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Psychology Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Description of Program


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology is designed for individuals who would like to learn more about human behavior. Students 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, Forensic Psychology, and Gender and Sexual Fluidity. Students may use their coursework in preparation for graduate studies or to pursue a variety of career options including research, human resources, business and public service.

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Basis for Admissions


Admission to a Post-Bachelor’s Certificate program requires a conferred bachelor’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Certificate Requirements


The University may accept a maximum of 3 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to a 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

Time to Completion


The University 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 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. Students in the Applied Behavior Specialization can expect to finish in 15 months. 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Transfer into a Master’s Degree Sequence


  • Coursework completed within a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program may be applied toward the specialization sequence within a master’s program
  • Applying Post-Baccalaureate Certificate coursework toward 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 toward a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program.

Areas of Emphasis and Specific Courses - 12 credit hours


Students can select any four courses from all the courses listed below or they can select a group of four courses based on an area of specialization.

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