Certificate Application Requirements

This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students at NCSU, students at other institutions of higher education, and post-graduate professionals seeking to expand their educational credentials.

Degree-seeking students at NCSU requesting admission to the certificate program should submit the following documentation to the certificate program director (jkmattin@ncsu.edu):

  1. A Certificate Plan form.  The Certificate Plan must be approved by the Certificate program director.
  2. A Study Plan for the certificate, which must be approved by the student’s graduate adviser and the Certificate program director.

Non-degree-seeking students requesting admission should submit the following documentation:

  1. A complete online application must be submitted through the NCSU Graduate School’s application system. The application must include a Bachelor degree transcript (an unofficial transcript will be accepted).  The applicant will be charged the NCSU Graduate School application fee.
  2. A Study Plan for the certificate, which must be approved by the Certificate program director.
  3. A current Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Non-native English speaking applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Please note that NCSU does not grant visas for international applicants.  All international applicants must either (a) already reside in the US or (b) be admitted to the NCSU Distance Education program.


Program costs can be found via the NCSU’s Online and Distance Education page.

Certificate Completion

Participants must enroll in courses offered by the certificate program to receive the certificate.  Transfer credits will not be accepted.
Upon completion of the four courses identified in the Study Plan, students should submit a Completion Record, which must be approved by the certificate program director in order to receive the certificate.

Note that the certificate must be completed in 4 years or less.  Credit for eligible courses taken before Fall semester 2017 will be accepted provided the courses were taken within 4 years of program completion.