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GPP: Other graduate educational opportunities

Other graduate educational opportunities

Graduate certificates

The graduate certificate is a programmatic series of linked courses. Graduate certificates facilitate professional growth for people who already hold the baccalaureate degree. For more information on current graduate certificates see the Graduate Degree and Certificate Search page.

Certificate Admission

All applications for graduate certificate programs must be submitted through asu.edu/gradapp.

Certificate Requirements

A minimum of 15 semester hours of graduate work is required to complete a graduate certificate. No more than one-fifth (20 percent) of the minimum required credit hours for a graduate certificate may be transferred from another university. All transfer work must meet the Graduate College transfer policies. All coursework used to complete an ASU graduate certificate must be completed within a six-year time limit. Courses at a 400-level may be allowed with prior approval from the appropriate certificate program; however, a minimum of two-thirds of the courses taken to complete the certificate must be at the 500-level or above. No more than 40% of coursework towards the requirements of a graduate certificate can be completed prior to admission to the certificate program.

Awarding of a Graduate Certificate

A student will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and the Graduate College scholarship requirements have been met. Students must submit an iPOS for the graduate certificate program, and apply for graduation.

Concurrent master’s degrees

A student may pursue concurrent master’s degrees with prior written approval from the head of the academic unit for each degree program and the Graduate College. A separate online application is required for each degree program. A maximum of 20 percent of the minimum total semester hours for the completion of both degrees may be common hours shared between the Plans of Study. The total number of hours common to both degree programs may vary from this maximum value only when the Graduate College has formally approved coordinated degree programs.

Coursework common to both programs must constitute a well-planned and meaningful part of each of the programs and may only include coursework completed after admission to both degree programs. In all cases, the guidelines below must be followed:

  1. The student must be enrolled in both programs each fall and spring semester to maintain continuous enrollment or must submit a Request to Maintain Continuous Enrollment form. A Graduate College approved Request applies to both degree programs; students may not be registered for coursework in either program.
  2. Graduate credit transferred from another institution may be applied toward only one degree program.
  3. Culminating experiences (e.g. capstone courses, theses, applied projects) and comprehensive examinations cannot be shared between concurrent degree programs.
  4. The six year maximum time limit for completing degree requirements and graduation apply to each concurrent degree individually.

Concurrent master’s/doctoral degrees

A student may pursue concurrent master’s/doctoral degrees provided the degree programs are in different areas with prior written approval from the head of the academic unit for each degree program and the Graduate College. A separate online application is required for each degree program. A maximum of 9 credit hours may be common hours shared between the Plans of Study.

Coursework common to both programs must constitute a well-planned and meaningful part of each of the programs and may only include coursework completed after admission to both degree programs. In all cases, the guidelines below must be followed:

  1. The student must be enrolled in both programs each fall and spring semester to maintain continuous enrollment or must submit a Request to Maintain Continuous Enrollment form. A Graduate College approved Request applies to both degree programs; students may not be registered for coursework in either program.
  2. Graduate credit transferred from another institution may be applied toward only one degree program.
  3. Culminating experiences (e.g. capstone courses, theses, dissertations, applied projects) and comprehensive examinations cannot be shared between concurrent degree programs.
  4. The maximum time limits for completing degree requirements and graduation apply to each concurrent degree individually (6 years for Master’s; 10 years or 5 years after comprehensive exams for doctoral).

Concurrent doctoral degrees

A student may pursue concurrent doctoral degrees provided the degree programs are in different academic areas with prior written approval from the head of the academic unit for each degree program and the Graduate College. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be common hours shared between the Plans of Study. In all cases, the guidelines below must be followed:

  1. The student must be enrolled in both programs each fall and spring semester to maintain continuous enrollment or must submit a Request to Maintain Continuous Enrollment form. A Graduate College approved Request applies to both degree programs; students may not be registered for coursework in either program.
  2. The 30 hours allowed from a previously awarded master’s degree may only be applied to one of the doctoral programs and graduate credit transferred from another institution may be applied toward only one degree program.
  3. The comprehensive examination, the dissertation prospectus, and the dissertation cannot be shared between concurrent degree programs.
  4. The student must meet the 10 year maximum time limit and 5 year limit after comprehensive exams for each degree.

Master’s in Passing (MIP)

In those cases where there is an approved Master’s in Passing (MIP) program in place for a doctoral degree, those doctoral students who complete the requirements of the approved MIP may be awarded the related master’s degree. Students should check with their doctoral program to see if there is an approved Master’s in Passing for their degree.

Students who include 30 hours from a previously awarded master’s degree on their doctoral Plan of Study are not eligible for a Master’s in Passing. All coursework included in an MIP Plan of Study must have been completed after the semester and year of admission to the doctoral program.

Bachelor’s/master’s accelerated programs

In a limited number of pre-approved programs, ASU will allow for the simultaneous pursuit of an undergraduate and graduate degree. In such cases, the program must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate College. The students must successfully complete the undergraduate degree and be admitted to the respective graduate program prior to completing 12 credits of graduate coursework. Students must contact their ASU undergraduate advisor and graduate support staff to ensure proper sharing of credit hours.

Students may not share any credit hours taken as an undergraduate student unless they have been formally admitted to an approved accelerated program.