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 are four three-credit courses.

Graduate certificate programs are designed for students holding a bachelor's degree in a field related to the certificate program. Each Graduate Certificate Program has a coordinator who can provide detailed information on content, courses and requirements.

RequirementsRequirements to Complete a Graduate Certificate

  • Certificate courses must be completed within a five year period with a minimum 3.000 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.
  • Graduate certificates do not accept transfer credits.
  • Credits earned from a graduate certificate may be used toward a related graduate degree with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Students who complete a graduate certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or better in a UMass Lowell graduate certificate program may be able to waive the GRE when applying to a related master's degree.
  • Once you have completed all of the courses required for your certificate, please complete and submit the Graduate Certificate Clearance Form (pdf).

Please Note:

  1. New England Regional tuition may be available to non-Massachusetts residents who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
  2. I-20s will not be issued to those solely admitted into Graduate Certificate Programs.
  3. If your bachelor's degree is from outside of the U.S., you may be required to take the TOEFL examination.