Description of Program
The Post-Master’s Certificate in Psychology allows students to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals. Several emphasis areas will be available to students, for example, Health Psychology, I/O Psychology, Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders, and Psychology of Gender and Sexual Fluidity. Completion of this certificate will assist individuals in pursuing a variety of career opportunities in research and education in both the public and the private sector in setting such as schools, hospitals, clinics, research centers, business, and health care teams.
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Basis for Admissions
Admission to the Post-Master’s Certificate program requires a conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.
6 NCU Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed to earn a Post-Master’s Certificate specialization. Courses taken as part of a NCU master’s program cannot be applied toward a Post-Master’s Certificate program.
The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to NCU’s Post-Master’s certificate program. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited college or university within the last seven years with a grade of “B” or better. See the
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The Post-Master’s Certificate has the following graduation requirements:
- Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
- Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred master’s level or higher degree from an accredited academic institution
- Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
- All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript
Time to Completion
NCU allows 2 years to complete all certificate programs.
The median time to completion for this program is 12 months.
Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.
Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 10 - 13 months depending on the specialization.
Post-Master’s Certificate Transfer into a Doctoral Program
Post-Master’s Certificate program courses may be used to satisfy doctoral degree requirements if the Post-Master’s Certificate course is required by the doctoral program in which the student is enrolled.
Coursework completed as part of an earned doctoral degree cannot be applied toward a Post-Master’s Certificate program. However, a Post-Master’s Certificate can be completed as part of doctoral coursework, if the student officially applies for a Post-Master’s Certificate prior to completing the fourth course in a Post-Master’s Certificate series.