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Obtaining Your Certificate

Certificate Programs
CSULB offers a number of programs leading to the award of a post-baccalaureate certificate. Some certificates must be pursued concurrently while pursuing a degree. Select programs can be pursued independently as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the University catalog for a list of available certificate programs and details.

 

Certificate Requirements

Certificate programs typically require completion of 24 to 27 units of course work and emphasize the practical application of knowledge. When the certificate is pursued concurrently with a Master’s degree, there may be an opportunity for courses to apply to both the degree and certificate programs, if the program permits, but such overlap may not exceed 15 units. Consult with your academic department for details.

Obtaining Your Certificate

Visit MyCSULB to apply for graduation and pay the Graduation Application fee online no later than the deadline for your graduation term (see below). Current fees are listed in the University catalog.

Graduation Term

Deadline

Application Window

Fall

Preceding March 1

October 16 - March 1

Winter

Preceding March 1

October 16 - March 1

Spring

Preceding October 15

March 2 - October 15

Summer

Preceding October 15

March 2 - October 15

You can still apply for graduation online after the deadline, but you will need to pay an additional $10 fee (in addition to the $45 apply to graduate fee). If you apply for Spring/Summer after May 1 (or Fall/Winter after December 1), you will not be able to apply online and will be required to submit the Application for Graduation (Special Considerations Only) form (with $55 payment) in person at the Enrollment Services windows on the first floor in Brotman Hall (BH-101).

The evaluation of your record begins about 3 weeks after your final semester. All items that affect your certificate, such as transcripts for transfer work, substitutions, grade changes, petitions, waivers, etc., must be received prior to the last day of your final semester.

After the Enrollment Services’ review, you will be notified via email as to the status of your certificate. If you completed all requirements, you will receive an email notification when your certificate will be mailed to you. The award of a certificate will be noted on your transcript.