Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?
How do I apply?
Are there prerequisites for admission?
Must I be enrolled on a degree program to enroll in the CESD Certificate Program?
Is there a minimum GPA required to complete the CESD Certificate?
How much credit may I transfer from a non-University of Arizona degree?
How recently must transfer credits have been earned to be counted?
If I’ve earned graduate credits earned as an undergraduate student, non-degree seeking student, or at another accredited institution, can those be applied to towards the CESD Certificate?
How many credits from a University of Arizona master’s degree may be counted towards the CESD certificate?
Can I get CESD Certificate credit for courses that I am also applying to my graduate degree?
Can I get credit for courses taken before Fall 2011?
If I enroll as a non-degree seeking student, may I change to a graduate degree program, and apply my CESD credits to that degree?
How long may I take to complete the CESD Certificate Program?
What other requirements should I be aware of, regarding credits earned and transferred?


Who can apply?
There are two main types of students eligible for the CESD Certificate. The first type includes all current UA graduate students, whether they are studying for a master's degree, a Ph.D., or a professional degree. The second type includes working professionals who want to gain knowledge and expertise in connections between environmental science and decision making without enrolling in a graduate degree program. Once admitted to the CESD Certificate program, all students must meet the same requirements.

How do I apply?
Please see the How to Apply section of this site.

Are there prerequisites for admission?
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, with a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (B), or the equivalent.

Must I be enrolled on a degree program to enroll in the CESD Certificate Program?
While concurrent enrollment in a degree program is allowed, it is not required.

Is there a minimum GPA required to complete the CESD Certificate?
Yes, students must pass each class, including transferred course-work, with a B or better to receive the Certificate.

How much credit may I transfer from a non-University of Arizona degree?
Students must earn all but 3 credits from the University of Arizona.

How recently must transfer credits have been earned to be counted?
Students may transfer up to 3 units of related graduate course-work from another accredited academic institution earned no more than two years prior to admission to the certificate program, with approval from the Faculty Coordinator.

If I’ve earned graduate credits earned as an undergraduate student, non-degree seeking student, or at another accredited institution, can those be applied to towards the CESD Certificate?
A maximum of 3 units of graduate credit earned as an undergraduate senior, in graduate non-degree status, and/or transferred from an accredited institution may be applied for credit toward a graduate certificate. Transfer of credit toward a graduate certificate will not be made unless graduate credit was earned and grade was A or B. Grades for transfer work will not be used in computing the student's grade-point average unless the credit was earned at The University of Arizona. Credit for correspondence courses or extension work from other institutions will not be accepted for graduate credit.

How many credits from a University of Arizona master’s degree may be counted towards the CESD certificate?
Up to 3 units from a University of Arizona master's degree may count toward the Graduate Certificate.

Can I get CESD Certificate credit for courses that I am also applying to my graduate degree?
Students may count up to 15 units of the courses taken under the CESD Certificate program for their graduate study requirements in their regular degree program; however, acceptance of these courses is at the discretion of the degree-granting unit. Up to 3 units from a previously completed UA graduate or professional degree may count toward the CESD Certificate, as long as they were taken within four years of the date that the student completes the requirements for the CESD Certificate.

Can I get credit for courses taken before Fall 2011?
Yes, as long as they were taken within four years of the date that you complete the requirements for the CESD Certificate.

If I enroll as a non-degree seeking student, may I change to a graduate degree program, and apply my CESD credits to that degree?
Students may change from a certificate to a graduate degree program. A student may count up to 15 units taken under the CESD Certificate Program for their graduate study requirements in their degree program. The acceptance of these courses towards the degree is at the discretion of the degree-granting unit.

How long may I take to complete the CESD Certificate Program?
All requirements for a graduate certificate must be completed within 4 years. Time-to-degree begins with the earliest coursework to be applied toward the degree including any credits transferred from other institutions. Work more than 4 years old is not accepted toward meeting certificate requirements.

What other requirements should I be aware of, regarding credits earned and transferred?
Each student is responsible for developing a Plan of Study as early as possible during the first few months in residence, to be submitted to the Graduate College no later than the second semester in residence. The Plan of Study identifies (1) courses the student intends to transfer from other institutions; (2) courses already completed at The University of Arizona which the student intends to apply toward the graduate certificate; and (3) additional course work to be completed to fulfill certificate requirements. The Plan of Study, developed in consultation with the Faculty Coordinator, must have the approval of the student's department head (or chair of the Graduate Committee) before it is submitted to the Graduate College.


 

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