Certificate Program Requirements
Credit-bearing courses carry a unit value. You must enroll in at least 12 academic units in your program by the first day of each quarter to maintain your student visa status. At least 8 units must be in the classroom and no more than one online class.
We recommend you enroll early. Courses fill quickly and if you are unable to get into the required minimum of 12 units, you jeopardize your F-1 visa status.
All courses must be taken ‘For Credit/Letter Grade’ to count towards the 12 units required to maintain F-1 visa status.
Advanced Standing and Course Waivers
In your first quarter, you can petition to have required or elective courses waived if you have completed the coursework elsewhere. You must submit certified academic transcripts to your academic advisor. If a waiver is granted, you will be credited with units of advanced standing allowing you to finish your program sooner. You will be able to discuss advanced standing and course waivers with your certificate program advisor.
Required Grades—Grade Point Average (GPA)
Certificate students must pass all required courses and maintain a minimum GPA as required by your certificate program. The minimum GPA varies for each program. Contact the certificate program advisor for the GPA you need to maintain in your program or view the grading details on the Grading Scale.
Earned F grades do not count toward your GPA so you must re-take any course in which you get a grade of F. Your allotted time for study remains the same. So, you may have to skip a vacation quarter to complete your program on time and bring your GPA up to the required minimum.
English Language Proficiency
International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting the minimum TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP test score required by their certificate program.
International applicants may be exempt from the English language proficiency test requirement if one of the following criteria are met:
- Are a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or English-speaking Canada, and English is your native language
- Have studied for a minimum of four years at a high school, college, or university in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or English-speaking Canada
- Have earned a graduate level degree from a college or university in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or English-speaking Canada
Eligible applicants may request a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement by submitting a completed waiver request form and supporting evidence, if applicable.