University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Feb 04, 2023  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023

Graduate Certificates

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Committee Composition

Course based only certificate committees consist of one (1) faculty member, the graduate program director.

Program of Study

Graduate certificates are conferred by the University upon the recommendation of the graduate faculty and the Graduate Dean, following the completion of an approved Program of Study Form. The approved program of study describes the student’s specific plan of courses, research, and related activities. The graduate student’s advisor or the graduate director of the program determine the program of study for each degree candidate. This includes the acceptable courses for completion of the certificate. The Graduate Dean has final approval of the program of study. Only graduate courses are applicable toward the graduate certificate. Graduate courses are those numbered 600-799. The Program of Study form must be submitted to the Graduate School by the student’s final semester.


Subsequent changes may be made at any time via the online Change in Program of Study Form or Change of Advisory Committee Form, but only with the approval of the major advisor, graduate director of the program, and the Graduate Dean. It is the responsibility of the student and the advisory/examining committee to ensure that the graduate courses in the proposed program of study are consistent with the requirements of the Graduate School and the program.

Time Limitations

Graduate Certificates: All work towards a graduate certificate credential (transfer units, units completed at UNR prior to admission (i.e. grad special units), course work units, and all examinations) must be completed within six (6) calendar years immediately preceding the granting of the degree. The Graduate School will entertain an extension, normally not to exceed one (1) year. Requests for extensions must come from the Graduate Program Director and be based on an academic or humanitarian rationale for the delay in degree completion. 


The Application for Graduation must be purchased and completed through MyNEVADA. This application is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Students should review all contact and personal information at this time. The program of study form should be on file with the Graduate School prior to applying for graduation. Graduation application deadlines are:

  • March 1 for May Graduation,
  • June 1 for August Graduation,
  • October 1 for December Graduation

Consult the Graduate School website for important dates to submit additional required graduation materials to the Graduate School. Failure to submit degree completion materials by the deadline will result in removal from graduation processing. If removed from December graduation processing or if an applicant does not complete all degree requirements by the specified deadline for the semester for which they applied, a new graduation application must be purchased according to the established deadlines. The graduation applications are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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