Description of Program
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program is designed for students who have completed their bachelor’s degree and are seeking academic expertise through a graduate level certificate program. In order to earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, students must complete four courses (a total of 12 credit hours) within the chosen Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program.
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is prescribed, meaning students can only take what is listed for the particular Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (students may not substitute alternative courses). Students must complete all four NCU courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in order to receive the certificate.
Please be advised that this program is NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and is NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for P-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/mod/page/view.php?id=12.
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Basis for Admissions
Admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program requires a conferred bachelor’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution or an international institution determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation service.
The University may accept a maximum of 3 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to NCU’s Post-Baccalaureate certificate program. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited college or university within the last five years with a grade of “B” or better. See the
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The Post-Baccalaureate 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 bachelor’s 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 9 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 6 months.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Transfer into a Master’s Degree Sequence
- Coursework completed within a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program may be applied towards the specialization sequence within a master’s program.
- Applying Post-Baccalaureate Certificate coursework towards a master’s degree is contingent upon coursework and degree relevance under the most current master’s degree program version.
Specialization coursework completed as part of a master’s degree, where a degree was conferred, cannot be applied towards a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program. However, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate can be completed as part of master’s coursework, assuming the student officially applies for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate prior to completing the fourth course in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate series.