. You must have Adobe Acrobat software installed on your computer to view them. Adobe Acrobat can be downloaded free from the Adobe website.